(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.
“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.