wind turbines http://delmarvapublicradio.net en Somerset Wind Project Encounters Local Delay http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/somerset-wind-project-encounters-local-delay <p>There’s another hurdle for the Great Bay Wind Energy project in Somerset County.</p><p>The wind turbine effort still has to get approval from the County Commissioners before it gets underway.</p><p>In the last legislative session Governor Martin O’Malley vetoed a measure that would have delayed the project for over a year.</p><p>After meeting with the county commissioner last Tuesday Commissioner Charles Fisher told WBOC that the board needed more time to come up with an ordinance.</p><p>He said the concern was over the possibility of higher turbines which would be at least 500-feet.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:15:10 +0000 Don Rush 57491 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Somerset Wind Project Encounters Local Delay GOP Gubernatorial Candidate David Craig on Local Issues http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/gop-gubernatorial-candidate-david-craig-local-issues <p>Republican gubernatorial candidate David Craig took a tour through Wicomico County yesterday, and Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with him to focus on some local issues ranging from the wind farm in Somerset County and environmental issues to economic development in the region.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 12:44:14 +0000 Don Rush 53561 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net GOP Gubernatorial Candidate David Craig on Local Issues MD Comptroller Backs Veto of Delay for Wind Farm in Somerset County http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/md-comptroller-backs-veto-delay-wind-farm-somerset-county <p>Maryland state Comptroller Peter Franchot says Governor Martin O’Malley should veto legislation that would delay the construction of the wind turbine project in Somerset County by more than a year.</p><p>Franchot said the delay would have a profound impact on the local economy of one of the poorest counties in the state.</p><p>He pointed to more than 500 construction jobs, $44 million in tax revenues and $200 million in revenue from new investment.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:15:47 +0000 Don Rush 52700 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net MD Comptroller Backs Veto of Delay for Wind Farm in Somerset County Somerset Wind Project Faces Uncertainty After MD Senate Vote http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/somerset-wind-project-faces-uncertainty-after-md-senate-vote <p>With the overwhelming Senate vote to delay the $200 million wind project in Somerset County state Senator Jim Mathias said that this vote would be a $45 million loss for local residents.</p><p>Developers had hoped to move forward with construction of the Great Bay Wind Energy projection by next summer.</p><p>But the measure would delay that for another 15 months while a study is conducted to examine the impact of the wind turbines the U.S. Naval Air Station on the Patuxent River.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:28:20 +0000 Don Rush 52131 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Somerset Wind Project Faces Uncertainty After MD Senate Vote Delay in Somerset Wind Project Heads to MD Senate Floor http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delay-somerset-wind-project-heads-md-senate-floor <p>A measure that would delay a wind turbine project in Somerset County by 15 months has made it out of the Senate Finance Committee.</p><p>The delay would allow for the results of a $2 million study on the impact of the project on radar at U.S. Naval Air Station on the Patuxent River.</p><p>In addition, the measure would limit the height of wind turbines at varying distances at varying distances from the naval base.</p><p>The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Eastern Shore Democrat Jim Mathias voted no saying the issues could be dealt with through existing state and federal laws.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:38:08 +0000 Don Rush 51951 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delay in Somerset Wind Project Heads to MD Senate Floor Top Democratic Leader Returns to Annapolis to Back Delay of Somerset Wind Project http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/top-democratic-leader-returns-annapolis-back-delay-somerset-wind-project <p>Congressman Steny Hoyer made an appearance in Annapolis lobbying for a measure that would impose a 15 month delay on the Somerset County wind turbine project.</p><p>Speaking before a legislative panel the House minority Whip from Southern Maryland said the delay and study was needed to ensure that the wind turbines do not interference with the radar from the U.S. Naval Air Station on the Patuxent River.</p><p>The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Hoyer also provided a letter co-signed by Maryland’s two senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin supporting the legislation.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:02:38 +0000 Don Rush 51876 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Top Democratic Leader Returns to Annapolis to Back Delay of Somerset Wind Project Bill Delaying Somerset County Wind Project Could Face Governor's Veto http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/bill-delaying-somerset-county-wind-project-could-face-governors-veto <p>Legislation to delay the wind project in Somerset County could face a veto by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley as the state Senate prepares to take up the bill next week.</p><p>That's according to Mike Tidwell, Executive Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network during a teleconference with reporters yesterday.</p><p>"We don’t expect the bill to get to his desk to begin with, but if it does one would assume he being a vigorous opponent of the bill would be facing the prospect of a possible veto."</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:57:51 +0000 Don Rush 51601 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Bill Delaying Somerset County Wind Project Could Face Governor's Veto MD Bill Would Kill Wind Turbine Project in Somerset County http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/md-bill-would-kill-wind-turbine-project-somerset-county <p>The Maryland legislature is one step closer to block a wind turbine project in Somerset County.</p><p>The House of Delegate voted overwhelmingly to impose height restriction on wind turbines at varying distances from the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Southern Maryland.</p><p>It now moves to the state Senate.</p><p>What’s called the Great Bay wind project in Somerset County would be prohibited from being taller than a few hundred feet.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:06:41 +0000 Don Rush 51006 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net MD Bill Would Kill Wind Turbine Project in Somerset County Possible Delay for Wind Turbine Project in Somerset County http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/possible-delay-wind-turbine-project-somerset-county <p>There could be a delay in putting up those wind turbines in Somerset County.</p><p>Representatives from the southern Maryland delegation in Annapolis told a committee hearing yesterday they were concerned the wind mills could cost jobs around the Patuxent River Naval Air Station.</p><p>The House measure would prevent the state from approving the wind turbines that exceed a range of heights within the Atlantic Test Range used by the naval base.</p><p>The legislation would suspend construction of the 70 megawatt Great Bay wind project in Somerset County.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:15:46 +0000 Don Rush 49665 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Possible Delay for Wind Turbine Project in Somerset County UD to Sell Energy Credits from Wind Turbine on Lewes Campus http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/ud-sell-energy-credits-wind-turbine-lewes-campus <p>LEWES, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware will start selling energy credits from a wind turbine on its Lewes campus to Delaware Municipal Electric Coop.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1e3DKeD">WMDT-TV</a> reports that the three-year-old turbine typically creates enough energy to power 5,000 homes for an entire year. It&#39;s currently being used to power the Lewes campus.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 13:19:30 +0000 Don Rush 42473 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net UD to Sell Energy Credits from Wind Turbine on Lewes Campus Berlin Moves to Build Wind Turbines in Fall http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/berlin-moves-build-wind-turbines-fall <p>BERLIN, Md. - The town of Berlin is finally moving forward with a new wind turbine.</p><p>WMDT reports that the turbine will be built behind Cropper's Towing Company off of Old Ocean City Boulevard.</p><p>It is designed to produce 50 Kilowatts of electricity, but officials say they won't know how much it will save the town, money-wise, until it's been in place for at least a year.</p><p>The town of Berlin is investing $4,500 in the more than $100,000 project, with the company designing the wind turbine absorbing the majority of the cost.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 12:57:48 +0000 Don Rush 41645 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Berlin Moves to Build Wind Turbines in Fall Wind Turbines To Generate Power for UMES http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/wind-turbines-generate-power-umes <p>The University of Maryland Eastern Shore will be getting two 2-megawatt wind turbines to meet the energy needs of the campus.<br>The project is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2014 and will contribute to Maryland’s goal of generating 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2022.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>G. Dale Wesson…vice president for research and economic development told the Salisbury Dealy Times that the university expects faculty and students to be fully engaged in the effort as a research project.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 13:27:05 +0000 Don Rush 41020 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Wind Turbines To Generate Power for UMES Wind Turbine Restrictions Unconstitutional, MD AG Says http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/wind-turbine-restrictions-unconstitutional-md-ag-says <p>OAKLAND, Md. (AP) - Maryland's attorney general has deemed a portion of a law aimed at putting distance between wind turbines and homes unconstitutional.</p><p>The Times-News reports that Attorney General Douglas Gansler wrote Gov. Martin O'Malley in May noting that a portion of the law is unconstitutional because it would give adjacent neighbors zoning authority.</p><p>Garrett County Administrator Monty Pagenhardt, county administrator says the rest of the bill will proceed and be amended in the 2014 General Assembly session.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 12:35:43 +0000 Don Rush 40603 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Wind Turbine Restrictions Unconstitutional, MD AG Says Ocean City Okays First Wind Turbine for a Single-Family Residence http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/ocean-city-okays-first-wind-turbine-single-family-residence <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;An Ocean City family has been given the green light to install a set of&nbsp; wind mills on the roof of their Boardwalk home.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The three turbines will be the first in the resort on the roof of a single-family residence.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Villa Santa family has been trying to get permission to construct them on top of their 14<sup>th</sup> Street house over the last year.</p> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 13:08:30 +0000 Don Rush 9945 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Citizens' Concerns Over Wind Turbine Ordinance in Somerset County http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/citizens-concerns-over-wind-turbine-ordinance-somerset-county <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; There are just a few days left for public input on the proposed wind turbine legislation in Somerset County.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; And residents are expressing concerns&hellip;that range from health issues to the impact on wildlife.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Resident Tammy Truitt said she was concerned about health issues like the noise&hellip;that can affect sleep.</p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 13:58:39 +0000 Don Rush 9089 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net