OC studying alternative energy for powering town

December 20, 2009

The city engineer for Ocean City says officials there are considering wind turbines and solar panels to help power government buildings. Terry McGean says a geothermal energy system is also being studied for the airport. The wind turbines would be installed at Northside Park. Solar panels might go on the convention center roof and at the Inlet parking lot. McGean says the town would save money and experience more consistent energy bills. Dave Wilson, executive director of the Maryland Coastal Bays Program, says the city's decision to study alternative energy options shows the town's leaders understand climate change and is going to do something about it. Costs and energy projections haven't been completed, McGean says, but he expects that construction could be completed within a year.

- Associated Press

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