WESTOVER — A packed room of Somerset County residents and U.S. Wildlife Service officials debated the possible implementation of Great Bay Wind Energy’s application for an eagle take permit at the J.M. Tawes Technology Center. The Wednesday evening public meeting intended to use public feedback to prepare an environmental assessment addressing potential impacts of the permit’s issuance for unavoidable “takes” by wind turbines. The permits allow wind farms and other operations to accidentally kill protected eagles. If Pioneer Green is awarded a permit, it would require a five-year review process, which would mandate yearly monitoring. The Wildlife Service has the authority Read more →
Investing in SomersetOnce constructed, Great Bay Wind Energy Center will contribute significant amounts of tax revenue to the County, which means more money for the community to invest in schools, parks, and roads. The tax revenue that Great Bay Wind will provide could also be used to partially reduce existing taxes that local residents currently pay.
Energy IndependenceGreat Bay Wind will increase America’s energy independence and move our country away from supporting unstable foreign oil. It will also diminish Maryland’s reliance on polluting energy sources such as coal and natural gas that are imported from other states. Instead, Maryland will be able to count on an inexhaustible, clean, and renewable source of energy found right in its own backyard.
Strengthening Local AgricultureGreat Bay Wind can help local farmers by providing them a new revenue stream and source of income, while simultaneously protecting the region’s agricultural way of life. Crops can be grown and livestock grazed right up to the base of the turbines. Even tree farming poses no problems for wind energy generation in Somerset County.
Somerset County Public Schools whole heartedly supports this initiative and we look forward to the winds of change blowing our way in the near future! —
… this is a great way to add tremendous revenue to the county while also supporting the agricultural way of life and farmers that are also a key driver to the local economy. —
The Great Bay Project creates a large number of jobs and increases economic activity...[it] is very beneficial to Somerset County and the State of Maryland as a whole. —
Debate on wind turbines in Somerset continues
17 Jan 2014
Wind Farms Do Their Part for Eagle Conservation Today, and Tomorrow
17 Jan 2014
David Yarnold of the Audubon Society recently wrote on The Huffington Post and elsewhere about wind power and bald eagles. Only a handful of bald eagles have collided with commercial wind turbines in the history of the industry. Moreover, the Fish and Wildlife Service rule he opposes applies to many other industries and activities beyond wind. If he truly believes his recent statement that “climate change is the single greatest threat to both birds and people,” Mr. Yarnold would not single out a technology that brings great net positive benefits for wildlife, and would work with regulators on practical solutions. Read more →
Md. wind farm seeks eagle permit
9 Jan 2014
Phil Taylor, E&E reporter Published: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 A wind farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore has applied for a permit to kill or harm bald eagles, but has promised a suite of other steps to bolster the iconic bird. The Fish and Wildlife Service said this month that it plans to prepare an environmental assessment for a proposed eagle “take” permit for the Great Bay Wind Energy Center in Somerset County. The 25-turbine project by Austin, Texas-based Pioneer Green Energy LLC is one of roughly a dozen wind farms that have applied to FWS for eagle take permits of varying Read more →
IARC: Outdoor air pollution a leading environmental cause of cancer deaths
28 Oct 2013
Lyon/Geneva, 17 October 2013 – The specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), announced today that it has classified outdoor air pollution as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1). 1 After thoroughly reviewing the latest available scientific literature, the world’s leading experts convened by the IARC Monographs Programme concluded that there is sufficient evidence that exposure to outdoor air pollution causes lung cancer (Group 1). They also noted a positive association with an increased risk of bladder cancer. Particulate matter, a major component of outdoor air pollution, was evaluated separately and was Read more →
The top 5 signs that wind is becoming America’s most affordable energy choice
10 Sep 2013
We already knew American wind power benefits our economy, since it supports over 80,000 American jobs, adds billions of dollars into local, state, and national economies, and keeps our air clean by displacing harmful carbon emissions. But recent news adds to the evidence that wind costs have declined significantly and the savings are being passed onto everyday utility ratepayers like you and me. At the heart of this good news is the fact that wind turbine technology is improving. New technology means not only lower costs to produce wind turbines but also increased turbine productivity. The results of these improvements Read more →