Analysis Group Expert Supports Regulatory Approval of Skipjack’s Turbine Selection for its Offshore Wind Project at Maryland Evidentiary Hearing

October 15, 2020

Analysis Group was retained on behalf of Orsted North America, a Danish energy company and parent of Skipjack Offshore Energy, to support Skipjack in an evidentiary hearing before the Maryland Public Service Commission regarding Skipjack’s decision to use a 12 MW turbine for its offshore wind project.

An Analysis Group team led by Vice President Pavel Darling supported academic affiliate Corey Lang, an environmental economist and an expert on the property effects of sustainable energy projects, who provided testimony. Relying both on his own published work on the Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island, and on a literature review of similar projects, Professor Lang testified that Skipjack’s choice of the 12 MW turbine would have little to no impact on the area’s tourism and economy.

Citing Professor Lang’s testimony in its opinion, the commission held that Skipjack’s selection of the 12 MW turbine was consistent with both the commission’s previous orders and Maryland’s Offshore Wind Energy Act, and that “no further action is necessary regarding Skipjack’s turbine selection.”