By Pat Warren

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Governor Martin O’Malley promotes wind power despite the potential cost increase to Maryland consumers.

Political reporter Pat Warren has more on what voters think of the idea.

According to a recent poll, a majority of Marylanders are willing to invest in a new source of energy.

It’s no surprise the American Wind Association is holding its Offshore Wind Power conference in Baltimore. Building a wind farm off the coast of Ocean City was an O’Malley administration priority this year.

“I’d like us to pass the bill,” he said.

But the General Assembly chose to study it instead. The governor will try again next year, this time backed by a poll that suggests Marylanders would be willing to pay more for wind power…to a point.

“They’re saying, `Look, we’re willing to make this upfront investment for all of the many benefits that come from offshore windpower,'” said Tommy Landers, Environment Maryland.

Voters answered this statement: “I would be willing to pay $2 more per month on my electric bill if my electricity came from clean, local offshore wind farms.” Sixty-two percent said yes and 34 percent said no.

“I think in an era of austerity and tightening of belts all around, it’s a pretty affirmative statement that the people of our state understand the connection between jobs, understand the connections to the environment and understand the connection that that sort of choice makes for that cleaner, renewable energy future that’s both more secure and also contributes to greater American prosperity,” O’Malley said.

Still, it’s hard to nail down just what the cost to consumers would be in the long run, which is what made the idea such a hard sell this season.

Governor O’Malley says the bill for the next session is still a work in progress.

The federal government has designated 207 square miles off the Maryland coast for wind farm development.

Comments (16)
  1. the truth says:

    Ken Salazar will fit right in this venue cause he’s nothing but a hot air blow hard bureaucrat politician jack off.

  2. PAUL E. MICELLI says:

    Another WASTE of taxpayers monies!!! GO NUCLEAR!! France produces over 93% of its ENERGY from NUCLEAR REACTORS. . . .they are safe in the RIGHT LOCATIONS!! STOP THE OIL GLUT and save money!

  3. Teek says:

    I’d be happy to “invest” in alternative energy generation….so long as that investment pays dividends resulting in positive net present value to me, absolutely.

  4. Dusitn says:

    MD Govt. : Hey folks, great deal here…for only 2 dollars a month you can do something green for the environment by subsidizing a MD windfarm!

    ~10 years later

    MD Govt. : After another trying year of cutbacks and budget constraints we unfortunately have to increase the fee for windfarm expansion, and maintenance another 2 dollars. But, how good do you feel knowing that your 48 dollars a month is making a difference in our world?

    Right, this is a really bad road to go down IMO

  5. AO says:

    Put a few windmills near the state capitol. There is plenty of hot air from those windbags. We are already paying their salaries and frivolous expenses, might as well get some benefit from them.

  6. Trista says:

    Are these “offshore” windfarms going to be the eyesore in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay? I’m definitely not for ruining the beauty of the Bay.

    1. Jolene says:

      Who said anything about the Bay? These will be located off of the coast of Ocean City – THE ATLANTIC OCEAN. That said, I will NOT visit Ocean City if these things are visible from the shoreline.

  7. RustysChaos says:

    If Omalley backs it there is more he is not telling you. Would you pay $2.00 per month? Yea, but by the time the deal is done it is $50.00 per month and BGE is getting $45,00 per month profit from it.
    Maybe it is time to put BGE back in their cage. They have run wild and free at our expence long enough.

  8. Mr. Right says:

    These earth worshipers are nuts! who in the heck are they polling? and why is it when ever the come up with some green idea we have to pay out of our noises? going green is going to bankrupt economy and revert us back into a third world country!!!

  9. Tax2deathinMD says:

    We all as Marylanders are already paying more for wind power, the cost is in the loss of nature. After a recent trip to Western Maryland to view the fall colors I can tell you that the views and character of the mountains have been changed by the wind turbines in place on Backbone Mountain. The line of giant turbines just ruin view of the mountain and surrounding area and make the are appear as a giant industrial area instead of a natural scenic one. In addition from what I have read these monsters can only power 23,000 homes which according to a press release from the power company is a relative small amount and they are killing flying birds and bats in the process.

  10. willy joe says:

    Wind turbines can be dangerous to the enviornment & the amount of electricty they produce is the same as a lightning bug.

  11. Dave K says:

    Interesting idea. i switched to Clean Energy with the options for 50 percent wind power over a year ago because it was already cheaper than the rate BGE was charging. Why should we pay more for something that is already available?

  12. whatnow says:

    Sure, I want to pay $2.00 more a month to kill some birds!

  13. fufuyouyu8 says:

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  14. Brian says:

    Clearly your not reading your own poll. Over 65% said NO! Why should we bear the cost of wind power. The generators are heavily subsidized from the Fed using our tax dollars and only requiring maintenance like greasing the first 5-7 years. This is the same tactic as having tolls on our bridges. They need a few extra dollars to pay for maintenance than it gets out of control. No No No. if it can’t be done to be competitive to current energy sources and drive down the cost to customers than the public does not want it. Solar should be the way to go. panels are getting cheaper, but big energy does not get the same fees and distribution charges and all their money making controls so Maryland pushes for an energy source from big energy companies!!!

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