Stop tilting at wind-power projects
By Frank Maisano
The Feb. 5 editorial “Winds of change” highlighted an ongoing problem with renewable energy development that goes beyond nascent offshore wind projects, such as that in Cape Cod.
Even more battle-tested commercial, land-based projects are facing the same opposition from people who don’t like them, especially in this region. Neither Maryland nor Virginia have large-scale wind-power stations, but it’s not for lack of trying.
In fact, despite state government calls for more wind power and legislative policy reforms designed to encourage it, opponents are trying to block projects in Western Maryland that are good for the rural economy (providing revenue and jobs) as well as the environment. And while Virginia has its first project under construction in Highland County, the same opponents are attacking the project with the same stale claims. In each case, the project’s timelines are approaching eight years.
Last year, the wind industry installed nearly 10,000 megawatts of clean energy, enough to power 2.4 million homes. After eight years of waiting, it would nice to add to that total in our back yard.
The writer is a spokesman for wind developers in the mid-Atlantic, including US Wind Force, Synergics, Constellation and Highland New Wind.
| February 9, 2010; 5:56 PM ET
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