March 10, 2010
In his recent opinion piece, Jon Boone has once again let his bias against wind power stand in the way of sanity ("The fantasy of wind power for Maryland," March 8). Just as with his numerous lawsuits against widely-supported, economically important projects for Western Maryland, he has once again cast his wide "just say no" net to include offshore wind as well. Wind turbines will benefit Maryland, whether on land in Garrett County or in the water off Ocean City. They can provide much-needed tax revenue for communities, significant income to landowners and valuable clean energy to consumers that demand it -- all with little environmental impact.
January 19, 2012
Count me among the minority. I don't favor adding $2 to our utility bills to pay for wind mills ("Public favors offshore wind power, poll says," Jan. 11). While I'm in favor of wind power and yes, $2 is not that much, let's look at what is really happening here. Electricity generated by any source is not delivered directly to the consumer. It is sold to brokers on the open market who then resell it to the highest bidder. So what that $2 will actually do is make the electricity cheaper to the brokers while people on fixed incomes or no income will be subsidizing rich energy brokers.
February 12, 2010
Timothy Wheeler's article ("Study boosts offshore windmills," Feb. 9) presents an exciting prospect for Maryland. Offshore wind energy is just the sort of project that people can get behind, regardless of political leanings. Maryland has the opportunity to become a national leader in clean energy and fighting climate change while creating green jobs. There may be some drawbacks to this plan, but it is still far more appealing than increasing consumption of coal, oil or nuclear power.
October 13, 2011
A study in Harford County could tell farmers if there's enough sustained wind strength to economically generate electricity for their operations. For the past year, a farm in Black Horse, on the northwestern side of the county, has been home to a temporary measuring station, an anemometer perched on a 100-meter tower that captures wind speed and directional data that is in turn stored on a computer. The measuring equipment is owned by the nonprofit Harford County Agricultural Marketing Cooperative, and the data is being collected and analyzed by the Maryland Environmental Service under contract with the cooperative.
April 6, 2012
Many recent op-eds in The Sun have discussed Gov.Martin O'Malley's wind bill. To those concerned about the cost of wind energy, I would observe that doing nothing might prove even more expensive in the long run. While installing the wind turbines may raise residential electricity rates by as much as $1.50 a month, it will benefit Maryland and the world by using more renewable energy. Wind energy is beneficial to Maryland in many ways: it is renewable, it pollutes less, it is not expensive, it provides a lot of energy, it will reduce U.S. dependence on imported fuels and it will create local jobs.
April 29, 2010
It is too bad that Timothy Wheeler failed to mention in Thursday's article "Offshore wind farm wins OK" (April 29) the enormous costs of offshore wind, requiring huge tax subsidies, or the fact that wind turbines will do very little to offset carbon emissions due to wind's intermittency, or that birds are not the only species that will be impacted. Ajax Eastman, Baltimore