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Researchers at the University of Delaware recently released a statewide survey that reveals Delawareans are in favor of offshore wind power as a future source of energy.

When asked to select from a variety of sources to help the state increase its energy supply, more than 90% of the 949 Delaware residents responding to the survey supported an offshore wind option - even if wind power were to add between $1 and $30 per month to their electric bills. Fewer than 10% voted for an expansion of coal or natural gas power at current prices. In addition, when compared to the Cape Wind project in Massachusetts, researchers found that nearly 78% of Delawareans would approve an identical project if it were located in Delaware, and only 4% would oppose it, with the remainder unsure.

The survey was conducted by a doctoral student at the University of Delaware, along with researchers from the College of Marine and Earth Studies. It was supported by a Green Energy Fund grant from the Delaware Energy Office in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and by the college.

In December, BlueWater Wind announced the company is competing for a bid to construct the country's first offshore wind farm in the state. The company will know by the end of February if it won the bid. See "BlueWater Wind Proposes Offshore Wind Farms In Delaware."

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