U.S. Representative Andy Harris, who represents Maryland’s Eastern Shore, is seeking legislative action to require the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to investigate potential consequences of Maryland’s burgeoning offshore wind. The study, which could take up to two years, is intended to allay concerns about adverse effects on marine life, commercial fishing and tourism, according to a report by Delmarva Now.
From that coverage:
Deepwater Wind and U.S. Wind received approval in 2017 to construct two wind turbine projects off Ocean City’s coast.
The projects represent a critical test for the future of offshore wind development in the United States. They are set to become the first, large-scale projects of their kind.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management assessed the environmental impacts of the projects in 2012, and concluded that they would pose “no reasonably foreseeable significant impacts.” Environmental advocacy groups do not support Harris’ measure, reports Delmarva Now.
Water plays a remarkable role in advancing our State’s progress in renewable energy generation. The “big fans” of offshore wind certainly know this well. Learn more about Maryland’s pioneering efforts on offshore wind from Deepwater Wind’s Chief Executive Officer, Jeffrey Grybowski, who will present on the panel, “Earth, Wind, Fire, WATER: Powering Your County’s Future,” at MACo’s Summer Conference on Thursday, August 16, 2018, from 2 pm to 3 pm.
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