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Friday, July 28, 2017

State to subsidize entry into offshore wind supply chain

Despite offshore wind being far from a done deal, following the introduction of a potentially lethal measure by shore’s congressional representative, Dr. Andy Harris (R-1), the state’s energy administration has secured $600,000 in grants to start a new business or to expand an existing one in Maryland.

“This is important for businesses in Worcester interested in getting into this new industry,” Worcester County Director of Economic Development Merry Mears, said.

Applications, due by Sept. 1 and available via www.energy.maryland.gov, are divided into two main areas of interest: market entry assistance and capital expenditures and facilities upgrades.

The grants are intended to provide a gateway for local businesses to begin to compete in the global offshore energy generation market, and are not limited to the two wind farms that gained Public Service Commission approval this spring. Though the regulatory path for offshore wind turbines in the waters off Ocean City has been mostly cleared, the turbine side of the equation, the one that requires replacement parts and maintenance, is still a couple of years away.

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10 comments:

tired said...

Small business can't succeed in Worcester County. They will permit it to death and inspect and study it and you just give up. Even worst if you need a Health Dept permit

Anonymous said...

Worcester County is not Business Friendly. They Permit and inspect everything to death. The County Commissioners are just puppets of the Planning and permitting section. If Ed Tudor doesn't want something it doesn't happen.

Anonymous said...

This is a payoff to stifle opposition. Make no mistake, the offshore wind projects will decrease tourism, lower property values, and harm the environment.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
This is a payoff to stifle opposition. Make no mistake, the offshore wind projects will decrease tourism, lower property values, and harm the environment.

July 28, 2017, at 11:11 AM

Not likely. Property values are already over valued. No harm will be done to the environment. No one cares about any of that except they falsely believe it will hurt the value of the property they own there and near there. It's all about their money and what they fear they will "lose". They don't care about the environment or what people have to pay for utilities or losing a few tourists.

Greed is the bottom line.

Anonymous said...

Maryland is not business friendly - plain and simple. Businesses don't even know it - but they are being set-up.

lmclain said...

Uh uh uh.....take a VERY close look at who, in the end, gets these "grants".

Bet this --- it won't be anyone you know.
Keep cheering.

Anonymous said...

Offshore wind farms offer absolutely no benefit to the average working person. NONE!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Offshore wind farms offer absolutely no benefit to the average working person. NONE!

July 28, 2017 at 8:07 PM

lol and you know this HOW? You really don't want these wind farms do ya? It seems you will do and say ANYTHING to garner support for their demise. I wonder why that is...

Anonymous said...

909, if offshore windmills were going to be a profitable venture, they wouldn't need government subsidies, would they?
How stupid do you think we are?

Anonymous said...

I'm not in support of gov't money being used for this, but how is this going to lower property values? They're going to be 15 miles off shore, you won't be able to see them from the beach.