Governor O'Malley introduced the Maryland Offshore Wind Act of 2013 on Tuesday, January 22 shortly after convening the 443rd General Assembly.

The bill will have its first hearing in the House of Delegates (HB 226) on Tues., Feb. 5, in the House Economic Matters Committee. Identical in all substantive respects to the bill that overwhelmingly passed the House of Delegates last year, this measure will operate within Maryland’s existing Renewable Portfolio Standard to create a framework that will support a major offshore wind project.

The Maryland Energy Administration is supporting the Governor's efforts to promote offshore wind develoment by announcing a $2 million Request for Application (RFA). The request seeks proposals from Maryland’s public colleges and universities, and will award grants between $250,000 and $1,000,000 on a competitive basis.

Issued in collaboration with the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), the RFA and subsequent grants will be paid for with funds committed by Exelon as a condition of its merger with Constellation Energy.

Applications are due April 15, 2013. For more information please visit MHEC's grant webpage.