#MACoCon Shows When Water + Power Works Out

Maryland’s rich water wealth helps drive our renewable energy advancements – both by providing resources necessary for offshore wind, and also by providing an opportunity to use energy generation to keep that water clean.

Jeff Grybowski, Deepwater Wind CEO

MACo Summer Conference attendees plugged into the latest in offshore wind and animal waste-to-energy at the session, Earth, Wind, Fire, WATER: Powering Your County’s Future, on Thursday, August 16, 2018, from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

Over the past three years, the State of Maryland has funded nearly $5 million to encourage technology that provides alternative strategies for managing animal manure on Maryland farms. Maryland Energy Administration, Division Director of Programs Chris Rice presented on how Animal Waste-to-Energy specific technologies generate energy from animal manure – and keep that, um…stuff…out of the Chesapeake Bay.

Then big fans of renewable energy went offshore with Jeffrey Grybowski, Chief Executive Officer of Deepwater Wind, to learn about the latest going on in offshore wind energy generation technology. Grybowski answered numerous questions from a very engaged audience about the financing, aesthetics, and generation capabilities of offshore wind.

Wind turbines provide underwater homes for oysters.

The Honorable Shane Robinson of the Maryland House of Delegates moderated the session.

The 2018 MACo Summer Conference, “Water, Water Everywhere,” was held August 15-18 at the Rowland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland.