Wind Power News: Maryland
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After a dozen people criticized the Ocean City Council’s recent opposition to the location of the proposed wind farms, city officials clarified that they welcome green energy in the resort. “It’s not like we’re writing letters saying that we don’t want this,” Council President Lloyd Martin said Monday night. “We want to do this right the first time. We’re not the bad guys here – we want to make this work.” The show of support for the wind farm came . . .
There is only one word to describe the proposed line of wind turbines on the ocean horizon: eyesore. Yet there are far more profound reasons for every one of us to rise up in protest and voice our opposition. Like so many others, we come to the ocean’s edge to escape the pressures and stress of the world; to imagine an endless horizon; to take peace and joy in this awesome gift of nature. The proposed line of wind turbines . . .
Part of the Ocean City Town Council remained unmoved as the conversation on offshore wind continued Monday. The chamber was packed with people prepared to comment about wind-generated electricity in the beach resort. “I love my town, my state and my world,” said Patty Larkin of Ocean City. “I haven’t been convinced (a wind farm) is a bad idea.” Ultimately, 12 of the 14 members of the audience who spoke during public comments about a proposal from Deepwater were in . . .
OCEAN CITY – Resort officials this week got a closer look at a second proposed offshore wind energy farm that includes fewer turbines further offshore, but still weren’t keen on the proposal and asked the developer to consider moving even further off the coast. The Mayor and Council on Monday got an in-depth presentation from Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski on his company’s proposal to develop a wind energy farm off the coast of the resort. Deepwater’s proposal, called the Skipjack . . .
Ocean City, MD – Ocean City is stuck in the middle of a competition and a difficult decision. It is likely in the next ten years there will be a wind energy farm off the coast of the Eastern Shore. But where it goes and how it will affect the area is still up in the air. The town’s council has been grappling with the idea of a changing landscape and sustainable energy. The back-and-forth continued on Monday night as . . .
The Ocean City Town Council voiced its concern, and US Wind wasted no time to keep conversation open about offshore wind farms. The US Wind project, a proposed 248-megawatt wind farm located 12 to 14 miles off the coast of Ocean City in an 80,000-acre plot of ocean, received scrutiny from the council during a meeting on April 3. Specifically, council members feared a negative impact on tourism as a result of “visual pollution” from the turbines standing on the . . .
OCEAN CITY – Just one week after Ocean City officials voiced serious concerns about the potential visual impact of an offshore wind farm off the coast, the company that has proposed one of the two projects currently on the table has already agreed in principle to move the first line of turbines back five miles from the resort’s coastline. Last week, the Mayor and Council voted to send a letter in opposition to US Wind Inc.’s proposal to develop its offshore . . .
The Ocean City Town Council says the “visual pollution” of an offshore wind farm could hurt tourism and property values, and it has started a process it hopes will ensure the farms are moved farther from the shore. The first step in that plan to put more distance between the beachfront and the sight of the white windmills is a letter the council agreed to send to Gov. Larry Hogan highlighting the council’s concerns. The move was sparked by renderings . . .
Resort officials oppose offshore wind farm; Council worries windmills seen from shore will drive down city’s vacation value
Two weeks after Mayor Rick Meehan got his first glance of “dramatic” renderings of the potential offshore wind turbines, the City Council agreed to declare its opposition to how close the project would be to the shore. Meehan invited U.S. Wind Project Development Director Paul Rich to present his company’s proposal to the council after attending a Public Service Commission hearing on March 25. During the meeting, he testified that he had concerns the wind farms would detract from Ocean . . .
Clean energy advocates might have cringed a little at Ocean City government’s opposition to offshore wind farms this week, but they would be missing a critical point. It’s a simple point at that: why should local government support the development of anything that could, or even might, affect the resort’s well being without a clearly defined reason? This isn’t about the benefits of wind energy, being green or any other benign color, but is strictly a matter of local government . . .