Maryland Wind Energy Status Update

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Published on November 19, 2009

Author: tennesseewind

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Maryland Wind Energy Status Update:  Maryland Wind Energy Status Update Onshore Utility Scale:  Onshore Utility Scale Onshore Utility Scale:  Onshore Utility Scale Onshore Utility Scale:  Onshore Utility Scale Community Wind:  Community Wind The wind resource along the Chesapeake Bay has raised the interest of many communities wishing to develop renewable energy projects. These projects are in different stages of development and vary from between 100kW and 20 MW of planned capacity. Community Wind:  Community Wind Talbot County Klondike Road Wind Turbine/Solar Panel project will host 3 100kW Northwind wind turbines to power local municipal wastewater facility. Project utilizes ARRA funds through the Maryland Department of the Environment Community Wind:  Community Wind Alpha Energy, LLC is moving forward with plans to erect a met mast at the decommissioned Greenbury Point Naval Radio Transmitting Facility near Annapolis. This project could host between 6 and 10 utility scale wind turbines. Community Wind:  Community Wind The City of Crisfield in Somerset County is considering deploying wind turbines to power operations at its wastewater treatment plant. Crisfield passed an aggressive wind siting ordinance and plans to deploy a municipal wind project have been met with support from the local community. Crisfield took advantage of MEA’s anemometer loan program and recently collected a year’s worth of data from an anemometer placed on top of the City’s water tower. Small Wind:  Small Wind Windswept Grant Program This year, MEA utilized ARRA funding to increase the Windswept grant funding levels. The grant program was modified in 3 major ways: Grant amounts no longer proportional to manufacturer’s rated capacity. Now grant amounts are indexed to manufacturer’s projected power output at 11 m/s wind speed. Grant cap raised from $10,000 to $20,000 Grant rates increased from $2,500/kW to $2,800/kW for the first 5kW and $2,100/kW for each additional kW. Ordinances:  Ordinances In the Spring of 2009, MEA conducted a series of small/residential wind power stakeholder outreach meetings to discuss issues of concern for Maryland residents. The most commonly encountered barrier to deployment of wind energy systems was lack of local ordinances. Ordinances:  Ordinances So far, nine Maryland counties have passed ordinances creating siting guidelines for small and community scale wind. Eight of these have been passed in 2009. Many of these were based on the Model Small Wind Ordinance developed by MEA in collaboration with small wind energy stakeholders. Caroline and Dorchester Counties have developed ordinances with height restrictions of 200’. This type of progressive ordinance allows agricultural communities in those counties to take advantage of taller turbines. Additionally, several municipalities have developed ordinances: City of Easton, City of Frostburg, City of Cumberland, City of Crisfield, Ocean City Offshore Wind Interstate MOU:  Offshore Wind Interstate MOU Last week, Maryland signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Delaware and Virginia committing to regional cooperation on: Common electric transmission strategies Strategies to encourage sustainable market demand Fostering federal energy and regulatory policies to further the development and use of offshore wind resources Offshore Wind:  Offshore Wind MARINE SPATIAL PLANNING PROCESS MEA and MD DNR are working together with The Nature Conservancy, the Center for Integrative Environmental Research and Towson University to develop a comprehensive marine spatial planning process. This process will develop a model of Maryland’s Atlantic coast and marine environment to aid in decisionmaking and stakeholder coordination. Offshore Wind:  Offshore Wind Offshore Wind:  Offshore Wind Offshore Wind:  Offshore Wind Questions? Andrew Gohn Clean Energy Program Manager agohn@energy.state.md.us 410-260-7190

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