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Green Jobs for Baltimore with MD Wind Farm Project

A wind farm planned off the Maryland coast will provide more than 10 gigawatts of offshore wind energy capacity by 2030, according to the Danish company behind the project. (Max Topchii/Adobe Stock)
A wind farm planned off the Maryland coast will provide more than 10 gigawatts of offshore wind energy capacity by 2030, according to the Danish company behind the project. (Max Topchii/Adobe Stock)
July 25, 2019

OCEAN CITY, Md. – A long-planned wind farm off the coast of Ocean City moved closer to reality this week with the announcement that a new staging area is being built at the Port of Baltimore.

Wind turbines will be assembled at the port and then shipped out to sea.

The Skipjack Wind Farm site is a former Bethlehem Steel mill. Skipjack's parent company – the Danish firm Orsted – says the staging site may also help develop other wind farms across the country.

Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski says the new site replaces a type of business that had environmental issues, and will help restore jobs to an area that has seen challenges as the steel industry declined.

"It's really rewarding and exciting to have seen a new green economy spring up where a steel mill once stood,” he states. “And we're providing jobs again, in a way that's clean and environmental, but also beneficial to the local residents."

Orsted has predicted its wind farm will boost Maryland's economy and provide enough energy to power 35,000 homes. It's estimated the project will generate 1,400 jobs, and construction is set to begin next year.

The wind farm will eventually have 15 turbines, located about 20 miles northeast of Ocean City.

Critics of the plan say that wind turbines are an eyesore to beach goers and will impact property values in the resort town. But Olszewski disagrees.

"Given the distance and how far offshore these turbines will be that the impact to sightlines is really negligible,” he states. “And there won't be any tangible impact in terms of activities at the beach or directly in places like Ocean City."

The announcement comes months after Maryland passed the Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2019, which increases the state's offshore wind capacity by 1,200 megawatts, up from 370 megawatts.

The bill went into effect in May without Gov. Larry Hogan's signature.

Diane Bernard, Public News Service - MD