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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

June 21, 2017 • Letters, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm ruling a victory for county’s residents

We won, our nightmare is over! Dan’s Mountain has been saved from wind turbines. (See: “PSC denies certificate for Dan’s Mountain wind farm,” June 20 Times-News, Page 1A.) The Maryland Public Service Commission affirms Chief Public Utility Law Judge Terry Romine’s decision to deny Dan’s Mountain Wind Force’s application to build wind turbines on Dan’s Mountain. Thank you to the thousands and thousands of residents in Allegany County and all over Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania for supporting Allegany Neighbors . . .

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June 20, 2017 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

PSC denies certificate for Dan’s Mountain wind farm

CUMBERLAND – The Maryland Public Service Commission has sided with a public utility law judge’s order denying a wind-power developer’s request to construct a 17-turbine wind farm on Dan’s Mountain, effectively killing the project. In a 16-page document released Friday, the PSC affirmed an order issued by Chief Public Utility Law Judge Terry J. Romine in January. The PSC denied Dan’s Mountain Wind Force’s request for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity as well as any other outstanding requests or . . .

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June 2, 2017 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm outfits take PSC’s deal; Companies pledge to meet jobs requirement and work out of ports in Maryland

Both US Wind and Deepwater Wind have agreed to the terms and conditions set forth by the Public Service commission as part of its May 11 decision to allow both wind farm projects to proceed off the coast of Ocean City. Deepwater Wind was the first to issue a response to the commission for its Skipjack project, to be located about 17 miles off the coast straddling the Maryland-Delaware border. “In accordance with [the] Public Utilities Article … and the . . .

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May 26, 2017 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm developers accept Maryland’s terms to move forward with projects off Ocean City

The developers of two wind farms planned off the coast of Ocean City are moving forward with their projects, accepting terms Maryland regulators laid out earlier this month in allowing them to collect subsidies from the state’s electricity customers. Deepwater Wind and U.S. Wind have both notified the Public Service Commission that they have agreed to invest a collective $115 million in manufacturing facilities and port upgrades around Sparrows Point in southeastern Baltimore County, and to contribute $6 million to . . .

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May 24, 2017 • Delaware, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Delaware loses offshore wind farms to Maryland

The entirety of Delaware’s designated offshore wind capacity is poised to power Maryland homes instead, despite last-minute objections from state and federal officials. Maryland regulators signed off on what would be America’s largest offshore wind projects located on the federally controlled Outer Continental Shelf earlier this month. US Wind of Baltimore and Skipjack Offshore Energy are funding the two projects that would cost a combined $2.1 billion to build, generating 368 megawatts combined initially. Delaware’s Congressional delegation sent a letter . . .

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May 19, 2017 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Resort sees turbines as big ill wind; Business people, officials follow up PSC ruling with outrage and major concern

Ocean City officials and business leaders voiced their opposition on wind farms quickly and clearly days after the Public Service Commission (PSC) endorsed two proposals with no guarantees that they wouldn’t be seen from the shore. Carousel Group Managing Partner Michael James has been one of the most vocal opponents and took his concerns to Rep. Andy Harris (R-1st) during a summit on resort real estate last Thursday and to the business community during Friday’s Ocean City Economic Development Committee . . .

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May 19, 2017 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

OC eyes ‘open dialogue’ with wind farm developers

OCEAN CITY – While the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) last week did green light both proposed offshore wind projects off the coast of Ocean City, there will still be ample opportunities for resort officials to push for moving the proposed turbines further off the coast. The PSC announced last Thursday it had approved both the US Wind project, which will put 62 turbines as close as 12-15 miles from the coast of the resort in its first phase, and Deepwater . . .

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May 15, 2017 • Letters, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines

Regarding The Baltimore Sun article “Wind farms OK’d by PSC” (The Capital, May 12): The Public Service Commission has declared open season to build wind farms off Ocean City. Are our backyards and farms next? Probably yes. Wind turbines are like developers. They come in with their big bucks and lawyers, pave you over and disappear. Local citizens must pick up the mess they leave. Wind turbines are a noisy, menacing scar on our horizons. Why do tourists come to . . .

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May 12, 2017 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Environmentalists react to offshore wind approval

OCEAN CITY, Md.- Environmentalists in Ocean City react to offshore wind project approval. Fishermen Monty Hawkins and Wes Pollitt said they have a few questions when it comes to the wind project. Hawkins said he had some concerns regarding seismic surveys. Something that is used on the ocean floor to measure where to place the wind turbines. Hawkins said he has seen the effects of these drills and said, “It literally drove the fish out of a very large region . . .

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May 12, 2017 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm projects OK’d by PSC; Ocean City govt’s requests not included as conditions of commission’s approval

The two proposals to locate wind farms off the coast of Ocean City were approved this week, with the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) announcing its decision Thursday morning. The PSC’s conditional approval of projects by U.S Wind and Skipjack beat its May 17 deadline by a work week and includes none of the provisions advocated by the Ocean City mayor and City Council. As proposed, the U.S. Wind project would be 12-15 nautical miles offshore, although the PSC did . . .

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