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Wind Bill Receives Preliminary House Approval

Gov. Martin O'Malley's renewable energy initiative could add $1.50 per month to the average electricity bill.

A bill providing a public subsidy to offshore wind generation received preliminary approval from the House of Delegates Wednesday.

The bill, one of Gov. Martin O'Malley's initiatives for the 2013 Maryland General Assembly session, would add $1.50 to the average consumer's electric bill once the windmills are built and start generating electricity.

The turbines would likely be built 10 to 30 miles off the coast of Ocean City.

The bill was passed despite attempts by Republicans to derail it because of concerns about costs.

The House passed a similar bill last year but it later died in the Senate. The bill is expected to pass the General Assembly this year.

The House of Delegates could schedule a final vote on the legislation as early as Thursday or Friday.

1ke March 01, 2013 at 07:05 PM
It might be a question too smart for this mace-and-chain crowd.
Baltimore Matt March 01, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Why do we need to directly subsidize this?...IT'S A PRIVATE, FOR PROFIT INDUSTRY...if you really want it built just don't tax it and don't tax the companies that choose to build it...and if they don't build it privately with a no tax scenario than there is a market reason for not building it...
Mark Patro March 01, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Are you asking why we need to subsize Giant Oil Companies? I'm unclear here...
CP May 14, 2013 at 05:07 PM
US shale oil supply shock shifts global power balance. And you greeny weenies want to stop this. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22524597
CP May 14, 2013 at 05:09 PM
AP IMPACT: Wind farms get pass on eagle deaths. Way to go! http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_WIND_ENERGY_EAGLE_DEATHS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-05-14-07-57-59

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