MD - Maryland PSC Approves Larger Turbines for Skipjack Wind Farm
Maryland’s Public Service Commission has approved Danish wind-power company Ørsted’s proposed use of 12-megawatt turbines off the Ocean City, Md., coast for its planned Skipjack wind farm.
The use of GE Haliade-X 12-megawatt wind turbines in the project was the subject of a public hearing in January in Ocean City. Ørsted had requested the change from 8-megawatt turbines originally planned for the wind farm.
“Ørsted is pleased that the Maryland Public Service Commission approved the project’s longstanding commitment to use the best commercially-available turbine technology,” said Brady Walker, Ørsted’s Mid-Atlantic market manager.
The use of larger turbines will reduce the number of turbines planned for the Skipjack project from 15 to 12 or fewer, according to the PSC decision.
The written decision released last week also states, “No hearing evidence indicates that the change in turbine selection will create additional adverse impacts to navigational safety, marine life or the broader environment.”
The PSC decision states that it has concluded from testimony at the January hearing that the larger turbines would not significantly change the visual impact of the turbines from the coastline. The newer, larger turbines would be 853 feet tall.
When completed, Ørsted says, the wind farm will supply electricity to 35,000 homes on the Delmarva peninsula. The 120-megawatt offshore wind farm will be located 19.5 miles off the Maryland-Delaware coast.
Ørsted currently operates the Block Island Wind Farm off the coast of Rhode Island, the first offshore wind farm in the United States.