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Free electricity for life? Nah, I want my view.
Topic Started: Jun 12 2018, 10:46 AM (81 Views)
George K
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http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/environment/bs-md-ocean-city-wind-20180611-story.html#nws=true
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Ocean City officials say they don't want offshore wind turbines to be built within 30 miles of the resort town's beaches under any circumstances — not even in exchange for free electricity.

That was among the offers energy developer U.S. Wind recently made to appease concerns that its planned wind farm off Maryland’s coast will harm tourism.

The company also dangled other community investments worth hundreds of thousands of dollars each year, and offered to alter its plans if Ocean City agreed to cover the costs of seeking new government approvals.

None of that was adequate to allay fears that tourists will abandon Ocean City and flock to other beaches if Maryland’s horizon is dotted with towering wind turbines, though. Town leaders rejected the offer, Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan said.

The 32-turbine project could be the nation’s second and largest offshore wind farm, and is part of a nearly decade-long effort to boost Maryland’s supply of renewable energy. But as the proposal advances through federal reviews, Meehan said he won’t stop fighting to push the project farther off shore and protect beach views.

“We’re going to continue to proceed with any avenue we have to address our concerns,” Meehan said.

Ocean City's effort to keep windmills far offshore fails as Maryland delegates reject proposal
That includes lobbying the Maryland Public Service Commission to reconsider its decision last year signing off on the project, and working to force federal officials to give weight to the community’s concerns.

The response from Ocean City has surprised and frustrated U.S. Wind leaders, said Salvo Vitale, the company’s general counsel. He said such community investment packages are routine for Toto Holding Group, the Italian firm that owns U.S. Wind, and other developers, and are usually welcomed by shore cities and towns in Europe and elsewhere.

Vitale said the company isn’t worried that Ocean City’s opposition will kill the project, which falls mainly under federal authority. But he also said the town’s demands are unreasonable, and aren’t feasible — building so far from shore would require starting from scratch on an offshore leasing process that began in 2010.

“It’s a bit frustrating,” Vitale said. “What we do not see on the other side is a will to find a solution.”

The Public Service Commission approved ratepayer subsidies last year for two offshore wind projects that could add $1 to average monthly residential electricity bills across the state, a key step in developers’ planning and financing the projects. The commission approved U.S. Wind for 62 turbines at least 14 miles off the coast of Ocean City, a $1.4 billion project. It also approved a 15-turbine, $720 million project by Skipjack Offshore Wind LLC to its north.

Ever since, Ocean City officials have stepped up their opposition to the U.S. Wind project as they say a clearer and more ominous picture of the project’s appearance took shape.

U.S. Wind says it only plans to build 32 turbines at least 17 nautical miles from shore, a distance Vitale said is as far as possible within a federally approved offshore wind leasing area. But Meehan said town leaders don’t trust those assurances, since U.S. Wind’s initial proposal called for closer turbines.

“Why are they going for approval for a lease area that’s closer than 17 miles if they have no intention of putting a wind farm west of that?” Meehan said.

Vitale said U.S. Wind’s initial proposal had a larger scale to maximize chances that the project will be profitable, but now the company is advancing scaled-back plans, because that is all the market will bear.

As a gesture of what Vitale called “corporate citizenship,” U.S. Wind offered Ocean City officials a memorandum of understanding containing its community investment proposals in March, hoping to gain the town’s support. The document suggested exploring a way to offer Ocean City free or significantly discounted electricity, and Vitale said the company also suggested other investments in town projects.

U.S. Wind also said it would consider seeking federal approval for a new leasing area if the town agreed to cover costs of the complicated process.

Ocean City officials say the price for that tradeoff could be exorbitant, in the millions of dollars. And besides, they said, a pristine ocean view is priceless.

“This is not an issue to be decided on a dollar amount,” said Bruce Bereano, a lobbyist Ocean City officials hired to represent the beach town in the fight.

The City Council rejected the offers in a closed-door session last month, Meehan said.
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Jun 12 2018, 10:46 AM

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not even in exchange for free electricity.

Cheap, good and fast

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Wind

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In 2010, the Massachusetts Attorney General's office estimated that Cape Wind would ultimately cost $2.5 billion. Monetary costs of the electricity generated by the project are estimated to be double the 2010 price of traditional fossil fuels.




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30 miles offshore would hardly be visible.
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Mikhailoh
Jun 12 2018, 11:08 AM
30 miles offshore would hardly be visible.
It's more legit than it seems. Ocean City used to be a nice-looking, quiet vacation location. Years of development and over-development have turned it into a slum with a boardwalk. I understand the pushback; there are so few places there that still look decent.
I cite irreconcilable differences.
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Jun 12 2018, 11:08 AM
30 miles offshore would hardly be visible.

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“Why are they going for approval for a lease area that’s closer than 17 miles if they have no intention of putting a wind farm west of that?” Meehan said.


They won't really get free electricity.

They will get a bankrupt wind farm, within view, that makes very expensive electricity when it actually works, which isn't very often since they'll go bankrupt trying to sell overpriced electricity.

I don't see anywhere in the story where it says they have a customer that wants to overpay for electricity.

Who is going to clean up the rusting hulks that are out there looking ugly and creating a menace to navigation and sea life?


The Confederate soldier was peculiar in that he was ever ready to fight, but never ready to submit to the routine duty and discipline of the camp or the march. The soldiers were determined to be soldiers after their own notions, and do their duty, for the love of it, as they thought best. Carlton McCarthy
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