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Wind farms in western Maryland have been held up in zoning.
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Wind farms in western Maryland have been held up in zoning.

Wind farms off the coast of Ocean City may be years away, but in the mean time, a wind project at the other end of the state could soon be delayed again.

Developers of a western Maryland wind farm are asking regulators for more time to start a project that has been embroiled in an ongoing zoning battle. Dan's Mountain Windforce is asking the Maryland Public Service Commission to extend the deadline to begin building the wind farm to September of next year. 

The project was approved by the commission in 2009, but has been held up by zoning changes in Allegany County. Opponents have expressed concerns about noise from the turbines and the impact on home values in the area.

Plans to expand wind power off the coast of Ocean City died during the final day of General Assembly session that wrapped up this week when the measure could not get out of a Senate committee.

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