Articles from Maryland
But the fast-moving blades of the wind turbines form a gauntlet, a potential death trap for night-flying creatures that cannot see the danger ahead.
....none has been built in Maryland, despite more than three years of work by Rogers and two other wind developers....Part of the blame for the delays, Tidwell said, lies with a small group of anti-wind activists led by D. Daniel Boone, whose family owns land near Backbone Mountain. They have filed protests with state agencies and a lawsuit challenging the projects.
For four years or more, Boone has traveled across the mid-Atlantic region to make every argument he can muster against local wind-power projects: they kill birds and bats; they are too noisy; they are inefficient, making no more than a symbolic contribution to energy needs.
HAGERSTOWN -- A wind-power developer is threatening legal action over state recommendations for preserving habitat for rare and endangered species at the company's proposed work site in far Western Maryland.
"Renewable power mandates merely accentuate the inefficiency and cost premiums attached to so-called renewable power sources," said Jerry Taylor, director of natural resource studies at the Cato Institute. "If renewable power saved consumers money, created jobs, or carried any of the other economic benefits so frequently claimed by environmental activists, then government would not have to pass a law to force power companies to purchase it or consumers to buy it."
One can certainly concur with concerns about how our culture's fossil fuel combustion practices help accelerate the process of global warming—without uncritically agreeing that the intrusive nature of windpower technology is even a partial solution to the problem. Editor's Note: Ted Williams' 'Wind Advisory' is available via the link below.
Windpower will do nothing about our dependence on foreign oil and virtually nothing about global warming, despite the ardent beliefs of its supporters.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - A 330-mile electric transmission line proposed by Allegheny Energy this week would begin in northern West Virginia and pass through Weirton, Morgantown, Dominion Power's Mount Storm power plant and Berkeley County before ending in Frederick County, Md.
However, because of the intermittent, unpredictable nature of wind, no homes would be powered by the wind industry. Given this limitation and the fact that industrial electricity must be consumed immediately, wind can generate only energy – not capacity – to the electricity grid.
Spawned, then supported, by government welfare measures at considerable public expense, it[industrial wind energy] produces no meaningful product, yet provides enormous profits to a very few, playing havoc with the environment while claiming to be saving it.
Take a good look at the beautiful skyline that you're proud to take pictures of and put them in your brochures and paper for Garrett County because it's fading, and once it's gone, it will be gone.
County officials in other states have been flat out turning down industrial wind development, mostly because they took the time to understand how huge wind turbines would negatively affect their region–unlike our officials who simply signed on the dotted line, even asking for an expedited approval without having the normal evaluation period.
Describing the project as a "proposed transmission superhighway," the nation's largest electric power generating company has unveiled a plan to construct a new 550-mile-long set of the largest above-ground high-tension transmission lines currently used in the industry from southwestern West Virginia to central New Jersey. The proposal could include a section traversing Garrett County from west to east.
CUMBERLAND - Considerable potential for positive economic impact from wind electric generation exists in the region as evidenced in the neighboring state of Pennsylvania.
In an ambitious $3 billion plan, the nation's largest power generator has proposed building a 550-mile power line stretched atop 13-story towers to bring surplus electricity from coal-fired plants in Appalachia and the Midwest to the power-hungry eastern seaboard.
MCHENRY - Although the mountain tops of Western Maryland are currently “turbineless,” plans for several wind farm projects are in various stages of development.U.S. Windforce, a Pennsylvania-based company, has a number of projects in the works.
Conventional political wisdom is that the state legislative session preceding an election is a lame duck. Politicians shy away from legislation that might raise eyebrows except for a few measures that will make a political statement but have little hope of passing. Not much gets done.
HAGERSTOWN // Seventeen rare species make up the biggest bone of contention between Synergics Inc. and the state Department of Natural Resources as the company's application to generate wind power in western Maryland moves toward a decision.
Sen. Rob Garagiola, D-Montgomery, and a coalition of environmental advocates yesterday rolled out an ambitious legislative package to address energy conservation issues and increase the use of renewable energy in Maryland.
Last week the Maryland Department of Natural Resources recommended that Synergics Energy Services be allowed to construct its proposed Roth Rock wind turbine facility along the ridgeline of Backbone Mountain. The agency made its recommendation to the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC), which has the final authority to grant or deny permission for the 40 megawatt project, consisting of between 15 and 20 turbines, to proceed. The PSC's final decision is expected by the end of the year.