Petty politics defeats wind offshore Maryland. Can a third bid succeed? Will Gov. O’Malley even try?
“Petty political grudges” in Maryland’s Senate Finance Committee are to blame for the failure of the General Assembly to establish the mechanism to incent and pay for one of the first networks of offshore wind turbines anywhere off a U.S. coastline. That’s the way Chesapeake Climate Action Network Executive Director Mike Tidwell put it in [...]
Offshore wind has two strikes against it in New Jersey and Delaware. Cape Wind off Massachusetts’ Nantucket Sound is fighting to stay alive in extra innings. Now Maryland is trying to get ‘on base’ with a second bid by Governor Martin O’Malley which is halfway toward approval (at this writing) by the state’s General Assembly. [...]
Following a path carved by the solar industry, developers of offshore wind energy projects along the Mid-Atlantic U.S. coast are closing in on one model to finance the multi-billion dollar systems they aspire to build. The developers envision a process that will earn one renewable energy credit for every 1,000 kilowatt hours (or 1 megawatt [...]