State reps offer public meeting on wind farm

Well, this proposed wind farm off the coast of Fenwick Island has certainly generated some emotions.

A July Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Department of Natural Resources (DNREC) and Danish company Orsted shows that Orsted has committed to construct a new parking structure at the Fenwick Island State Park, a new office for the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, walking paths to sidewalks to connect to those planned in Fenwick Island, a snack bar and much more.

In return, Orsted would be allowed to build an enormous wind farm off the coast that would bring wind-produced energy ashore to a connection facility at the park. That energy would be connected to the existing power grid, and would be used in Maryland, which has approved the use of that power for its customers. At this time, Delaware has not given that approval.

The MOU — while not a formal agreement and contains language stating that numerous permits and conditions must first be met — has many people convinced that this is another case of an understanding being reached before the public was aware, and that there are a ton of negatives that come with this partnership. Others, obviously, disagree, and suggest that the improvements to the park would be more-than-welcomed, and that any shift to natural energy is a good one.

Fortunately, State Sen. Gerald Hocker and State Rep. Ron Gray will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Indian River High School at 6 p.m. to hear grievances and disseminate information. This is a needed event from our representatives, and we are thankful for the effort and transparency.