Eastern Shore wind project confronts eagles, Navy; Proposed turbines face concerns over bird deaths, radar interference.382122013-04-29T12:50:28Z2013-04-29T12:50:28ZThe agency estimated that the original plan to put up 60 turbines east of Princess Anne could kill up to 43 eagles a year. The developer's experts disputed that, projecting deaths of 15 to 18 birds annually, but the agency said even that lower rate would result in more eagle deaths than any other wind project proposed nationwide. ...Biologists don't know how big a buffer is needed for bald eagles, which can roam over thousands of acres to find food.Fourmile Ridge wind farm gets PSCâ€ˆapproval; Building begins after Garrett issues permits.381882013-04-26T17:20:12Z2013-04-26T17:20:12ZThe project is also awaiting Federal Aviation Administration approval because there was an issue with the Grantsville VOR/DME system. ...With Garrett County as an ideal spot for wind turbines, all of the projects will and do affect the safety and economic outlook of the Garrett County Airport, said Kelley in a letter to Melinda George of the FAA.With stipulations, PSC agrees to Fourmile waiver.380992013-04-18T17:49:55Z2013-04-18T17:49:55ZThe Maryland Public Service Commission is recommending that Fourmile Wind Energy LLC's request of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity waiver application be granted. However, it has placed conditions on the Fourmile Ridge wind project,â€ˆaccording to a letter to David Collins, executive PSC secretary, from PSC Office of Staff Counsel.Maryland wind energy bill passes Senate.376622013-03-08T00:44:57Z2013-03-08T00:44:57ZRepublicans in the General Assembly and some business groups, including the Maryland Retailers Association opposed the legislation, saying the utility surcharges would put much of the burden of paying for the alternative energy on the backs of consumers and small-business owners. Md. House advances offshore wind bill.374472013-02-21T02:28:11Z2013-02-21T02:28:11ZThe measure sidestepped eight amendments proposed by House Republicans, aiming to restrict the project's cost on the state and taxpayers.
Republican Delegate Patrick McDonough of Baltimore and Harford counties noted that the offshore wind bill, if successful, would fail to meet the state's energy needs.Maryland offshore wind plan likely to pass, but will it be built?.372712013-02-05T03:13:03Z2013-02-05T03:13:03ZO'Malley acknowledged that he is now less optimistic that offshore wind development could begin as quickly as he hoped.
The governor also said that, given the apparent need for the industry to develop big projects that can gain cost advantages with size, he was no longer certain any state on its own could succeed in spurring development of offshore wind energy.Company hopes to build nine wind turbines near Accident .371852013-01-26T18:37:39Z2013-01-26T18:37:39ZNew Dimensionâ€ˆEnergy Company LLC, a subsidiary of FloDesign Wind Turbine Corporation, recently filed an application for a meteorological tower permit in Garrett County. The company hopes to build nine wind turbines ...Two of the wind turbines were denied Federal Aviation Administration approval for determination of no hazard to air navigation.Will offshore wind blow through the next session?.362942012-10-12T03:25:03Z2012-10-12T03:25:03ZThe governor's proposal would have added $2 - later amended down to $1.50 in the House committee - to each residential customer's monthly bill, and tacked on a 2.5 percent fee to large commercial customers, in order to subsidize a wind farm off the coast of Ocean City.Fourmile wind project has its share of blowback; Setbacks not enough, say concerned residents .360952012-09-21T14:48:55Z2012-09-21T14:48:55ZA majority of the Frostburg Road residents in attendance at the Synergics Wind Energy LLC meeting on Tuesday were opposed to the proposed Fourmile Ridge Wind Energy Project, according to resident Jim McCann.Residents oppose use of Assateague for wind energy project.359322012-09-02T17:44:04Z2012-09-02T17:44:04Z"My clients believe it would have a catastrophic environmental effect to bring a power line across that island, even if it's bored underneath," he said. "Leave Assateague alone. It's one of the few pristine places left on the East Coast. I just can't imagine putting a big transformer on there."Garrett hits impasse with wind setbacks .353422012-06-27T23:52:27Z2012-06-27T23:52:27ZAfter three motions, Garrett County commissioners came to an impasse in regard to a decision on how to proceed with the public process of a draft land use management ordinance, a portion of which deals with wind turbine setbacks.County to revise wind ordinance.348872012-05-02T16:30:34Z2012-05-02T16:30:34ZSomerset County Commissioners plan to make revisions to a controversial industrial wind energy ordinance, including increasing the setback from neighboring residential properties.
The commissioners also will meet with Steve Smethurst, the attorney for a group of Marion Station opponents, during a work session this week.
Somerset County residents' attorney sounds off on turbines.348862012-05-02T16:22:42Z2012-05-02T16:22:42ZGreater setback requirements were called "key" to offsetting potential problems from wind turbines as Somerset County Commissioners heard from residents on both sides of the issue during a work session.Western Maryland wind farm developers seek more time to start project.347812012-04-11T13:26:45Z2012-04-11T13:26:45ZDan's Mountain Windforce is asking the Maryland Public Service Commission to extend the deadline to begin building the wind farm to Sept. 12, 2013.Maryland Offshore wind bill dies in committee.347642012-04-09T04:11:34Z2012-04-09T04:11:34ZDespite broad public support and overwhelming support in one branch of the Legislature, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley's Offshore Wind Energy Act once again died in the Senate on the last day of the legislative calendar.House passes governor's wind energy plan.346642012-03-30T23:25:14Z2012-03-30T23:25:14ZDuring floor debate Thursday, the House adopted an amendment from House Minority Whip Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio (R-Dist. 37B) of Newcomb to exempt ratepayers who farm their land from paying the extra fee on the first 3,000 kilowatt hours of electricity they use in a month.Lawmakers poised to give officials wind farm regulatory power; House advances Garrett legislation.346672012-03-29T01:11:12Z2012-03-29T01:11:12ZThe Maryland House of Delegates Economic Matters Committee has advanced a bill that would give the Garrett County commissioners the authority to enact ordinances relating to setbacks and the decommissioning of wind turbines, according to a news release.Wind farm project hits choppy water .345222012-03-07T16:10:16Z2012-03-07T16:10:16ZTwo consulting firms that work for the BPU said that "net benefits of the project were not demonstrated" and "key underlying assumptions of applicants' cost-benefit analysis were not adequately substantiated." Both firms said Fishermen's Energy did not factor in the possible loss of jobs if customers switch from conventional power plants to hydropower. Crisfield delays wind project over $35,000 to fund study.344092012-02-23T17:51:25Z2012-02-23T17:51:25ZThe $4.8 million is enough to cover the cost of construction, plus the Delmarva Power study because the project has been scaled down after officials at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in St. Mary's County expressed concerns that turbines will interfere with radar systems.