01 Apr '12, 8am

Maryland To Subsidize The First Atlantic Offshore Wind Farm? | Care2 Causes

Maryland To Subsidize The First Atlantic Offshore Wind Farm? | Care2 Causes

A bill to subsidize development of an offshore wind farm won overwhelming approval last Friday in the Maryland House of Delegates. It now heads to the Maryland Senate. While the use of wind power in the U.S. has expanded rapidly over the past few years, and now makes up about 3% of all electric power, this would be the nation’s first offshore Atlantic wind farm, situated near Ocean City. This is one of Governor Martin O’Malley’s signature initiatives – the passage of a same-sex marriage bill, which O’Malley signed into law on March 1, was another one. The plan would add a fee to every Marylander’s monthly electric bill for 20 years and thousands of dollars to the bills of the state’s largest businesses to construct a multibillion-dollar offshore wind farm. Governor O’Malley, a Democrat, has argued that the plan would create about 2,000 jobs and boost Maryland’s opportuniti...

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