CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Commissioners sent a letter July 23 to the Kent County Commissioners in support of their opposition to the Apex Wind Turbine Project known as Mills Branch Wind.
“The Queen Anne’s County Commissioners believe that a project covering such a large portion of a rural county will result in significant impacts to the rural landscape of Kent County and Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Further, if a project as proposed could move forward in Kent County it is likely that other rural counties, such as Queen Anne’s County will see similar undesirable proposals in the near future,” they wrote.
If the project should move forward to the Public Service Commission, the Queen Anne’s Commissioners indicated their willingness to testify against the project.
“We support the Kent County Commissioners in opposing this offensive and unwanted project on Maryland’s Eastern Shore,” they wrote.
The wind farm project, proposed by Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy, calls for 25 to 35 wind turbines on about 5,000 acres of farmland southeast of Kennedyville, between routes 213 and 291, near the Angelica Nursery properties.
The company expects the turbines to produce 100 megawatts of energy, enough to power some 25,000 houses annually.
The wind turbines could be as much as 500 feet tall — and size is one of the top issues mentioned by opponents. In comparison, the turbine at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills is 150 feet tall from base to the top of the blades.
Apex must acquire a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the PSC before it can build a generating facility or transmission line.
The commissioners are part of a growing number of entities opposed to the project, including the Queen Anne’s Conservation Association, Keep Kent Scenic, Washington College and the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy.