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A proposed project to place 17 wind turbines on Dan's Mountain was approved Wednesday by the Maryland Public Service Commission. The approval allows Dan's Mountain Wind Force LLC to construct the turbines on the mountain's ridge line near the communities of Midland and the Harwood Subdivision, along with Vale Summit, Cresaptown and Bel Air.
The Maryland Public Service Commission has scheduled a virtual public comment hearing (via WebEx) for Wednesday, May 20 at 6:30 pm concerning an application for exemption filed by Dan's Mountain Wind Force to locate turbines on the ridge in western Allegany County.
Park said she fears the 70 megawatt wind farm, applied for by Dan's Mountain Wind Force, may be larger than people realize. She attended a Feb. 27 meeting of the Allegany County Board of Commissioners and asked them to withdraw support for the project. "It has been very disappointing that the county commissioners have supported this," Park said Wednesday. "They have not listened to the citizens and I hope they will hear our concerns."
The citizen’s group opposing the Dans Mountain wind farm project has rescheduled a public meeting on the case for Tuesday at City Place in Frostburg.
“It is important the park project and the offshore wind project be thoroughly reviewed and studied to ensure it is in the best interest of the environment, our economic vitality, and the quality of life we cherish,” the resolution reads. “The Council is concerned with the substation location in an environmentally sensitive area and with the distance of the wind turbines to Fenwick Island shores.
When they respond in defensive ways and attack the very character of the people whom they represent, they are working against citizen engagement and contributing to a one-sided debate — the side that agrees with them. One-sided debates only lead to ill-considered decisions.
After first denying a setback variance for project in 2015, the Allegany County Board of Zoning Appeals voted 2-1 on Oct. 17 to permit the project. Dan’s Mountain LLC must now try to gain approval from the Maryland Public Service Commission to proceed with construction. Opponents of the wind farm say the turbines create excessive noise pollution, light flicker and destruction of neighborhood views.
We are writing you in regards to the Board of Zoning Appeals Hearing (BOZA) scheduled Oct. 9, involving Dan’s Mountain Wind Force (Case No. 942 and 943 remanded).
Throughout the process, the town of Ocean City has supported the US Wind project in general, but has strongly opposed the placement of any turbines within 26 miles of the resort coast, or the distance from which town officials believe the massive turbines would not be visible from the Ocean City shoreline.
The town’s officials feel very strongly that this project was misrepresented to them because the size of the wind turbines has increased since the initial proposal, he said. The Maryland Public Service Commission may choose to rehear Ocean City’s case due to these material changes, he said.
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.
Eileen Stoger argues that living next to a wind farm isn’t a breeze. The Garrett County woman has joined Allegany County residents in their fight against the Dan’s Mountain proposal because she objects to a set of turbines already in her community. She says they can seem as loud as a jet engine and sometimes cast a strobe-light flicker that makes her dizzy. Many of her neighbors are suing the developers of the project, known as Fourmile Ridge Wind.
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.