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US Offshore Wind Progresses in Maryland
The Maryland House of Delegates has approved Governor Martin O’Malley’ s offshore wind energy bill, which would build a 200-megawatt project off the coast of Ocean City. The vote was 86-48.
Governor O’Malley introduced the bill (HB 226: Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013) on Jan. 24, 2013. “Passing this legislation will mean that, every single year for the next 5 years, we will create 850 jobs in construction, manufacturing, and assembly in our State,” he said at a public rally. Similar bills have failed twice in the past.
The bill also adds a US$1.50 monthly surcharge to electric bills, beginning in 2017 when the project is expected to be completed.
The bill now goes to the Maryland Senate. Maryland is one of several states in a race to build the first U.S. offshore wind project.