A Maryland Senate Bill that would have held up a 100MW wind project has died in committee.
Apex Clean Energy is developing the Mills Branch wind farm in Maryland’s Eastern Shore region. The US developer proposes to erect 25 to 35 turbines on about 5000 acres of open farmland in rural eastern Kent County.
Apex intends to apply to the state Public Service Commission for a certificate of public convenience and necessity in a few months, the proponent said in a letter to county officials.
Kent County commissioners voted to oppose the wind farm and support a state Senate Bill that would restore local authority to the approval process. However, the Bill failed to make it out of committee before the legislative term ended 13 April.
The state permitting process will include a public hearing in the county with participation by county commissioners and state regulators. Construction of Mills Branch is unlikely to begin before 2016.
Opposition led another developer to cancel a different Maryland wind project earlier this month. Pioneer Green Energy dropped plans to build the 25-turbine Great Bay wind farm, citing political roadblocks