ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s governor plans to introduce legislation that would require utilities to enter into long-term contracts for offshore wind power.

Shaun Adamec, a spokesman for Gov. Martin O’Malley, says an offshore wind power bill is expected to be part of the legislative agenda that will be submitted next week. Adamec says offshore wind has the potential to create thousands of jobs in Maryland, and the proposed bill will help create a market for the alternative energy source.

Some Republican lawmakers are questioning the wisdom of the proposal, saying alternative energy should be encouraged but mandates will force more expensive alternate energy onto consumers.

Constellation Energy spokesman Rob Gould says it would be premature for the company to comment before seeing a bill.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. David says:

    Us Marylanders are already paying very high utility rates (thank you Constellation Energy shareholders). Now our Famous government wants to require our utilities to purchase power from an unbuilt, unproven source with questionable economic value? Honestly, doesn’t our government have better things to do? I suppose not.

    Hey government, how about getting back to basics: provide a favorable climate for businesses to flourish and compete, and let the market find it’s way. If you want offshore to be built and become profitable, give developers incentives via tax breaks and easements. If it can be built and is able to provide reliable, economic energy, the utilities will line up for it. Amazing idea, isn’t it?

  2. j says:

    This is the reason why so many businesses and people have left this State. MOM’s policies are ill advised and just plain thoughtless. Still haven’t found ANYONE who actually was a legal citizen or alive that voted for him.

    Thank God it’s his last term!

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