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11:44 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Somerset County Wind Farm Inches Forward

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The Somerset County Planning and Zoning Commission has just approved the regulations that could pave the way for a major wind farm project.

It now goes to the County Commissioners for final approval.

The 3-to-1 vote gave the green light for the turbines to be 575 feet, that is, 175 feet higher than the previously agreed to.

The approval brings Pioneer Green Energy one step closer to building its 25 wind-turbine farm that would spread across thousands of acres between Marion Station and Westover in southern Somerset County.

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11:49 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Proposed Restrictions Could Doom Wind Project in Somerset County

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Pioneer Green says new recommendations to tighten restrictions on wind turbines would end plans for a wind farm in Somerset County.

This warning comes after the governor vetoed a bill in Annapolis that would have delayed construction for over a year so that a study could be conducted on the impact of the turbines on the radar at the military installation on the Patuxent River.

By a majority vote the Somerset County Planning and Zoning Commission decided to lower the nighttime maximum noise level to 40 decibels, that is 15 decibels below the Maryland standard of 55.

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1:36 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Mikulski Urged to Withdraw Language Delaying Wind Farm

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Maryland lawmakers, environmental groups and wind energy advocates called on Senator Barbara Mikulski to pull non-binding language in the Defense spending bill that would delay the wind turbine project in Somerset County.

The provision calls on the Navy not to sign onto any agreement to develop the wind farms until the second phase of an MIT study is completed on the impact of the turbines on the Naval Air Station on the Patuxent River.

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1:45 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Mikulski Amendment Could Delay Somerset Wind Project

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A proposal to build a wind farm on Maryland's Eastern Shore within 56 miles of the U.S. Naval Air Station Patuxent River could still be delayed until a study is complete, despite Gov. Martin O'Malley's veto of a bill that would have created a similar delay.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski has included an amendment to a defense appropriations bill that would require the Navy-commissioned study to be completed to further evaluate how radar use at the base could be affected by the wind turbines.

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9:15 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Somerset Wind Project Encounters Local Delay

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There’s another hurdle for the Great Bay Wind Energy project in Somerset County.

The wind turbine effort still has to get approval from the County Commissioners before it gets underway.

In the last legislative session Governor Martin O’Malley vetoed a measure that would have delayed the project for over a year.

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.

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8:44 am
Fri May 2, 2014

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate David Craig on Local Issues

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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.

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11:15 am
Thu April 17, 2014

MD Comptroller Backs Veto of Delay for Wind Farm in Somerset County

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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.

Franchot said the delay would have a profound impact on the local economy of one of the poorest counties in the state.

He pointed to more than 500 construction jobs, $44 million in tax revenues and $200 million in revenue from new investment.

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1:28 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Somerset Wind Project Faces Uncertainty After MD Senate Vote

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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.

Developers had hoped to move forward with construction of the Great Bay Wind Energy projection by next summer.

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.

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2:38 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Delay in Somerset Wind Project Heads to MD Senate Floor

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A measure that would delay a wind turbine project in Somerset County by 15 months has made it out of the Senate Finance Committee.

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.

In addition, the measure would limit the height of wind turbines at varying distances at varying distances from the naval base.

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.

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11:02 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Top Democratic Leader Returns to Annapolis to Back Delay of Somerset Wind Project

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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.

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.

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.

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9:57 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Bill Delaying Somerset County Wind Project Could Face Governor's Veto

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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.

That's according to Mike Tidwell, Executive Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network during a teleconference with reporters yesterday.

"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."

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9:06 am
Tue March 18, 2014

MD Bill Would Kill Wind Turbine Project in Somerset County

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The Maryland legislature is one step closer to block a wind turbine project in Somerset County.

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.

It now moves to the state Senate.

What’s called the Great Bay wind project in Somerset County would be prohibited from being taller than a few hundred feet.

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10:15 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Possible Delay for Wind Turbine Project in Somerset County

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There could be a delay in putting up those wind turbines in Somerset County.

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.

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.

The legislation would suspend construction of the 70 megawatt Great Bay wind project in Somerset County.

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9:19 am
Mon October 7, 2013

UD to Sell Energy Credits from Wind Turbine on Lewes Campus

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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.

WMDT-TV reports that the three-year-old turbine typically creates enough energy to power 5,000 homes for an entire year. It's currently being used to power the Lewes campus.

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8:57 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Berlin Moves to Build Wind Turbines in Fall

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BERLIN, Md. - The town of Berlin is finally moving forward with a new wind turbine.

WMDT reports that the turbine will be built behind Cropper's Towing Company off of Old Ocean City Boulevard.

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.

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.

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9:27 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Wind Turbines To Generate Power for UMES

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The University of Maryland Eastern Shore will be getting two 2-megawatt wind turbines to meet the energy needs of the campus.
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.  

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.

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8:35 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Wind Turbine Restrictions Unconstitutional, MD AG Says

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OAKLAND, Md. (AP) - Maryland's attorney general has deemed a portion of a law aimed at putting distance between wind turbines and homes unconstitutional.

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.

Garrett County Administrator Monty Pagenhardt, county administrator says the rest of the bill will proceed and be amended in the 2014 General Assembly session.

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9:08 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Ocean City Okays First Wind Turbine for a Single-Family Residence

 

           An Ocean City family has been given the green light to install a set of  wind mills on the roof of their Boardwalk home.

            The three turbines will be the first in the resort on the roof of a single-family residence.

            The Villa Santa family has been trying to get permission to construct them on top of their 14th Street house over the last year.

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8:58 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Citizens' Concerns Over Wind Turbine Ordinance in Somerset County

 

            There are just a few days left for public input on the proposed wind turbine legislation in Somerset County.

            And residents are expressing concerns…that range from health issues to the impact on wildlife.

            Resident Tammy Truitt said she was concerned about health issues like the noise…that can affect sleep.

            Truitt pointed to a Website for National Wind Watch which listed problems like insomnia, headaches and nausea that have been reported by people who claim they live near wind turbines.

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