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Wind Power News: Maryland


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.

July 2, 2022 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

U.S. Wind barrels through the BOEM scoping process

The second BOEM meeting on the U.S. Wind project off the coast of Ocean City, Md., and with cable power landfall at North Bethany Beach, was more spirited than the first. Still, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is racing through these hearings on the environmental review process – with U.S. Wind permitting likely in 2024 and initial construction 10 nautical miles from OC’s shoreline in 2025. The “scoping” meetings based on construction and operations plans concluded Monday, June 27, . . . Complete story »

June 23, 2022 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Fishermen concerned about wind turbines being built off Ocean City coast

OCEAN CITY, Md. — A federal agency will begin a series of public hearings Tuesday on the planned wind farm off the coast of Ocean City. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is looking at potential environmental impacts and what measures can be taken to reduce them. Members of the commercial fishing industry have concerns with wind turbines being built on their fishing grounds. Ted Smith has fished for conch off the coast of Ocean City for 20 years, setting . . . Complete story »

June 17, 2022 • Maryland, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Maryland’s offshore wind project is a $4 billion boondoggle

Offshore wind power is coming here! Maryland’s Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2019 (CEJA) mandates the procurement of at least 1,200 megawatts of in-state offshore wind by 2030. Because offshore wind is one of the most expensive forms of renewable energy, this requirement will increase the electric bills of Maryland’s residential and small-business electricity consumers (large consumers are exempt). Considering how expensive this energy is, wouldn’t the logical decision be to build just the minimum capacity required to comply with . . . Complete story »

June 11, 2022 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

BOEM approves offshore wind plan

OCEAN CITY – Federal officials this week announced acceptance of US Wind’s first proposed offshore wind farm projects off the coast of Ocean City and will begin an environmental review of the project with the requisite public hearings scheduled for later this year. The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced on Monday it has accepted the construction and operations plan (COP) for US Wind’s Marwin project, in line to be the first offshore wind project off Maryland’s Atlantic . . . Complete story »

May 23, 2022 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Fenwick committee holds first offshore wind symposium

DAGSBORO – An update on two offshore wind projects and presentations from local and national representatives highlighted the Fenwick Island Environmental Committee’s first Offshore Wind Symposium. Last Friday, the Fenwick Island committee hosted its Offshore Wind Symposium at Indian River High School. With representatives present from US Wind and Ørsted, and local mayors and national experts in attendance, emcee Janet Dudley-Eshbach said the goal of the event is to educate community members. “The purpose of this forum is to inform . . . Complete story »

April 16, 2022 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Ocean City fishermen say US Wind is to blame for their damaged gear

DELMARVA— Some fishermen out of Ocean City claim their gear is being damaged by the company that wants to build a wind farm off the coast. One fisherman is claiming more than a hundred thousand dollars worth of lost equipment. Jimmy Hahn has been in the business for 30 years. He said multiple pots have been damaged and towed by US Wind, who denies those allegations. Hahn showed WRDE a video he shot with his phone when he was out . . . Complete story »

April 1, 2022 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

$11M research to study offshore wind farm impacts on local species

Maryland is vying to be one of the East Coast’s most important hubs for offshore wind energy, but there’s still the unknown about how massive wind farms will affect marine life just off the state’s shore. That’s why Baltimore-based US Wind, one of the companies planning to build wind turbines off the coast of Ocean City in the next decade, is funding research into how its wind farms will affect Maryland’s marine mammals, fish and birds, in partnership with the . . . Complete story »

April 1, 2022 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Impact on marine mammals, fish and birds focus of new wind energy studies

$11 million over 10 years are the final numbers in a deal between US Wind and the University of Maryland for three research projects to study the impacts of offshore wind. The agreement between the company and the university’s Center for Environmental Science was announced Thursday, with the focus of the projects being repercussions of offshore wind farms on marine mammals, fish, and birds. The research will take place in US Wind’s 80,000-acre federal lease area off the coast of . . . Complete story »

March 11, 2022 • Delaware, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Fenwick council requests 30-mile exclusion for turbines

The Fenwick Island Town Council on Friday, March 4, approved a resolution requesting that a federal agency that issues licenses for offshore wind farms require that wind turbines be placed at least 30 miles from the shoreline. The council made the move following a presentation by Council Member Paul Breger, who chairs the Town’s Environmental Committee. The resolution supports federal adoption of a 30-mile “exclusion zone” for offshore wind turbines for the entire state of Delaware. Breger cited precedents set . . . Complete story »

March 11, 2022 • Delaware, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Fenwick seeks exclusion zone for offshore wind projects

FENWICK ISLAND – Fenwick officials are calling on federal agencies to adopt an exclusion zone for offshore wind projects. Last Friday, the Fenwick Island Town Council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution asking federal agencies to update visualizations and radar studies to reflect the larger turbines being proposed for projects off the coast of Delaware and to move offshore wind lease areas at least 30 miles offshore. “If these turbines were out of sight of our tourist population I think . . . Complete story »

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