Dear Office of Renewable Energy, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management:
I support both proposed offshore wind farms in Maryland at their current distance from shore. In 2017, Maryland took a huge step toward becoming the East Coast hub for offshore wind. Our state’s Public Service Commission approved applications for two large wind farms off our coast, promising thousands of jobs and enough energy to power over 500,000 homes.
Offshore wind will pave the path for Maryland to lead the nation toward a clean energy economy that combats climate change, improves public health, and creates family-sustaining jobs in manufacturing industries lost to de-industrialization. Requiring turbines to be built any further from the shore is unnecessary and would make it impossible to bring this clean energy future to Maryland.
Please stand with Marylanders and approve the two offshore wind farms.