New bill for Maryland offshore

Governor Martin O’Malley

Governor Martin O’Malley

For the third consecutive year, Governor Martin O’Malley has introduced a bill to have ratepayers subsidise a proposed wind farm of up to 200MW in the Atlantic Ocean off the US state of Maryland. 

O’Malley this time claims there is sufficient support in the Senate, which twice blocked his previous legislation after approval by the lower house. Both chambers are controlled by his Democratic Party.

He says that 24 senators will co-sponsor the bill, double the number in 2012, a majority in the 47-seat Senate. 

The new bill is similar to the one last year. It creates a carve-out for offshore wind energy in Maryland’s renewable portfolio standard.

Enacted in 2004, and revised three times since O’Malley took office in January 2007, the mandate requires electric utilities to Log in to read complete article.

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