Ocean City Council Set to Kill Wind Turbine Renewable Energy Project, which would’ve brought nearly 10,000 jobs to the Lower Shore
SALISBURY, MD February 5, 2018 --
The Lower Shore Progressive Caucus is sad to announce that the Ocean City Council plans to pass a “Resolution in Opposition of Permanent Offshore Wind Turbines Visible from Ocean City” tomorrow at 6 at City Hall Council Chambers, 301 North Baltimore Ave, Ocean City. The Council claims that it doesn’t want to build the wind turbines off the coast of Maryland because they would be 13 miles off the Coast of Ocean City and visible from the beach, which the Council believes would be bad for tourism, and therefore bad for the local economy.
However, the Council’s claims that this will be bad for Ocean City’s economy are mostly baseless. In fact, the wind farm being built would actually probably be helpful to Ocean City’s economy, considering the proposed wind farm would be made up of over 100 wind turbines, whose construction would create nearly 10,000 jobs directly and indirectly for Ocean City and the Lower Shore in general, which is home to the 2 poorest counties in the state. The wind farm in Ocean City is popular with both citizens in Ocean City and seasonal vacationers, with it having a 69% approval rating in Baltimore County and a 72% approval rating on the Lower Eastern Shore, according to an OpinionWorks poll conducted in December 2017. The Ocean City Council’s fears seem to be largely imaginary, considering the polls show that the vast majority of people don’t seem to mind the wind farm.
We strongly urge the OC Council to reconsider voting against the wind farm. Ocean City has already committed to a 100% clean energy supply portfolio initiative, so these wind turbines would work perfectly towards achieving that goal. The Lower Shore desperately needs job opportunities, and we’d hate to see those nearly 10,000 jobs go to Delaware or another neighboring state. The wind turbines are great and necessary for our environment and economy.