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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.


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 »


January 23, 2020 • Delaware, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Huge crowd has its say on wind farms off Maryland and Delaware coast, now the wait begins

OCEAN CITY, Md.- It is now a waiting game for those hoping for changes to two large winds farms off the coasts of Maryland and Delaware. A standing room only crowd of several hundred people descended in Ocean City on Saturday to hear and be heard on the issue. This past fall, the two companies hoping to build the wind farms increased the size of the turbines used to generate power to over 850 feet. Ocean City’s mayor, Rick Meehan, . . . Complete story »


January 21, 2020 • Delaware, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Hundreds attend offshore wind hearing in Ocean City

OCEAN CITY – The detriments and merits of super-sized wind turbines offshore were the subject of Saturday’s five-hour-plus public hearing, which ended with state officials mulling a re-opening of an evidentiary hearing on the proposed projects. In December, the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) issued an order opining the proposed changes in wind turbine heights for two approved offshore wind energy projects off the resort’s coast represented a “substantial change” in what was first approved in 2017 and that the changes . . . Complete story »


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

Public submits robust input on turbines

After two month-long extensions, the state closed public comment Jan. 15 on Ørsted’s controversial proposal to connect the company’s offshore wind farm to the electrical grid by passing through Fenwick Island State Park. The connection project was revealed in late September. In return for being allowed to connect the wind farm, Ørsted has proposed $18 million of improvements at the state park. State Parks Director Ray Bivens said the second extension for comments was added because local officials and legislators . . . Complete story »


January 19, 2020 • Delaware, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Huge crowd has their say over wind farms off Maryland and Delaware

OCEAN CITY, Md.- A standing room only crowd descended in Ocean City to hear and be heard on the issue of wind power off the coasts of Maryland and Delaware. The Ocean City Fire Department estimates there were 1,850 people in attendance. This past fall, the two companies hoping to build the wind farms increased the size of the turbines used to generate power to over 850 feet. Ocean City’s mayor, Rick Meehan, is adamantly opposed to the increased size, . . . Complete story »


January 19, 2020 • Delaware, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Ocean City offshore wind: what you need to know from public hearing

Residents of Ocean City, the Eastern Shore and Delaware packed an exhibit hall at the Ocean City convention center to make known their opinions on offshore wind. The hours-long discussion at times strayed from the public hearing’s stated intention. At least 700 individuals came to the hearing, and 14 pages were filled with names of those registered to speak, according to the Maryland Public Service Commission. The public hearing was called by the commission to get public input on the . . . Complete story »


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