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State Panel Approves Offshore Wind Turbines

August 22nd, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Skipjack Offshore Energy will be able to build 800-foot wind turbines 200 feet off the Ocean City coast, the Maryland Public Service Commission ruled this week. WBAL reports that's higher and closer than residents of the resort town wanted. Residents have long worried about the impact of turbines on the view available to beachgoers. The commission told Skipjack to work with residents on an agreement.

The firm convinced the panel that the type of turbine used would be reliable, advanced and well-suited to the wind conditions off the mid-Atlantic coast. The turbine's tip will reach as high as 853 feet. However, Skipjack will need fewer turbines to reach its desired output.

"The reduced number of turbines will facilitate an alternative turbine layout, which Skipjack indicated will likely consist of a grid pattern of two rows of five or six structures perpendicular to the Delaware coast, each oriented in an east-west manner," the commission wrote, determining its impact on the visible horizon will be marginal.

6 Responses to “State Panel Approves Offshore Wind Turbines”

  1. August 22, 2020 at 7:23 am, mac said:

    When completed, the local protest group ANCHOR will no longer consider an ocean view room to be desirable.

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  2. August 22, 2020 at 8:48 am, Welchy said:

    I can already hear the screams from our resident crazies over this

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    • August 22, 2020 at 12:38 pm, mac said:

      > They really won’t care. Their objections to the windmills are only the ones that they can see. It’s the classic NIMBY.

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      • August 22, 2020 at 4:36 pm, Jay said:

        I thought wind turbines caused cancer. Trump told me and he hardly ever lies.

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        • August 22, 2020 at 5:28 pm, hollywood said:

          853 feet high, 200 feet off the beach, I don’t like that math, how about 2,000 feet off the beach.

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          • August 22, 2020 at 5:34 pm, hollywood said:

            Imagine if Trump owned a wind turbine company. Headline would read: Brian Frosh files lawsuit against Trump Administration’s plans to erect ” Dangerous, cancer causing eyesores in Ocean City “

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