Future Of Somerset Co. Wind Turbine Project Still Unclear - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Future Of Somerset Co. Wind Turbine Project Still Unclear

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SOMERSET CO., Md. - The future of Somerset County's proposed wind turbine project is still unclear.

Lawmakers have approved a 15-month delay to wait for a study on how the turbines could affect radar use at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, but Governor Martin O'Malley still has not decided whether to sign or veto the measure.

In a statement to 47 ABC, a spokeswoman for Governor O'Malley says, "As an administration, we set a goal to produce 20 percent of the electricity produced in Maryland from renewable resources by 2022. We're committed to reaching that goal, and as the governor reviews this legislation, we will continue to work to find a compromise that advances our clean energy efforts while also addressing the concerns raised by Pax River."

The company behind the project, Pioneer Green Energy, says they already reached an agreement with Pax River's Department of Defense, and the delay would kill the project from happening.

The wind farm could reportedly bring $44 million to the county over 30 years.

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