By Timothy B. Wheeler, Jun. 22, 2015, The Baltimore Sun
The energy of offshore wind is beginning to be felt in Maryland long before any of the giant turbines have been planted off the coast.
Survey vessels recently began examining the Atlantic Ocean bottom off Ocean City, as planning starts in Baltimore for what could be the largest offshore wind energy project to date in the United States — if it clears daunting financial and regulatory hurdles.
US Wind Inc., the Italian-backed company that won federal leases to develop a wind project off Maryland's coast, has established offices in a downtown high-rise. Its executives are working simultaneously on designing the turbines to be built, lining up financing, and networking with the businesses and government agencies the company will need to make its plan a reality.