Wind turbine. Photo by Patrick Finnegan/Flickr Creative Commons

In a measure to promote Maryland’s offshore wind capacity, the Maryland Energy Administration announced on Friday that they will be providing $1.7 million in grants to six local businesses and training centers, including the Baltimore City Public Schools system. 

The grant awards, supplied through the Maryland Offshore Wind Capital Expenditure Grant Program and Maryland Offshore Wind Workforce Training Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2022, are meant to fund emerging businesses entering the offshore wind industry.

Mary Beth Tung, the director of Maryland Energy Administration, said the grants will help support the growing need for offshore wind energy.

“MEA’s offshore wind programs help our state achieve its goals of establishing a vigorous offshore wind supply network within Maryland,” Tung said in a statement. “We are meeting the demand for clean and low carbon energy while supporting new businesses in our state.”

This year, the funds from the Maryland Offshore Wind Capital Expenditure grant were allocated to three training centers: Baltimore City Public Schools, the Baltimore brand of Jane Addams Resource Corporation, and the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies.

The Baltimore City Public Schools system was granted $400,000 to go towards the district’s Career and Technical Education Pathway, a professional development program that allows students to pursue certification in their career path of interest before graduation. With the grant money, BCPSS plans to develop a specific offshore wind curriculum as well as a paid summer training program, “Baltimore Trains for Wind.”

To facilitate their existing career readiness programs, the Jane Addams Resource Corporations, located in Park Heights, received $225,000 in grant money. The Baltimore branch’s Career Manufacturing Program provides programming to help develop skills for the metalworking and construction industries, like welding, computer numerical control, and manufacturing.

The Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies, located in Linthicum Heights, secured $320,000 in grant money for their Maritime Advancement, Training, Education, and Safety (MATES) program. Through MATES, mariners looking to break into the offshore wind industry can receive maritime education and training; the grant funding will allow the institute to upgrade its simulation technology.

Through the capital expenditure grant program, three local businesses will also be funded. They include Clark Machine Corporation in Rosedale; Patriot Steel Fabrication, Inc., located in Church Creek on the Eastern Shore; and Strum Contracting Company in Wagner’s Point in south Baltimore.

With $213,000 in grant money, Clark Machine Corporation will be able to purchase the supplies needed to build steel parts to be used in wind turbines. 

Similarly, Patriot Steel Fabrication, Inc. will receive $320,000 in order to purchase equipment to aid in the manufacturing of rails and ladders to be used in offshore wind facilities.

Strum Contracting has been granted $249,000 to purchase and install steel equipment for offshore wind manufacturing.

With the aid of MEA, Maryland is working towards the goal of procuring 40,000 megawatt of offshore wind capacity by 2040 alongside a number of other east coast states. If 30,000 megawatt is generated by 2030, the American Clean Power Association forecasts that over 80,000 new jobs will open up in the offshore wind industry.

Liv Barry

Liv Barry is Baltimore Fishbowl's 2022 summer reporting intern. Barry is rising junior at Washington College, where she is majoring in communication and media studies and double minoring in journalism,...

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