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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.


October 17, 2019 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

County approves plan for 17 wind turbines on Dan’s Mountain; Opponents of proposed wind farm vow to fight on

CUMBERLAND – The Allegany County Board of Zoning Appeals voted 2-1 Wednesday to permit the construction of 17 wind turbines on Dan’s Mountain. The case, which first surfaced in 2015, placed representatives of Dan’s Mountain Wind Farm LLC against a citizens group opposed to the turbines called Allegany Neighbors and Citizens for Home Owners Rights Limited. The vote took place at the Allegany County Office Complex on Kelly Road, a week after the three-member board heard arguments from both sides. Although . . . Complete story »


October 17, 2019 • Delaware, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Locals call on state leaders to hold off on wind farm and interconnection facility

FENWICK ISLAND, DE – Up to $18 million dollars in additions to Fenwick Island State Park could be on the way. But this all depends on whether or not energy company Orsted is approved to build an offshore wind project off of Maryland and Delaware’s coastline. If it is approved, Orsted says the “Skipjack Wind Farm will be sited at least 19 miles from the Maryland-Delaware line and 26 miles from the Ocean City pier. It will generate enough clean . . . Complete story »


October 11, 2019 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Attorneys argue wind farm case

CUMBERLAND – A decision on a proposal to install 17 energy-generating windmills on Dan’s Mountain has been delayed until Oct. 16. The three-member Allegany County Board of Zoning Appeals heard arguments pro and con from attorneys Wednesday regarding the proposal, but postponed a ruling to review evidentiary documents. The hearing was held at the county office complex on Kelly Road. The proposed wind farm would be installed along the ridgeline of Dan’s Mountain near the community of Midland. Although a verdict . . . Complete story »


October 11, 2019 • Delaware, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Fenwick residents blast proposed wind farm deal; Transmission project at state park questioned

FENWICK ISLAND – A proposal last week to swap an area of the Fenwick Island State Park to the developer of a proposed offshore wind farm in exchange for millions of dollars in amenities has rankled homeowners in the neighboring community. One week after proposal to swap an area of the Fenwick Island State Park to the developer of one of Maryland’s two offshore wind projects for an onshore power station in exchange for millions of dollars in amenities at the . . . Complete story »


October 11, 2019 • Delaware, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Homeowner group objects to wind-farm proposal

A homeowners’ group has raised a series of objections to a proposal by a wind-farm developer for an estimated $15 million to $18 million project in Fenwick Island State Park. The Fenwick Island Society of Homeowners (FISH), which represents about 175 households in Fenwick Island, shared with the Coastal Point a letter they sent to state parks officials, dated Oct. 8 and signed by six FISH officers: Amy Kyle, Cathy Stump, Anne Hodges, Kevin Carouge, Janet Hess and Lynn Andrews. . . . Complete story »


October 4, 2019 • Letters, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

New wind turbines deserve a close look

In response to Shawn Soper’s article “World’s Largest Offshore Wind Turbine Now Planned Off Ocean City,” I thought I would take the time to make Ocean City residents aware of some of the issues with offshore wind, and these newly announced turbines in particular. As an Ocean City business person, as with most business owners, my economic and personal life centers around established Ocean City industries – tourism and local fishing. Earlier this year, the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association sent a . . . Complete story »


September 27, 2019 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Concerns grow over wind turbines proposed height in Ocean City

OCEAN CITY, Md–Ocean City now has even “bigger” concerns over the proposed offshore wind turbines. Developers are calling it the world’s largest offshore wind turbine and it could soon be off the coast of Ocean City . The new plan calls for building turbines that would reach 853 ft into the air. Some worry how it could distort their view of Ocean City’s coast. ” I want to see boats, seagulls, dolphins, beauty , and nature not windmills,” says one . . . Complete story »


September 26, 2019 • Letters, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Decision against wind farm should be allowed to stand

We are writing you in regards to the Board of Zoning Appeals Hearing (BOZA) scheduled Oct. 9, involving Dan’s Mountain Wind Force (Case No. 942 and 943 remanded). We live in the Harwood community and are currently working with the neighborhood and Dan’s Mountain Solar Company to have a solar farm placed on a lot adjacent to ours. A representative of the solar company advised us about the project. Through speaking with him and doing some research of our own, . . . Complete story »


September 20, 2019 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Ocean City continues anti-offshore wind campaign

OCEAN CITY – With the arrival of a massive meteorological tower off the resort coast signaling the next significant step in the development of offshore wind farms, Ocean City officials this week, as promised, fired off a letter to the governor reiterating the town’s position on the distance of the turbines from the shore. US Wind, one of two companies to gain approval to develop offshore wind energy farms off the coast of Ocean City, last week transported a meteorological tower, . . . Complete story »


September 11, 2019 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Crisfield wind turbine underperforming in expected savings

The turbine, a $4.1 million project, was expected to save the city $10,000 a month in electric. But City Manager Rick Pollitt says the turbine has never generated that much in savings. “There was some original assumptions that the electricity produced would totally take care of our wastewater treatment plant and maybe even have some left over to sell back to the grid. That’s not happening, but we have seen a sharp reduction of our in house electricity bills by . . . Complete story »


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