Maryland offshore wind hearings are no silver bullet (Matthew Prensky, News Journal story)
There has been continuing public concern about the two offshore wind projects that are in play – US Wind Project and the Skipjack Wind Farm (Orsted). Thus, a recent hearing in Ocean City, MD attracted hundreds of residents, lasted well into the evening, and “drew 14 pages full of the names of those registered to speak.”
The MD Public Service Commission has now announced further hearings for both projects, with the timing to be determined after the two companies decide on the larger turbine sizes (versus initial plans) that they respectively want to go with. According to the PSC (e-mail from Tori Leonard), the new hearings won’t “revisit the overall question of OREC funding . . . which includes passing additional conditions to push the projects farther east.” The hearings were characterized by Leonard as “trial-like proceedings,” which will “allow the [PSC] to hear more evidence through testimony and witnesses.”
Hmm, sounds like approval of these projects may not be a slam dunk.