State officials are holding a public meeting Monday in Annapolis on the possibility of placing wind turbines off Maryland's Atlantic coast. The state Department of Natural Resources and Maryland Energy Administration will discuss their efforts to map and learn more about the ocean areas under consideration for leasing to wind energy companies. As part of the state's policy to promote renewable energy, officials last year invited wind developers to express their interest in placing large turbines a dozen or more miles off the state's 31-mile coastline. The open house will be from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Department of Agriculture building, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway in Annapolis. A second open house is planned April 12 at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's Coastal Ecology Teaching and Research Center in Berlin.
- Timothy B. Wheeler