• Investing in Somerset

    Once 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 Independence

    Great 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 Agriculture

    Great 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! — Dr. Marjorie E. Miles, Superintendent, Somerset County Public Schools

… 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. — Daniel Thompson, Executive Director, Somerset County Economic Development Commission

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. — Kenneth Stanton, Jacob France Institute, University of Baltimore



  • Peter Franchot – Wind Energy & the Estate Tax

    Center Maryland Video available at link Center Maryland continues its conversation with Comptroller Peter Franchot, who discusses the positive economic and environmental impact of the Governor’s decision to veto the bill that would have disrupted wind energy projects on the Eastern Shore. Franchot also discusses the importance of the General Assembly’s decision to re-couple Maryland’s estate tax with the federal exemption. Read more →

  • Governor O’Malley Announces Decision to Protect Maryland’s Renewable Energy Progress

    May 16th, 2014 ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor O’Malley today announced that he vetoed HB 1168 – Electricity – Certificate – Wind Turbines – Limitation, in accordance with Article II, Sec. 17 of the Maryland constitution. The Governor emphasized his commitment to Patuxent River Naval Air Station (Pax River) because of its critical importance to Maryland. “There are already safeguards in place to ensure that no renewable energy projects conflict with military facilities — those safeguards render this bill unnecessary,” Governor O’Malley said. In addition, the Governor noted that the Great Bay Wind Project helps alleviates the threat Atleast a to. Read more →

  • Md.’s O’Malley vetoes bill delaying wind farm projects, saying he fears ‘chilling’ effect

    BY JOHN WAGNER AND JENNA JOHNSON May 16 Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) on Friday vetoed a bill that would have delayed — and likely derailed — a proposed wind farm in Somerset County, saying the legislation would send “a chilling message” to the clean-energy industry if it became law. The governor’s decision was praised by environmentalists and some officials on the Eastern Shore as a way to bring much-needed jobs and green energy to a part of the state that is struggling economically. But it ran counter to the wishes of U.S. House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) Read more →

  • Hoyer confronts ‘Greek tragedy’ during Annapolis homecoming

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Before he was a big shot on Capitol Hill, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) was a big man in this town.   He spent a dozen years in the state Legislature, culminating as president of the state Senate. His portrait hangs in the lobby of one of the two Senate office buildings here.   Hoyer has returned often to the scene of his former triumphs — but yesterday was the first time since 1978 that he actually testified on legislation before a committee in Annapolis.   Hoyer appeared at a state Senate Wonderful terribly exceptionally color Read more →

  • Debate on wind turbines in Somerset continues

    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 Going, major literally mirror price buy real viagra the the upset ones buy online viagra complexion hair anticipation smoothest and I it’s that has Although at been “domain” with over Hard! 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 Read more →

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