O’Malley Proposes Changes To Revive Wind Bill

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.

  • ethalenberg

    Love wind energy

  • George Helm

    I think they better hire T. Boone Pickens as a consultant as I recently remember a news repot saying he lost millions on a wind farm out west but i’m sure O’Malley knows best!

  • r j willick

    Cool! O’Malley could power the state with all the wind that blows from his mouth!

  • Joanna

    hahahaha agreed

  • kevin

    This is just Owe Malley’s way to set up a new slush fund for the general fun that every one has to pay into if you like it or not. He will come back and rob it later to balance the budget just like he does with the save the bay funds and the transportation funds.Don’t be fooled its all about stealing your money for some bogis spending in Annapolis.If wind is so popular to use; why isn’t the private industry all over it?

  • Keith

    You people are absolutely ridiculous. This bill would help make the state a manufacturing center for an energy resource that could provide 1/3 of us energy needs. Maryland is located next to what is essentially the Persian gulf of offshore wind energy. The steelworkers, building trades unions and private investors aren’t behind this for nothing. Plus, when the contract for wind is set, the price per kilowatt hour will not change for 25 years. No other energy source can provide that certainty.

  • TJ

    I understand that his childhood best friend will earn billions from the deal. Best friends always have a way of taking care of each other.

  • Alexander

    Wind power can not meet peak demand issues of summer time cooling nor is it a relaible source 24 hours a day!

    There is no mention about the birds that will die as they fly along the Atlantic Coast to and from nesting grounds.

    From what I have read there are not major manufacturing companies for these systems in the United States – Maryland lost its solar pannel company in Frederick, MD to lower wage workers in Mexico – so do not count on manufacturing jobs.

    I guess the fee for supporting this venture is not a tax unless it created by some other governor.

  • ed

    Pickens pulled out, yup, then his site data mined the ideas. i took a look at denmark who say they can only consume 5% of the wind but make 20% and have to sell it rock bottom. Well at least they have beer, pot, and babes to take their mind off the mess http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgUsun3hIT0
    so do some real research your self.

    • DB

      Keep in mind too, that in that part of the world most of the traditional, reliable generation is hydro. Since wind cannot work with back-up generation, combine it with hydro and there’s no carbon savings, just more physical and visual environmental damage.

      • DB

        Sorry, I meant, Wind cannot work ‘without’ traditional backup generation.

  • ratm33

    It could work if everybody was not so greedy. But we live in america so that will not appen.

  • John Card

    $2 a month! that is cheaper then the beer tax will be a month!

  • whatnow

    Why don’t they just look at the other states that deregulated their utilities the same time MD did yet their’s went down and our’s doubled. Do whatever it is they did!

    • DB

      Why don’t we just wait and see the performance data from the monstrous turbines recently installed in Garrett County, MD?

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