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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.

August 31, 2018 • Letters, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Hypocritical argument

In a letter to the editor in the Aug. 24 issue, “Hypocritical Views In OC,” “progressive” Jared Schablein goes way out on a limb in his attempt to defend wind farms. He does so by comparing them to banner airplanes and boat advertising. I’m wondering if he knows the meanings of the following two words: Fleeting: Passing or fading quickly, lasting for a very short time, brief and short-lived. Permanent: Lasting or intended to last indefinitely, irreversible. Aerial advertising has . . . Complete story »

August 22, 2018 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine company hosts first ever Lego-build in OC

OCEAN CITY, Md – The Skipjack Wind Farm will stop at nothing to try and get Ocean City on their side and they made that clear today with a one-of-a-kind event. 47 ABC was there as families and kids of all ages enjoyed a LEGO build where they used thousands of LEGO pieces to build their own windmills. Officials with the Skipjack Wind Farm which will be built along the Maryland-Delaware Coastline – say that the event was designed to . . . Complete story »

August 1, 2018 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Under the sea: Company to explore ocean floor off Maryland’s coast to prepare for offshore wind plans

Deepwater Wind, which operates a wind farm in waters off Rhode Island, wants to build another one off the Maryland coast. But before its proposal can go forward, the company needs to know what lies on the sea floor here – and within the ancient layers of sediment beneath it. So geologists, marine biologists and archaeologists will spend the next couple of months seeking answers, scouting the potential footprint of a wind energy project planned near the mouth of the Delaware . . . Complete story »

July 27, 2018 • Delaware, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power reality: People learn while government decides

If a Delawarean goes to the beach and sees a line of wind turbines in the distance, what is the impact? Does he vow to never again visit the eyesore, or does he hire a boat to tour the engineering marvel? When he turns on the air conditioning at home, does he save money because of the wind power, or pay an extra dollar to subsidize the renewable energy? Will his children’s asthma improve because of fewer fossil fuels, or . . . Complete story »

July 20, 2018 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Why the fishing industry is against offshore wind farms near Ocean City

Concern from the fishing industry is the latest development in the escalating debate over offshore wind farms near Ocean City. Representatives say wind farms could cause harm by driving marine wildlife away, disturbing the ocean environment and making navigation more difficult for fishers and mariners. “Now with the current offshore wind leasing process, we have these fishing grounds being sold right out from under us,” said Meghan Lapp during a recent presentation to the Ocean City Town Council. Lapp is . . . Complete story »

July 18, 2018 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind projects’ impact on fishing grounds discussed

OCEAN CITY – After hearing a strong presentation on the potential impacts of offshore wind energy farms on fishing off the Ocean City coast and throughout the mid-Atlantic, resort officials this week seemed poised to strengthen their opposition to the proposed projects. Since the Maryland Public Service Commission over a year ago approved the leases for two wind energy projects off the coast, Ocean City officials have been in a prolonged battle with the two approved developers to site the massive . . . Complete story »

July 17, 2018 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind topic blows back onto Ocean City agenda

Offshore wind farms near Ocean City’s coast will again come up for discussion at Monday’s Town Council meeting. Meghan Lapp, a fisheries liaison for Seabreeze Ltd. in Rhode Island, will outline concerns with how wind farms may affect commercial fishing, according to the agenda document. The presentation will also feature local fisherman George Topping. The addition of wind farms could restrict fishing areas, according to the presentation outline in the agenda documents. Lapp cites the White Marlin Open as one . . . Complete story »

June 15, 2018 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Amendment urges more wind farm oversight

OCEAN CITY – U.S. Congressman Andy Harris (R-1-Md.) was successful in getting language added to a federal appropriations bill that would provide more oversight to the proposed offshore wind energy projects off the coast of the resort. Last Wednesday, Harris was able to attach language in the fiscal year 2019 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill urging the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to closely scrutinize the siting of offshore wind turbines in a pair of projects approved off the coast . . . Complete story »

June 15, 2018 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Sparring over offshore wind farm distance continues

OCEAN CITY – Asserting “our view is not for sale,” resort officials recently rejected an olive branch of sorts from US Wind that could have provided free electric power and other concessions to Ocean City in exchange for relaxing its opposition to the distance of the offshore wind turbines. Since the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) over a year ago approved two offshore wind energy projects, or offshore wind renewable energy credits (ORECs) off the coast of Ocean City, town officials . . . Complete story »

June 12, 2018 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

A wind farm developer offered Ocean City free electricity, but resort town is still fighting offshore turbines

Ocean City officials say they don’t want offshore wind turbines to be built within 30 miles of the resort town’s beaches under any circumstances – not even in exchange for free electricity. That was among the offers energy developer U.S. Wind recently made to appease concerns that its planned wind farm off Maryland’s coast will harm tourism. The company also dangled other community investments worth hundreds of thousands of dollars each year, and offered to alter its plans if Ocean City . . . Complete story »

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