Clean, Renewable Offshore Wind for Maryland
Please sign our petition, which can be found at here.
For several years, UULM-MD worked with coalition partners to help finally secure passage of the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013. The bill provided the framework for the development of an offshore wind farm off the coast of Maryland.
The process has now received approval from the required federal and state agencies and is ready for final approval by the Maryland Public Service Commission.
The Public Service Commission (PSC) has scheduled two public meetings to discuss two proposed offshore wind projects off the coast of Maryland. You are invited to attend one or both of these meetings to help show support for offshore wind for Maryland! The first meeting is on Saturday, March 25, at noon at the Stephen Decatur Middle School in Berlin. The second is on Thursday, March 30, at 6 p.m. in the Joint Committee Hearing Room of the Legislative Services Building in Annapolis.
The first proposal, by US Wind, is a 750-megawatt offshore wind project off the coast of Ocean City. The project calls for 187 turbines to be built across 80,000 acres. The entire project would be completed by 2022. The second proposal, by Skipjack Offshore Energy, calls for the 15-turbine, 120-megawatt project that would also be operational by 2022. US Wind's proposal would be enough energy to power about 500,000 homes.
You can find an article from the Baltimore Sun about the next steps for the wind project here.
We are joining with other members of the Maryland Climate Coalition to ask that you sign a petition that will be submitted to the members of the Public Service Commission to let them know that Marylanders support offshore wind as a component of our plan to bring clean, renewable energy to Maryland. It is critical that they hear from us! The petition can be found at http://bit.ly/2lC5Lrf.