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Offshore wind power has a bright future in Md.

The MV Ocean Discovery is preparing to survey the sea bottom off Ocean City to find solid places to set huge wind turbines. (Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun)

Offshore wind energy projects create jobs, promote clean air and deliver cost-effective and reliable energy. Robert Borlick's commentary, "Md. offshore wind projects may hurt, instead of help, environment" (July 13), represents a gross mischaracterization of offshore wind power and the study conducted on behalf of the Maryland Public Service Commission. As the developer of one of Maryland's first offshore wind projects, I'd like to correct the record.

Our company's Skipjack Wind Farm will deliver clean, cost-effective renewable power to 35,000 homes and will be a major contributor to Maryland's economy. Our project will invest roughly $200 million in the state and, in an independent analysis, the PSC's consultant found that its economic, environmental and health benefits will be greater than its costs.

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From Baltimore to Ocean City, we will create good-paying jobs and invest heavily in privately-funded infrastructure upgrades that will benefit generations of Marylanders. We have committed to investing a combined $38 million in port and fabrication facilities that establish Maryland as a regional hub for offshore wind construction.

Contrary to the author's claims, reports in the public record show that the Skipjack Wind Farm will significantly reduce emissions of pollutants like carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide in Maryland and across the region. The author also claims that, "carbon emissions have no adverse local effects," yet warns later that "Maryland is particularly susceptible to rising sea levels." One can only conclude that the author does not know that carbon emissions contribute to global warming and thus rising sea levels. This makes Maryland's decision to embrace a clean energy future all the more important and commendable.

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Open dialogue about offshore wind's role in Maryland's energy future is good, but it must start with a basic grasp of facts and an honest interpretation of independent research. The July 13 commentary falls short of this standard.

We look forward to delivering a project that all Marylanders will be proud of.

Jeffrey M. Grybowski, Providence, R.I.

The writer is CEO of Deepwater Wind.

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