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A massive offshore wind development off Maryland's Atlantic coast could put marine life in danger and should undergo further study before construction starts, U.S. Rep. Andy Harris says.
In November 2011, then Maryland Governor O'Malley attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 50kw wind turbine. By February, 2017 the turbine’s generator suffered a catastrophic failure. The repair cost was deemed too expensive to undertake.
A wind energy developer is seeking judicial review of the Maryland Public Service Commission’s decision denying its request to construct a 17-turbine wind farm atop Dan’s Mountain.
The Maryland Public Service Commission has sided with a public utility law judge’s order denying a wind-power developer’s request to construct a 17-turbine wind farm on Dan’s Mountain, effectively killing the project.
A public hearing held at Stephen Dacatur High School Tuesday, focused on what residents had to say regarding plans to build a meteorological tower in Ocean City.
In the 50-page opinion, Judge Dennis Sober wrote, “I find the evidence in support of the granting of a (Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity) falls short of proving that the Project meets the standard of Public Convenience and Necessity. I find that the weight of the evidence pertaining to the location of the Project is more negative than positive in its persuasive value of creating benefits to (Kent County) and Maryland.”
CHESTERTOWN — At the Kent County Commissioners meeting Tuesday, Amy Moredock, director of planning, housing and zoning, gave a departmental update.
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.
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.
On Monday, February 29, 2016, Allegany Neighbors & Citizens for Home Owners Right Limited (ANCHOR) filed a Motion to Intervene in the Dan’s Mountain Wind Force’s petition.
Dans Mountain Windforce LLC has filed for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity with the Maryland Public Service Commission which, if approved, would allow the company to construct a 17-turbine wind farm on Dan's Mountain.
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.
The board voted unanimously Friday to deny an application from Dans Mountain Windforce LLC for variances and a special exception needed for the 17-turbine project.
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."
This letter, sent to the Kent County, Maryland County Commissioners, captures the position of the Queen Anne's County Commissioners regarding APEX's Mills Branch wind energy proposal. The letter is provided below in full. It can also be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
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.
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.
Plans for the project seemed to be on hold when the company withdrew petitions to county planning officials for a special exception, variance and administrative modification in December. The special exceptions are required to locate a wind farm anywhere in the county, officials have said.
Watson said the project raises complicated questions, including potential effects on wildlife, health, conservation, farming, local planning and many others. She said renewable energy is important, but Kent County already has the highest per capita renewable energy production in Maryland, mostly from solar power generation.
Keep Kent Scenic and Queen Anne’s Conservation Association, two citizen-supported groups committed to farmland preservation, have created an alliance and entered into an agreement to cooperate in opposing the Apex industrial wind turbine project in Kent County.