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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 29, 2020 • Maryland, North Carolina, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina form partnership to jointly develop offshore wind

OCEAN CITY, Md. – The governors of Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina signed a memorandum of understanding Thursday promising to work together in the pursuit of growing the offshore wind industry off the coast of their three states. The memorandum of understanding calls for the creation of a joint partnership called the Mid-Atlantic Regional Transformative Partnership for Offshore Wind Energy Resources (SMART-POWER), according to a copy of the agreement. That partnership will include a new leadership team made up of representatives . . . Complete story »

August 22, 2020 • Delaware, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Larger offshore wind turbines approved off Ocean City. Here’s what you need to know.

OCEAN CITY, Md. – After more than a year of debate between Ocean City and Ørsted, the state of Maryland ruled the offshore wind developer can use larger wind turbines for the Skipjack Wind Farm Project. The Maryland Public Service Commission, who’s charged with regulating the Skipjack project, ruled Thursday evening on a number of issues surrounding the Ørsted project, to be located more than 20 miles off the coast of Ocean City. The decision by the commission stems from Ørsted’s . . . Complete story »

August 21, 2020 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Maryland regulators approve larger offshore wind turbines, order developer to work with Ocean City officials

Maryland utility regulators green lighted a Danish company’s plans to build offshore wind turbines larger than originally proposed, but ordered the developer to work with Ocean City officials who fear the turbines could disrupt tourism. The Maryland Public Service Commission announced Thursday that Skipjack Offshore Energy, a subsidiary of Danish company Ørsted, can use a wind turbine that is more than 800 feet tall – about 200 feet larger than its initial proposal. Ocean City leaders objected to the change last . . . Complete story »

August 21, 2020 • Delaware, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Maryland regulators OK change to jumbo wind turbines for Skipjack project

Ørsted announced that the Maryland Public Service Commission’s the Skipjack Wind Farm’s use of GE Haliade-X 12 megawatt wind turbines. The wind farm is slated to be located off the Maryland and Delaware coasts off Fenwick Island and Ocean City. The turbine is the most powerful in the world and is as tall as a 55-story building. GE claims the wind turbines produce electricity at a lower cost than competitors. “Ørsted is pleased that the Maryland Public Service Commission approved . . . Complete story »

August 7, 2020 • Delaware, Letters, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Reader talks environmental impact of project

In the midst of the pandemic fog, with the local coastal community at risk for a prolonged battle of health, economics and education stressors, the issues of the environment continue to move forward. Part and parcel of social justice, is environmental justice. The most recent article on the Skipjack Wind project and the revised Ørsted plan (Coastal Point July 17th ) for the connection to the electrical grid, is alarming. Why the sudden concern for the health of Fenwick wetlands . . . Complete story »

July 31, 2020 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Post-hearing briefs mostly support larger offshore wind turbines

OCEAN CITY – Independent stakeholders in one of two offshore wind projects appear to have little concern with the significantly larger turbines selected, according to briefs filed with the Maryland Public Service Commission following a hearing last month. In June, the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) held an evidentiary hearing on the proposed change in wind turbine size for Orsted’s Skipjack project off the coast of Ocean City. The evidentiary hearing was called when Skipjack announced its intention to switch from . . . Complete story »

July 30, 2020 • Delaware, Letters, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Reader says DNREC/Ørsted MOU is cause for future concern

On the morning of July 10, Ørsted suddenly announced that it had notified DNREC that it would no longer pursue the development of its interconnection facility in Fenwick Island State Park stating: “[f]ollowing the completion of more thorough evaluations of the area proposed for the facility, Ørsted has determined that a large portion of the site is comprised of undisturbed wetlands.” DNREC quickly followed a similar statement that: “There has been an understanding since the proposal was first made that . . . Complete story »

July 30, 2020 • Delaware, Letters, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Reader has concerns about offshore wind turbines

There are two large wind-turbine projects proposed off our beaches. The lease area extends from the inlet at Ocean City north to Rehoboth. US Wind (an Italian company), according to their website, plans to install as many as 187 wind turbines. Orsted (a Danish company) plans to initially install 12 wind turbines that are 845 feet tall, with more likely coming after that. The Ocean City government opposes the location of the wind turbines, which could be as close as . . . Complete story »

July 27, 2020 • Delaware, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Ørsted still mulling location for wind power facility

FENWICK ISLAND – Ørsted, the Danish wind power company that in early July pulled the plug on a proposed interconnect facility at Fenwick Island State Park for its wind farm project due to wetlands/environmental concerns, continues to explore other options. The company soon hopes to announce a new potential site for the land-based interconnect for Skipjack, a proposed 120-megawatt offshore wind farm projected to provide power for distribution to PJM, a regional transmission organizer that coordinates the movement of electricity in . . . Complete story »

July 18, 2020 • Delaware, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm trying to find new locations to bring offshore wind project onshore

BETHANY BEACH, Del.- Changes to the controversial wind farm project off the Delaware and Maryland coast. Originally, the energy company proposed building its interconnection facility in Fenwick Island State Park. That’s no longer the case, but new ideas could still keep the project in Delaware. Components for the proposed Skipjack Wind Farm may now be headed North. Since Orsted pivoted away from the original plans in Fenwick Island State Park, the company now says it’s looking at the Bethany, Cedar . . . Complete story »

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