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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

July 11, 2020 • Delaware, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm developer drops Delaware state park plan

FENWICK ISLAND – The developer of an offshore wind farm will not move forward with an interconnection facility at Fenwick Island State Park after further evaluation of the proposed area. Ørsted – the developer of the Skipjack wind farm project just off the coast – announced it has notified the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) it will no longer pursue plans to build an interconnection facility at Fenwick Island State Park, according to a press release issued . . . Complete story »

July 4, 2020 • Delaware, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Agency releases Fenwick Island State Park survey results

FENWICK ISLAND – A Delaware agency released its survey results and responses to frequently asked questions regarding proposed improvements at Fenwick Island State Park this week, but stopped short of making any formal decision allowing an offshore wind developer to build an interconnection facility in return. On Wednesday, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) released survey results and answers to the public’s questions surrounding a proposal that would bring roughly $18 million in capital improvements to . . . Complete story »

June 4, 2020 • Delaware, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

All quiet on Fenwick State Park project, officials say

FENWICK ISLAND – The mayor of Fenwick Island said local officials have yet to hear from a state agency regarding proposed plans for a nearby beach park. In a Fenwick Island Town Council meeting late last month, Mayor Gene Langan said the town had yet to receive a response from Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Secretary Shawn Garvin regarding a proposal that would bring roughly $18 million in capital improvements to Fenwick Island State Park in . . . Complete story »

May 1, 2020 • Delaware, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Skipjack wind farm completion date pushed back by permitting delay

The Skipjack wind-farm project, which has met with opposition from coastal residents since it was announced last October, recently announced that federal permitting issues will cause a one-year delay in the project’s expected completion date. The project, which would be located 19 miles off the Maryland-Delaware coast, would include 12 megawatt turbines that would be about 800 feet tall. The planned size of the turbines was increased last year; the larger turbines would mean that fewer are required to produce . . . Complete story »

April 23, 2020 • DelawarePrint storyE-mail story

Delaware lawmakers propose more solar, wind farms with new bill

Delaware lawmakers want to make Delaware a little greener by promoting more solar energy farms. The effort announced on Tuesday would require utility companies – namely Delmarva Power – to get a greater percentage of their electricity from wind or solar energy by either buying it or creating it themselves. Right now, the goal of Delaware’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, which was created in 2005, is to get 25% of Delaware’s energy from renewable sources by 2025. This new measure would require 40% . . . Complete story »

March 13, 2020 • Delaware, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Reader: Skipjack Wind moves forward, blindly

Regarding “Wind farm company meets with local contractors,” Coastal Point, Feb. 14, 2020: It appears as if the Skipjack Wind project off the coast of Delaware has all the permits pre-approved, as contractors are posed to submit requests for proposals (RFP’s) on land-based construction projects (i.e. the Fenwick Island State Park improvements). Public concern as to the scope and due process of this project is warranted. Both the federal and state permits required to build structures in the ocean and . . . Complete story »

March 13, 2020 • DelawarePrint storyE-mail story

South Bethany preps stances on wind farm, election rules, landscaping

South Bethany has passed a resolution regarding the proposed offshore wind project and proposed amenities at Fenwick Island State Park being offered by the developer in exchange for an electric hookup location there. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) did not notify coastal towns about the proposal before the general public-comments process opened last autumn. “They’re still in the early planning stages, and coastal communities have not been included in any of the discussion of the . . . Complete story »

February 20, 2020 • Delaware, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Evidentiary hearings to open over concerns about Skipjack wind turbines

FENWICK ISLAND, Del.- Wind farms are the center of attention once again as evidentiary hearings for the Skipjack project off of the Ocean City coast will soon be opened. The Maryland Public Service Commission said it will open up the hearings to address concerns that were brought up at a public hearing held in Ocean City back in January. The commission will focus on the impact the turbine selection and change will have on local communities. Officials in Delaware, however, . . . Complete story »

February 20, 2020 • Delaware, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Maryland to hold new hearings on offshore wind turbine height

Nearly a month after hundreds of people filled the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Md., to comment on changes in plans for two wind-farm projects off the Delmarva coast, Maryland’s Public Service Commission has agreed to hold new hearings on the projects. The hearings will focus on plans to change the height of the wind turbines proposed for two projects, U.S. Wind and Skipjack. As now proposed, the turbines for the two projects would be 12 megawatts . . . Complete story »

February 14, 2020 • Delaware, Letters, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Delawareans should not rely on state to make wind farm decision

Delawareans must form an independent conclusion on DNREC’s proposal to house Ørsted’s two-acre electricity substation at Fenwick Island State Park because DNREC is bound to a joint communication strategy and nondisclosure agreement with the corporate and cannot be trusted to convey unbiased information. DNREC has neglected to provide Delawareans two key data points. First, the proposal would meaningfully harm undisturbed and protected wetlands. Impermeable surface at the state park would increase nearly fourfold and currently undisturbed ocean-to-bay coastal wetlands would . . . Complete story »

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