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June 19, 2013

Public Invited to Ocean Planning and Offshore Energy Discussion

by Martha

turbineWho: Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Energy Administration, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Friends of Assateague State Park

What: Update on the status of ocean planning and offshore wind energy development

When:  Thursday, June 27 at 7 p.m.

Where: UMES Paul S. Sarbanes Coastal Ecology Center, 11802 Marsh View Lane, Berlin

Contact: Catherine McCall, cmccall@dnr.state.md.us or 410-260-8737

In a continuing effort to actively engage citizens, stakeholders and resource managers, State experts and project partners will provide information and answer questions on the status of offshore wind planning and processes. Given the tremendous wind energy potential off of the Atlantic coast, the State of Maryland is working to capture clean renewable electricity and the related economic benefits that wind power affords. Learn more about the State’s efforts at http://dnr.maryland.gov/ccs/ /oceanplanning/.

An area 10- to 23-miles off of Maryland’s coastline – identified as suitable for wind turbines by the U.S. Department of Interior and local partners – has the potential to supply 1,000 megawatts of electricity, enough to power nearly 300,000 homes. In addition to the update on offshore wind activities in Maryland, the discussion, hosted by the Friends of Assateague State Park, will provide an opportunity for attendees to comment and ask questions about the project and discuss its possible impacts on the park.

State and federal agencies are currently collecting data on environmental resources including ocean habitats, marine mammals, avian populations and bats. Along with ocean planning tools, and new mapping technologies, this information will help the Maryland and its partners develop a balanced plan that will reduce environmental and natural resource impacts.

For more information on the meeting, email friendsofasp@gmail.com.

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