Gov. Martin O’Malley’s plan to make state utilities buy offshore wind energy may have to wait a year.
The O’Malley administration put out new estimates of the likely rise in Maryland ratepayers’ electric bills under his offshore wind energy proposal as a Senate committee took a look at the plan Tuesday.
Large sections of ocean off Maryland could soon become home to giant power-producing windmills if a plan put forth by Governor Martin O’Malley becomes law.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is circulating a proposal that would require state utilities to enter
long-term contracts with offshore wind companies.
The U.S. Department of Energy said Monday it intends to spend $50 million to speed the development of offshore wind farms, with a goal of issuing leases off four Atlantic Coast states by the end of the year.
In a reversal, the Obama administration said Wednesday it will not pursue offshore drilling off the East Coast of the U.S. and the eastern Gulf of Mexico.