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Concerns grow over wind turbines' proposed height in Ocean City

"Once you include the blade, that's well over 800 feet tall, that's almost 2-and-a-half times the height of the largest building in Ocean City, so these are significant structures that are going to be placed off our coastline," Meehan said. 

OCEAN CITY, Md.- Ocean City now has even "bigger" concerns over the proposed offshore wind turbines.

Developers with US Wind are calling it the world's largest offshore wind turbine and it could soon be off the coast of the Maryland resort town.

The new plan calls for building turbines that would reach 853 feet into the air.

Some worry how it could distort their view of the ocean.

" I want to see boats, seagulls, dolphins, beauty, and nature - not windmills," says one visitor.

US Wind officials say the increased height now allows them to reduce the number of turbines off the coast.

Ocean City officials say they're in support of clean energy, just as long as it's unseen.

Other people say the distance doesn't matter, as long as the resort town has clean renewable energy.

But Mayor Rick Meehan says the project isn't the right fit for Ocean City.

"Once you include the blade, that's well over 800 feet tall, that's almost 2-and-a-half times the height of the largest building in Ocean City, so these are significant structures that are going to be placed off our coastline," Meehan said.

OCEAN CITY, Md.- Ocean City now has even "bigger" concerns over the proposed offshore wind turbines.

Developers with US Wind are calling it the world's largest offshore wind turbine and it could soon be off the coast of the Maryland resort town. 
 
The new plan calls for building turbines that would reach 853 feet into the air.
 
Some worry how it could distort their view of the ocean. 
 
" I want to see boats, seagulls, dolphins, beauty, and nature - not windmills," says one visitor. 
 
US Wind officials say the increased height now allows them to reduce the number of turbines off the coast. 
 
Ocean City officials say they're in support of clean energy, just as long as it's unseen. 
 
Other people say the distance doesn't matter, as long as the resort town has clean renewable energy. 
 
But Mayor Rick Meehan says the project isn't the right fit for Ocean City.  
 
"Once you include the blade, that's well over 800 feet tall, that's almost 2-and-a-half times the height of the largest building in Ocean City, so these are significant structures that are going to be placed off our coastline," Meehan said. 


Source: http://www.wboc.com/story/4...

SEP 27 2019
http://www.windaction.org/posts/50361-concerns-grow-over-wind-turbines-proposed-height-in-ocean-city
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