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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch in its noncommercial educational effort 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.

December 24, 2021 • Delaware, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind reps, Ocean City fisherman still far apart

Offshore wind energy continues to press ahead, and while those companies that intend to erect scores of turbines off the Ocean City coast continue to work on strengthening their ties within the maritime community, chasms remain between their interests and those of commercial and recreational fishermen. Last week, representatives from US Wind – Director of External Affairs Nancy Sopko, Director of Marine Affairs Ben Cooper and Fisheries Liaison Ron Larsen – briefed the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council on their progress in the . . . Complete story »

April 9, 2021 • Delaware, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Reader weighs in on proposed wind farm

Having read yet more articles regarding the proposed wind farm off the coast of Delaware (Coastal Point and Delaware Today), I am still at a loss to understand the justification for the current proposal. I am sure I am not the only Delawarean in such a position. First and foremost, I fail to understand why DNREC would sign a MOU for this project without first allowing for public input. Taking such action is a clear abuse of the trust placed . . . Complete story »

February 6, 2021 • DelawarePrint storyE-mail story

Renewable energy bill passed

DELAWARE – According to local legislators, a renewable energy bill that passed last week is still causing concerns. In the renewable energy bill, legislators say it aims to focus on ways to produce cleaner less carbonated air. According to electric power experts, with fossil fuel energy, more carbon goes into the air which pollutes the environment. With renewable energy, the air is essentially “carbon free.” However, some legislators say, they have concerns about the bill and they believe this would . . . Complete story »

January 8, 2021 • DelawarePrint storyE-mail story

Association of Coastal Towns talks wind farm, beach replenishment and more

DELAWARE- Coastal towns had a lot of things happen this past year, mayors from Lewes down to Fenwick Island addressed some issues and topics from a COVID stricken year. The coast saw everything from the Skipjack wind farm proposal, and also there was an oil spill along the coast, but definitely one of those bigger topics was that wind farm project. a majority of the meeting today spent talking about a letter sent in December to a number of law . . . Complete story »

November 9, 2020 • Delaware, Maryland, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Orsted announces Skipjack Wind Farm project will be delayed again

OCEAN CITY, Md. – The completion of one of two proposed wind farms off the coast of Ocean City has been delayed for the second time this year, according to the company in charge of the project. The completion of the Skipjack Wind Farm, which is being built by Ørsted, is facing another delay, according to comments by Ørsted CEO Henrik Poulsen last week. “Assuming the permitting process starts moving within the first quarter of next year, it appears highly likely . . . Complete story »

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 »

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