According to recent public polling, the citizens of Maryland broadly support plans to build offshore wind farms. The wind farm plan, a major part of Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s environmental policies, appears to be moving closer to fruition, according to political insiders. The public support for the plan has emboldened lawmakers to take action.
Upon approval, the plan would authorize the creation of 120 wind turbines 11 miles off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland. The plan stalled in the last General Assembly session, with House and Senate members worried about potential costs.
However, with the result of recent polling showing that over sixty percent of Marylanders would be willing to pay the extra $2 per month for wind energy, many believe that the state assembly will change its tune in the current session.
Some Marylanders are still concerned about potential cost. In particular, agricultural leaders want assurances from the governor that increased energy costs won’t disproportionately fall on their industry, which could not only affect their bottom line, but could cause increased food costs across the state.
While some politicians are warming to the idea of wind farms, many still say there is a lot of fact-finding necessary before they throw their total support behind the idea.
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer