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US Wind Project off Ocean City's Coast Faces Meteorological Tower Installation Delay

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- Representatives with US Wind say the installation of its meteorological tower has been delayed.

US Wind is the developer behind the project, which is installing a wind farm 17 miles off the coast of Ocean City. The company said part of the project includes building a meteorological tower, which is used for things like internal data. The company said it's a separate part of the larger project, but its installation that was set for the summer faces delays.

“The installation of the Met Tower was delayed at the very last minute, when the equipment was already on the installation vessel and the crew was ready to start the work of installation," county manager Salvo Vitale said in a statement to WBOC. "This is due to a number of concurrent factors, including hurricane Dorian, the unfortunate business failure of our first contractor, and all that came after it.”

US Wind representatives add that the overall project is still on track.

“It’s fairly common for energy projects to set initial deadlines that are subsequently subject to delays and/or postponements for a number of reasons (mostly related to the permitting process). While originally we were hoping to achieve the COD (commercial operation date) by 2021, we must note that we are still well on track to complete the project in the timeframe defined by the MD Public Service Commission (2025)," Vitale said in the statement.

The project has been met with debate and concerns, including push back from the resort town itself. Developers with US Wind are calling it one of the world's largest offshore wind turbine, and say the project will not only be able to power 76,000 homes, but it will add thousands of jobs and billions of dollars into the state's economy. 

 

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