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In-service date for US Wind's Md. offshore wind farm pushed back 2 years

US Wind Inc.'s 270-MW wind project off the coast of Maryland will not come online until 2023, two years later than planned, the developer told state regulators.

The Marwin Project, which is part of the larger Ocean City Offshore Wind Project, previously had an estimated commercial operation date of 2021. But in a letter summarizing an annual report on the project's progress, US Wind Country Manager Salvo Vitale said the date for the Marwin Project had been pushed back.

"US Wind's estimated [commercial operation date] may continue to change as its qualified offshore wind project develops or as unforeseen variables may arise," the Nov. 25 letter said.

The letter, and a subsequent emailed statement by Vitale, did not give a specific reason for the delay.

"It's not at all uncommon for renewable energy projects to set ambitious deadlines, that could subsequently be subject to delays and/or postponements for a number of reasons (mostly related to the permitting process)," Vitale said.

The project remains on track for completion by 2025, as required by the Maryland Public Service Commission, Vitale said. The commission approved it, along with Ørsted A/S's 120-MW Skipjack Offshore Wind Project, in 2017.

The head of the Maryland Energy Administration and the Town of Ocean City, Md., have called on the commission to further review both projects now that they have increased the size of the turbines they plan to use.

PSC spokeswoman Tori Leonard said the commission is reviewing the comments and will then make a determination about any next steps.