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.State OKs funds for Crisfield wind turbine.376802013-03-11T15:44:46Z2013-03-11T15:44:46ZAlthough the turbine is expected to generate more than enough electricity to power the sewer plant, it must still connect to the grid since the plant needs a consistent source of electricity, and the turbine's output could fluctuate depending on how windy it is, officials have said. The city also can sell the excess electricity back to the grid.Bald eagle toll a sticking point for Somerset County wind project.376782013-03-11T13:52:22Z2013-03-11T13:52:22ZTwenty bald eagles a year could be killed by the spinning blades a company wants to build in Somerset County to harness the power of wind for cheap energy, federal wildlife officials say.
That's too much for Delmarva's eagle population to bear, said Sarah Nystrom, the Northeast region's bald and golden eagle coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Senate give preliminary approval to O'Malley's wind power bill.376532013-03-08T18:31:04Z2013-03-08T18:31:04ZGov. Martin O'Malley's bill promoting offshore wind farms is moving through the state Senate ...Republicans also got the floor leader for the bill, Sen. Thomas Middleton, D-Charles, to concede that offshore wind power is the most expensive form of renewable energy.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. O'Malley's wind bill passes in House.374952013-02-23T04:29:57Z2013-02-23T04:29:57ZGov. Martin O'Malley's Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013 passed in the House of Delegates by a 86-48 vote on Friday, much to the chagrin of some Eastern Shore delegation members.
The bill proposes to build an offshore wind energy facility at least 10 miles off the coast of Ocean City.House approves offshore wind power bill.374862013-02-22T00:19:11Z2013-02-22T00:19:11ZMaryland's bid to become the first state to build an offshore wind farm took a step forward this week when the House of Delegates approved a wind energy infrastructure bill.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.Wind project hits snag with FAA.373912013-02-14T21:17:19Z2013-02-14T21:17:19ZThe internal study by the FAA revealed that all 24 wind turbines are within 3 1/2 nautical miles of a Very High Frequency Omni Directional Radio Range and Tactical Air Navigation Aid, known as the Grantsville VOR, located in Avilton.
Interference may occur from wind turbines up to 8 nautical miles from the antenna. Governorâ€™s wind bill gets its day in the sun.115722013-02-14T09:51:19Z2013-02-14T09:51:19ZAnnually, residential customers will pay a total of $41 million under the bill, and commercial and industrial consumers will pay $54.8 million, according to a state analysis. The developer of the project will recover about $1.73 billion from customers over the life of the project.
Maryland's governor tells state Senate panel offshore wind bill would create hundreds of jobs.373732013-02-14T02:21:17Z2013-02-14T02:21:17ZJeff Zellmer of the Maryland Retailers Association told committee members the measure would cost jobs, not create them.
The bill would limit rate increases for residential customers to $1.50 a month and businesses to 1.5 percent. However, Zellmer said supermarkets operate on a 2 percent profit margin and electricity is the second-largest cost for grocery chains. Maryland ocean turbines seen powering U.S. offshore power.367242013-02-11T08:57:39Z2013-02-11T08:57:39ZOffshore wind has been a harder sell. Installing turbines that can withstand harsh maritime environments is more costly than planting them in the middle of a field, said Chris Long, manager of offshore wind and siting policy for AWEA, a Washington-based trade group whose members include General Electric Co. and the U.S. unit of Spainâ€™s Iberdrola SA.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.New western Maryland wind energy project in works.371722013-01-28T03:30:42Z2013-01-28T03:30:42ZThe proposal is renewing concerns raised by some western Maryland resident about the state's first two wind projects, in particular the towering windmills' proximity to homes and their potential to kill birds and bats, including one listed as endangered in Maryland. Some also worry that construction of this project could clear a large swath of forest and harm the nearby Savage River, one of Maryland's premier trout streams.
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.Long process ahead for a wind farm; Extensive data must be gathered, energy adviser says.371382013-01-25T16:21:42Z2013-01-25T16:21:42ZGov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to establish an offshore wind farm might be poised to breeze through the General Assembly this year, but it will be at least five years before any turbines are constructed off the coast of Ocean City.Fourmile project on state's â€˜sensitive areas' .371172013-01-23T04:41:35Z2013-01-23T04:41:35ZA major portion - 75 percent - of the proposed Fourmile Ridge wind project in eastern Garrett County is in the state's designated "sensitive areas" as having rare, threatened and endangered species, according to Jim Torrington, chief of the Garrett County Permits and Inspections Division.