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As local coverage wanes, residents become self-taught watchdogs

The Kent County News didn’t publish its first story about Apex’s wind-energy plans until March 2014—nearly two years after its representatives first began traversing the county, appearing on farmers’ doorsteps, and offering leases that by some estimates were worth about $30,000 a year in exchange for the opportunity to install 35 to 50 wind turbines, and possibly more, each about 500 feet tall. The News’ single-source story, which quoted Tyson Utt, a director of development at Apex, was written by editor Daniel Divilio, who says that it came about after Apex officials contacted the paper seeking publicity.
13 Apr 2016

County, citizens fight wind project at state level

The battle over a proposed wind farm on Dan's Mountain continues now that Allegany County and a citizens' organization have filed petitions with the state Public Service Commission to fight an attempt by wind project developers to circumvent a local zoning decision by going directly to the PSC.
8 Mar 2016

Wind project converting to solar

On Dec. 14, Mills Branch Solar LLC, a subsidiary of Charlottesville, Va.-based Apex Clean Energy, filed an application with the Maryland Public Service Commission for a 60-megawatt solar photovoltaic generating facility in the Chesterville area. The company seeks approval in time to begin construction in June and be online by the end of October, according to the filing.
23 Dec 2015

Wind farm developer denied in Allegany County

Allegany County is a code, home-rule government, and can address zoning and land use codes for the county through a strict and organized process, which can't be trumped by state law. “We do not want to live underneath wind turbines,” Park said. ...[wind turbines are] very noisy, turbines are not friendly, they do not make good neighbors.”
18 Nov 2015

Wind farm site mostly empty; Sea bed survey turns up little in way of marine life or archeological treasures

After weeks of surveying the offshore area and mapping the sea floor, followed by months of interpreting data and polishing a formal report on the project, Paul Rich, director of project development at U.S. Wind, reports the Shearwater survey vessel didn’t find much of anything on the leased site of a proposed wind farm off the coast of Ocean City.
12 Nov 2015

Proposed wind farm won't affect view from Dan's Rock, official says

Opponents of the project have previously said they are concerned about the viewshed, noise, electromagnetic interference and other issues. "This project will create an eyesore where the big business of tourism is a major economic driver," writes Champ Zumbrun of LaVale in a Letter to the Editor ... "Eight percent of the 38 million people who visit our state chose Western Maryland to enjoy its ancient mountains and diverse forested landscape."
28 Oct 2015

High court will decide state power plant subsidies row

“The New Jersey and Maryland programs tie guaranteed payments under state law to the wholesale rate under the PJM auction and to the generators’ participating in and clearing the PJM auction,” the brief stated. “State-selected generators can then bid into the auction market at a price that does not accurately reflect their costs, thereby disrupting the auction’s price signals that are designed to incentivize new generation.” ...The cases are Hughes et al. v. PPL EnergyPlus LLC et al., case number 14-614 and CPV Maryland LLC v. PPL EnergyPlus LLC et al., case number 14-623, in the Supreme Court of the United States.
19 Oct 2015

Shadow Flicker

It is difficult to to imagine what shadow flicker is until your home is covered by huge moving shadows that can make you dizzy and disoriented. It is difficult to imagine the level of disturbance caused by the noise.
16 Jul 2015

Wind Turbine Opposition Heats Up

An impressive lineup of speakers, county, town, and district representatives, along with over 150 interested community members crowded the Kennedyville Fire Station Thursday night to learn more about Apex Clean Energy’s study to build 25-35, 500-ft. wind turbines in the area.
13 Jun 2015

Diversity group hears wind energy proponents

Mike Wooton said the local zoning regulations were created by the community, reflecting what the community wants. He asked why Apex continues to push for the project in the face of community opposition, including the county commissioners and the state's General Assembly delegation.
9 Jun 2015

http://www.windaction.org/posts?location=Maryland&p=4
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