ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — A wind energy bill sponsored by Governor Martin O’Malley gets support from a coalition of Maryland college students.
Pat Warren reports the proposal has a number of hurdles to clear.READ MORE: COVID In Maryland: 985 New Cases, Hospitalizations Slightly Down Monday
The future takes on the fossils and sets out to inherit the wind. Wind energy is an O’Malley administration priority for the second year in a row but this time the lawmakers have had more time to study it. In a Senate committee hearing last week, the governor pitched it again.
“There’s no hope that we’ll ever get it if we don’t continue to move forward,” said O’Malley.
It uses the wind off the coast of Ocean City to generate electricity.
“God has put it off of our shore. What we have to make the choice to do is to harness it,” said O’Malley.READ MORE: Family Of 21-Year-Old Haley Herron Searching For Answers After Deadly, Possible Road Rage Incident Over Easter Weekend
And customers have to be prepared to pay for it — an additional $2 a month — which gives some lawmakers pause.
“A lot of that depends on what we think the price of fossil fuels is going to be,” said O’Malley.
But wind advocates believe despite the cost, the juice is worth the squeeze.
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According to the administration, it would be five years before consumers would see the cost of building the wind farm added to their bills.