27 Jan '12, 9pm

Maryland Offshore Wind Farm Proposal Could Catch A Second Wind in 2012

Maryland Offshore Wind Farm Proposal Could Catch A Second Wind in 2012

Offshore wind farms could soon sprout off Maryland's coast. Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has proposed a major offshore wind energy plan in his state for the second year in a row. But even though the plan has wide backing from environmental groups and the public, it may once again face stiff headwinds of opposition from utilities and the state legislature. The proposal, entitled The Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2012 , would establish an offshore wind renewable energy credit (OREC) carve-out within the state’s 20 percent by 2022 renewable portfolio standard (RPS). This OREC system would help facilitate new offshore wind turbine construction by requiring utilities to buy a certain percentage of their electricity from offshore wind farms. O’Malley’s proposal is similar to a proposal that was ultimately tabled in the 2011 state legislative session . Lawmakers oppos...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/01/27/maryland-offshore-win...

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