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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Governor Martin O’Malley is making a move in a final push to bring off-shore wind turbines to Maryland.

Kai Jackson explains why the plan is stalling in Annapolis.

The governor is front and center in his fight for wind energy.

Wind power is a free and renewable source of energy, and supporters make a compelling argument for using it. They say it will create jobs.

Governor O’Malley supports and is backing the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2011, which would see giant wind turbines constructed off the coast of Ocean City. 

Lawmakers have been critical, concerned about the high cost.

“Thiss bill is designed to save ratepayers money over the long term,” O’Malley said.

The governor and supporters rallied in Annapolis Wednesday.  O’Malley changed the bill, limiting the Public Service Commission’s power to approve deals and promised a lower cost to Marylanders.  He also offered an olive branch to skeptical lawmakers.

“Every legislator rightly asks what does this mean around the kitchen table?” O’Malley said.  “This ensures that no project is approved that will cost Maryland families more than $2 a month on their energy bills.”

A number of unions have backed this bill because they say it will bring thousands of jobs to the state.

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