Wind turbines 11.9 miles off the coast of Ocean City

Non-renewable energy and water pollution have always been a concern for residents and officials in the state of Maryland, and now renewable energy is also raising complaints in Ocean City. The Maryland development manager for US Wind Dave Wilson says green energy will help not only the Eastern Shore, but the entire state of Maryland.

More than 300,000 homes in Maryland will be fueled by this clean energy source. All of those will be in Ocean City, Eastern Shore and elsewhere in Maryland.

Ocean City is set to have renewable energy wind turbines built 11.9 to 12.5 nautical miles off the coast of the resort town, but even though Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan says he is all for clean energy, he has some concerns on the potential impact to tourism .

“It’s going to have a detrimental effect on the horizon off the coast of Ocean City,” Mayor Meehan said. “The sunrise will never look the same and you can see that with the visuals that have been produced.”

“Being any closer than 26 nautical miles, you are going to see part of the turbines.”

The mayor also says the construction of the turbines could have an impact on the local watershed and permanently change the view of the sunrise every morning.

“We want future generations to be able to see that same pristine view that we see today.”

Wilson does not deny that the size of the turbines is massive.

“Realistically, about 817 feet tall,” Wilson said. That’s including the tip of the turbine.

“About 220 meters in diameter which is substantial.”

“I talked to a lot of people about it and feel like we are moving forward with green energy with these on the horizon within sight, but barely, but in sight to be sure.”

Wilson says that although he agrees that the turbines will be visible from the shore, studies done by US Wind in Rhode Island have actually shown a positive impact on tourism.

“The impact on tourism will be positive and I think him and I and our team and a lot of folks in Ocean City will just have to differ with that position.”

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