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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.

January 18, 2018 • Maryland, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Opinion: Ocean City faces a legacy-defining decision

Forces are quickly aligning in Maryland to build large industrial power generation projects within eyesight off the coast of Ocean City. Much of the conversation over the location and size of these projects has happened without Ocean City’s direct participation. However, this pending decision weighs heavily on me, as a fifth-generation Eastern Shoreman. It will permanently change what we see, and what we expect to see, when sitting on Maryland’s world-class beach. The project was born from then-Gov. Martin O’Malley’s . . . Complete story »

January 4, 2018 • Delaware, Maryland, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

More states hosting ‘people’s’ hearings on rule repeal

Two more states have announced they intend to hold public hearings on U.S. EPA’s proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan, former President Obama’s signature climate regulation. Maryland and Delaware will join New York in hosting a “People’s Hearing” on the new administration’s plans. While EPA chief Scott Pruitt has scheduled hearings on the repeal in several cities, he failed to set any on the East Coast (E&E News PM, Dec. 18, 2017). “States are taking matters into their own . . . Complete story »

December 29, 2017 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Ocean City turns on offshore wind turbines

The view of waters off Ocean City remains clear, while the possibility of electricity-generating wind turbines jutting up from the horizon is somewhat less so, as local government continued its effort either to kill the idea or push the turbines farther offshore and out of sight. Ocean City government made an abrupt about face during a late March public comment session held at Stephen Decatur Middle School with the Public Service Commission when Mayor Rick Meehan, after viewing a new . . . Complete story »

December 28, 2017 • Editorials, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Environmentalism’s conceit is fatal for the northern gannet

Modern environmentalism is infected with many fallacies and evil ideas, starting with an overblown faith in government and ending with a deep and dark misanthropy that sees humans as negatives rather than as ends in themselves. There is one insight, however, that many environmentalist thinkers hold onto, which is both true and important: Creation is complex, beyond our comprehension, and modern man’s efforts to conquer and subdue nature are bound to create unforeseen problems. It’s the strongest argument environmentalists have. . . . Complete story »

December 24, 2017 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Bird-tracking study reveals some migration paths cross areas slated for offshore wind farms

If wind farms are built off of Maryland’s coast, turbines will be spinning in areas where many seabirds cross – but few linger – during annual migrations, according to a bird-tracking study. Researchers spent the past five years tagging more than 400 birds with tiny transmitters and watching their movements. The exercise has produced the most detailed picture to date of the territories crossed by three common species of seabirds. “We were able to get a much better sense of where these . . . Complete story »

December 20, 2017 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Power struggle: Maryland green energy projects stall amid protests from worried neighbors

DAN’S MOUNTAIN, MD – David Friend began scouting the former strip coal mine here 16 years ago, with visions that it could one day produce a different sort of energy. The developer persuaded landowners along the blustery ridge in Western Maryland to bless his plans for more than two dozen wind turbines that would tower more than 40 stories high. But after a years-long battle with Allegany County officials and concerned neighbors – a saga that has passed through the local zoning . . . Complete story »

November 30, 2017 • Letters, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

It’s monotonous and intrusive

It started in earnest on Monday, Nov. 6. It was going full-blast Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, except for some slower rotations during the early to late mornings. On Saturday, the 11th – relief! The only problem is, it will begin again, often on Sundays; hopefully not until Monday. At one time, for 30 years or more, there was no intrusion at all. That was until wind turbines moved into the area. There are thousands of people, worldwide, who find . . . Complete story »

November 23, 2017 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

US Wind to install fewer, but taller, turbines

While little has changed on the Ocean City side of the dispute between the resort and the companies that have contracted with the state to harvest wind power from the shoreline, the technology has advanced where US Wind has the opportunity to install fewer, albeit taller, turbines. “We’ve been told by our supplier that 4-megawatt turbines would no longer be in production by the time we go to install them, so now we’re evaluating 6 megawatt or 8.4 megawatt turbines,” . . . Complete story »

November 3, 2017 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Group sides with resort on turbines

Membership of the Ocean Pines Association Environment and Natural Assets Advisory Committee voiced opposition to the proposed installation of more than 100 wind turbines off the coast of Ocean City. Committee Chairman Ken Wolf and committee member Tom Janasek spoke against the billion-dollar project at a regular meeting of the OPA Board of Directors last Friday. “We are wholeheartedly behind not approving this wind farm the way it sits,” Janasek said. “There is a statistic that they could put up . . . Complete story »

November 2, 2017 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Committee wants OP to formally oppose wind farm plan

BERLIN – Residents encouraged the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors to oppose offshore wind proposals currently planned for the region. During Friday’s meeting of the board, members of the Ocean Pines Environmental and Natural Assets Advisory Committee asked the board to take a stand against the wind farm projects currently proposed for the waters off Ocean City. “We believe the board needs to publicly indicate we are resolutely opposed,” said Ken Wolf, chair of the committee. Wolf, who is . . . Complete story »

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