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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.


August 22, 2020 • Delaware, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Larger offshore wind turbines approved off Ocean City. Here’s what you need to know.

OCEAN CITY, Md. – After more than a year of debate between Ocean City and Ørsted, the state of Maryland ruled the offshore wind developer can use larger wind turbines for the Skipjack Wind Farm Project. The Maryland Public Service Commission, who’s charged with regulating the Skipjack project, ruled Thursday evening on a number of issues surrounding the Ørsted project, to be located more than 20 miles off the coast of Ocean City. The decision by the commission stems from Ørsted’s . . . Complete story »


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

Maryland regulators OK change to jumbo wind turbines for Skipjack project

Ørsted announced that the Maryland Public Service Commission’s the Skipjack Wind Farm’s use of GE Haliade-X 12 megawatt wind turbines. The wind farm is slated to be located off the Maryland and Delaware coasts off Fenwick Island and Ocean City. The turbine is the most powerful in the world and is as tall as a 55-story building. GE claims the wind turbines produce electricity at a lower cost than competitors. “Ørsted is pleased that the Maryland Public Service Commission approved . . . Complete story »


August 7, 2020 • Delaware, Letters, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Reader talks environmental impact of project

In the midst of the pandemic fog, with the local coastal community at risk for a prolonged battle of health, economics and education stressors, the issues of the environment continue to move forward. Part and parcel of social justice, is environmental justice. The most recent article on the Skipjack Wind project and the revised Ørsted plan (Coastal Point July 17th ) for the connection to the electrical grid, is alarming. Why the sudden concern for the health of Fenwick wetlands . . . Complete story »


July 30, 2020 • Delaware, Letters, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Reader says DNREC/Ørsted MOU is cause for future concern

On the morning of July 10, Ørsted suddenly announced that it had notified DNREC that it would no longer pursue the development of its interconnection facility in Fenwick Island State Park stating: “[f]ollowing the completion of more thorough evaluations of the area proposed for the facility, Ørsted has determined that a large portion of the site is comprised of undisturbed wetlands.” DNREC quickly followed a similar statement that: “There has been an understanding since the proposal was first made that . . . Complete story »


July 30, 2020 • Delaware, Letters, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Reader has concerns about offshore wind turbines

There are two large wind-turbine projects proposed off our beaches. The lease area extends from the inlet at Ocean City north to Rehoboth. US Wind (an Italian company), according to their website, plans to install as many as 187 wind turbines. Orsted (a Danish company) plans to initially install 12 wind turbines that are 845 feet tall, with more likely coming after that. The Ocean City government opposes the location of the wind turbines, which could be as close as . . . Complete story »


July 27, 2020 • Delaware, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Ørsted still mulling location for wind power facility

FENWICK ISLAND – Ørsted, the Danish wind power company that in early July pulled the plug on a proposed interconnect facility at Fenwick Island State Park for its wind farm project due to wetlands/environmental concerns, continues to explore other options. The company soon hopes to announce a new potential site for the land-based interconnect for Skipjack, a proposed 120-megawatt offshore wind farm projected to provide power for distribution to PJM, a regional transmission organizer that coordinates the movement of electricity in . . . Complete story »


July 18, 2020 • Delaware, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm trying to find new locations to bring offshore wind project onshore

BETHANY BEACH, Del.- Changes to the controversial wind farm project off the Delaware and Maryland coast. Originally, the energy company proposed building its interconnection facility in Fenwick Island State Park. That’s no longer the case, but new ideas could still keep the project in Delaware. Components for the proposed Skipjack Wind Farm may now be headed North. Since Orsted pivoted away from the original plans in Fenwick Island State Park, the company now says it’s looking at the Bethany, Cedar . . . Complete story »


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 »


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