BEING MADE ON THE OCEAN HORIZON. A PICTURE OF UNWARRANTED TREPIDATION SO SAYS A STUDY BY , THE SAGE POLICY GROUP, FINDING A WIND FARM 17 MILES OFF THE COAST OF OCEAN CITY WILL NOT HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON PROPERTY VALUES OR TOURISM.>>THE PRESENCE OF WIND TURBINES CAN STIMULATE TOURISM ACTIVITY. DAVID THE STUDY IS COMMISSIONED : BY U.S. WIND. THE LARGER OF TWO COMPANIES IN WHICH THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION IS GIVING THE GREEN LIGHT TO BUILD WIND TURBINES OFF THE COAST.>>THE STUDY SHOWS THOSE CONCERNS PERHAPS IT WERE ATTRIBUTED TO CONCERNS AROUND CHANGE THAN THEY ARE FEARS OF THE IMPACT OF THE TURBINES. DAVID: THE LOWER SHORE WIND CONSORTIUM, A PARTNERSHIP OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS, SAYS THE STUDY ALSO MAKES THE ARGUMENT HARNESSING CLEAN ENERGY WILL BOOST THE STATE’S ECONOMY.>>THERE ARE MANY PARTS THAT CAN ONLY BE MADE AT COASTAL AREAS BECAUSE THEY ARE SO LARGE AND WE SEE SALISBURY AND THE LOWER SHORE BEING POSITION TO ESTABLISH AS A MANUFACTURING BASE. DAVID: SAGE POLICY GROUP ANALYZED STUDIES ON OFF SHORE WINDFARMS IN EUROPE AS WELL AS RHODE ISLAND AND LAND LOCKED WIND FARMS IN THE U.S.. THE AUTHORS WRITE. WE FIND NO COMPELLING REASON WITH RESPECT TO PROPERTY VALUES OR VISITATION TO SUGGEST THAT WORCESTER COUNTY STAKEHOLDER SHOULD TURN THEIR BACKS ON THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLACE MARYLAND’S EASTERN SHORE AT THE VANGUARD OF AMERICA’S OFFSHORE WIND INDUSTRY. BUT IN OCEAN CITY THE BEACH MATTERS. TOURISM IN MARYLAND’S SUMMERTIME VACATION CAPITAL GENERATES $150 MILLION EACH YEAR IN TAX REVENUES. ELECTED OFFICIALS FIND THE STUDY UNCONVINCING.>>THERE IS NO DATA ABOUT WORCESTER COUNTY OR OCEAN CITY, IT IS TALKING ABOUT OTHER AREAS AND THEY ARE NOT COMPARABLE WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHAT IS BUILT THERE AND HOW IT AFFECTS OR HOW IT IS POSITIONED IN THOSE COMMUNITIES. DAVID: ALTHOUGH THE STUDY IS GOOD P.R. IT MAY NOT BE ENOUGH TO OVERCOME A CONGRESSIONAL HURDLE, REPRESENTATIVE ANDY HARRIS IS PUSHING LEGISLATION BARRING FEDERAL FUNDING ON GOVERNMENT REVIEWS OF WIND PROJECTS BUILT