Maryland PSC schedules hearing for two projects

In: Windfarms
The Maryland Public Service Commission has scheduled a public comment hearing as part of its inquiry into impacts related to changes in the turbine sizes originally anticipated for use in the offshore wind projects of US Wind, Inc and Skipjack Offshore Energy, LLC.

The hearing will be held on 18 January 2020 at 12 noon at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center (Rooms 215-217), 4001 Coastal Highway in Ocean City, Maryland.

In May 2017, the Commission authorised offshore wind renewable energy credits to US Wind for its 248 MW project and to Skipjack’s 120 MW project. The Commission’s decision in that case included dozens of conditions, one of which was the requirement that the developers use the best commercially reasonable efforts to minimise the daytime and night-time viewshed impacts of their respective projects.

In 2019, in compliance with Commission regulations, Skipjack and US Wind each notified the Commission that their project turbine sizes would significantly increase in rotor diameter, blade length, and overall height. The Commission found that these selections constituted material changes to both companies’ projects and opened a limited inquiry into the potential impacts related to the turbine size variations. The public hearing is part of this inquiry.

Skipjack offshore wind farm is to be located in the ocean waters northeast of Ocean City, 19.5 miles away from the Maryland-Delaware border. It is expected to be completed by 2022 and generate enough energy to power 35,000 homes.

US Wind Inc.’s
MarWin is due online in 2023. This project was initially two separate lots, Maryland North and Maryland south. US Wind plans to install turbines in waters 20-30 metres deep, approximately 17 miles off the coast of Ocean City.

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