Wind Power News: Maryland
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Already targeted by an appropriations bill in Congress, two proposed wind energy projects off the coast of Maryland could face a sneak attack in the Free State’s upcoming legislative session. Officials in the resort town of Ocean City, Md., fearful that wind turbines will damage their lucrative tourist economy, have hired a plugged-in Annapolis lobbyist to help them push the two projects farther offshore. The lobbyist, Bruce Bereano, said in an interview this week that he was hired to focus . . .
Delaware begins discussion of off-shore wind; Maryland project would cross into waters off Fenwick Island
As the breeze turns cooler, Delaware officials are brainstorming how that very wind could benefit the state. Maryland is striding forward with offshore wind power, causing shore residents to wonder how large a wind turbine could appear on the ocean’s horizon, both from Maryland’s beaches and across the line in the First State. Meanwhile, Delaware lawmakers are remembering the failed wind project that could have been up and running several years ago. In August, Delaware Gov. John Carney gave the . . .
The Ocean City Council has hired prominent Maryland lobbyist Bruce Bereano to help push the wind farms to the desired distance of 23 miles offshore. “There is one chance to do this right, and there’s no one better at a state and federal level,” Councilman Tony DeLuca said. “He knows everyone in Annapolis, he has the reputation, and he’s the right man for the job.” Bereano, who has lobbied state lawmakers for special-interest groups over the past three decades, is . . .
A coalition of environmentalists, clergy and solar and wind energy companies launched a campaign Wednesday calling for half of Maryland’s electricity to come from renewable sources. That would double a policy adopted last year requiring that renewable energy account for 25 percent of the state’s electricity portfolio by 2020. The new campaign is setting a target of 2030. “We cannot wait another moment to begin bringing about the clean-energy future we need,” said Brooke Harper, Maryland and District of Columbia . . .
At least one of two offshore wind projects approved by Maryland utility regulators in May could be in jeopardy after an amendment sponsored by Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) that seeks to push the turbines farther from the coast was approved by the U.S. House Appropriations Committee in the past week. The amendment would block the use of federal funds to conduct reviews of site assessments or construction plans for any turbines closer than 24 nautical miles from the shoreline – funding . . .
Ocean City officials are resisting a plan to build a wind farm off Maryland’s coast – among the first of its kind in the nation – and they are taking their fight to Congress. The $1.4 billion project, in the works for seven years, would put as many as 187 wind turbines off the coast of the state’s best-known beach destination. Though the developer has already moved the proposed site farther off shore than originally planned, town officials say the towering structures . . .
As Jeffrey M. Grybowski of Deepwater Wind has a vested interest in an offshore wind project that I criticized, it is not surprising that has chosen to spin the facts to his advantage (“Offshore wind power has a bright future in Md.,” July 18). In contrast, I have no such vested interest – other than a concern over the state spending my money and that of other residents in a wise and efficient manner. In my commentary (“Md. offshore wind projects . . .
OCEAN CITY – Less than 24 hours after Ocean City officials voted to send another letter to potential offshore wind farm developers over the distance from shore issue, Congressman Andy Harris was successful in getting an amendment passed that could derail the project altogether. Harris, who represents Maryland’s first congressional district, on Tuesday was able to attach an amendment on a Department of the Interior appropriations bill that will prohibit the use of federal funds to conduct reviews of site assessments . . .
MARYLAND – The House Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment introduced by Congressman Andy Harris to the Interior Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2018 on Tuesday. Officials say that this amendment blocks the use of federal money to review site assessment or construction and operation plans for wind turbines less than 24 nautical miles from the State of Maryland shoreline – the distance people would not be able to see the turbines from the shoreline and affect the view scape. Congressman Harris . . .
CUMBERLAND – A wind energy developer is seeking judicial review of the Maryland Public Service Commission’s decision denying its request to construct a 17-turbine wind farm atop Dan’s Mountain. David Friend, managing partner of Laurel Renewable Partners, which controls project developer Dan’s Mountain Wind Force, said Friday he’s disappointed by the PSC’s June 16 decision to deny a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity – the necessary permit for the company to construct, own and operate the proposed farm. In its decision, . . .