Dec 17, 2013

Federal govt. to offer 80,000 acres offshore for commercial energy leasing

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said at a news conference Tuesday that the federal government will offer about 80,000 acres off the coast of Maryland for commercial energy leasing.

Nov 5, 2013

Climate group hopes to double energy goal

A Maryland environmental group wants the state to double the minimum amount of energy that must be generated by wind and solar sources over the next decade.

Jul 22, 2013

U.S. sets Sept. date for Va. offshore wind auction

RICHMOND, Va. — Eight energy companies will bid Sept. 4 on a lease for a vast expanse of ocean off Virginia’s coast set aside for the development of wind farms. The Bureau of Ocean Management on Monday announced the scheduled auction of 112,800 acres on the Outer Continental Shelf, 23.5 miles east of Virginia Beach. […]

Jun 26, 2013

Renewable energy rises as electricity source

NEW YORK — Renewable energy is growing fast around the world and will edge out natural gas as the second biggest source of electricity, after coal, by 2016, according to a five-year outlook published Wednesday by the International Energy Agency. Developing countries are building more wind, solar and hydroelectric power plants to meet rising power […]

Apr 24, 2013

Public Service Commission to hear Fourmile wind farm proposal

The Maryland Public Service Commission is scheduled to hear a proposal to build a wind power project near Frostburg. The PSC is scheduled to hear the case Wednesday in Baltimore. Fourmile Wind Energy LLC is seeking to build the project on Fourmile Ridge and the western slope of Big Savage Mountain. The company has said […]

Mar 27, 2013

SWET, Dallas energy company partnering

Solar Wind Energy Tower Inc., an Annapolis-based company (formerly Clean Wind Energy Tower Inc.) that is planning to build very tall cylindrical towers in Arizona and Northern Mexico to generate clean, renewable energy, said it is collaborating with Providence Energy Corp., a privately owned company in Dallas, on development of the first downdraft tower in […]

Mar 18, 2013

Md. politics show signs of moving further left

After years of trying, Gov. Martin O’Malley finally has won legislative approval of two priorities of his administration: a ban on capital punishment and a measure to develop offshore wind. What helped cause the breakthrough? Political scientists say a state long solidly Democratic has moved increasingly to the left as the result of recent statewide […]

Mar 11, 2013

Bald eagles focus of Eastern Shore wind farm dispute

WESTOVER — A proposed wind farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore could kill up to 20 bald eagles a year, according to federal regulators who have asked the developer to take steps to cut those numbers in a move that could affect developing the electricity source along the Eastern Seaboard. A wind power group counters that […]

Mar 8, 2013

Wind win in assembly almost official

Only one procedural step remains between legislation that would subsidize the development of a Maryland offshore wind energy industry and the desk of its creator, Gov. Martin O’Malley.

Feb 21, 2013

Wind bill’s labor, wage provisions OK’d

A written opinion from the Maryland Office of the Attorney General says controversial labor and wage provisions in Gov. Martin O’Malley’s offshore wind legislation are legal.

Feb 21, 2013

Pending legal opinion delays Senate committee vote on offshore wind

A Senate committee has postponed its vote on Gov. Martin O’Malley’s offshore wind legislation as it waits for a legal opinion on one contentious component of the bill.

Feb 19, 2013

Western Md. wind project deemed aviation navigation hazard

FROSTBURG — The developer of the proposed Fourmile Ridge wind power project says it is working to overcome objections by federal aviation officials. Project developer Synergics says the Federal Aviation Administration has determined the 24 planned turbines in eastern Garrett County are presumed to be a hazard to air navigation. Synergics spokesman Frank Maisano told […]

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