Maryland's PUC to check impact of larger-than-approved offshore wind turbines

Offshore wind park. Image by: ├śrsted A/S.

December 16 (Renewables Now) - The Maryland Public Service Commission is to hold a hearing to consider the impact of larger wind turbines proposed by the developers of two offshore wind projects with a total capacity of 368 MW.

US Wind Inc, the developer of a 248-MW wind farm off the coast of Maryland, in October said it was considering newer and larger wind turbine models for its project because the original model it planned to use was no longer available. The wind farm is expected to be operational in 2023.

Skipjack Offshore Energy LLC, a subsidiary of Danish power company Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED), is developing a 120-MW wind project off the coast of Ocean City and in September said it planned to use bigger turbines than the ones it had originally included in its application for the project. The operational date for the project is November 2022.

Ocean City leaders have since expressed concerns over the larger size of the turbines to be used in the two projects, saying they represented a "material change from the applications that were approved by the Commission."

As a result, the commission on Friday said it has decided to hold a hearing "limited to potential impacts related to a change in turbine size," on January 18, inviting the companies to provide documents concerning the issue.

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