Wind energy gets preliminary OK

March 08, 2013|By Erin Cox | The Baltimore Sun

Gov. Martin O'Malley's bill to subsidize and encourage development of an offshore wind project near Ocean City cleared a hurdle Thursday in the Maryland Senate. If the bill receives final passage and a private developer builds a wind farm, Maryland residents would pay $1.50 a month to help pay for the electricity it generates.

The Senate gave initial approval to the measure passed by the House of Delegates. By margins large enough to easily pass the bill, senators defeated six amendments from Republicans.

More amendment attempts are expected Friday when the bill is up for a final vote. Senate President Thomas Mike V. Miller said final passage could come next week.

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