Josh Kim 

Staff Writer

(Feb. 14, 2020) In a huge victory for the Town of Ocean City, the Maryland Public Service Commission announced on Thursday, Feb. 13, that it would conduct two separate evidentiary hearings regarding the potential impacts of U.S. Wind and Skipjack Wind’s final turbine size selection.

Both companies have planned wind farm operations off the coasts of Maryland and Delaware. 

Meehan

Mayor Rick Meehan testified during the Maryland Public Service Commission public hearing on Saturday, Jan. 18, opposing the change in size of wind turbines to be installed in resort waters. Meehan said the city did not oppose wind energy or the project itself, but rather the gargantuan wind turbines, which city officials and business owners claim will decimate the resort's property values. 

“I’m very pleased to hear the PSC, based on the evidence presented at the public hearing, will open evidentiary hearings in regards to both projects,” Mayor Rick Meehan told Ocean City Today. “It’s good news for Ocean City, to lay forward our concerns to what we think will be detrimental consequences to our city.”

The commission will limit the inquiries to the potential impacts the turbine size selections will have on the resort, and nothing else.  

Skipjack and U.S. Wind are also required to file proposed dates for the respective hearings. 

“I look forward to that opportunity that means so much to not just our government, but to our residents and businesses — it’s our chance to show how concerned we are, not with the project itself, but with the size of the turbines,” Meehan said. 

Josh covers everything Ocean City government and crime. He graduated from the University of Richmond in 2019 with a B.A. in French and Journalism.

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