OC Loses Battle in Annapolis Over Offshore Wind

Mar 13, 2018

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Efforts by Ocean City to push two offshore wind projects farther off the coastline have failed in Annapolis.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a House panel essentially killed the legislative bid by offering up an unfavorable report.

The Maryland Climate Change Coalition issued a statement praising the decision saying that it will mean not only a clean environment but jobs and stable electricity rates.

The measure would have pushed the turbines out to 26 miles.

The current regulations say that they can be located between 10 to 30 miles from the coastline.

U.S. Wind has said would put its turbines 17 miles away from the shore.

But Mayor Rick Meehan and other town officials have told the Daily Times that the company is not bound by that promise and could place them as close as 12.9 miles in the future.