The Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013 passed a key hurdle on Friday, being approved 14-7 for a full vote in the state House. It is expected to pass there before moving to the Senate for consideration.
In testimony before the Senate Finance Committee last week, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley urged passage of the bill, saying the plan will support 850 jobs during construction of the proposed wind farm and 160 permanent jobs once the turbines go into operation. “If we succeed in establishing Maryland as the regional manufacturing hub for wind turbines,” O’Malley said, “we will create and sustain even more good jobs.” O’Malley also stressed that the legislation would have a minimal effect on ratepayers.
Dion Banks, Director of Governmental Affairs for Cambridge International and a member of the Business Coalition for Maryland Offshore Wind, testified as well, urging Maryland lawmakers to lay the foundation for a new industry that will create good Maryland jobs. “We are excited to partner with the Governor to help drive the state of Maryland forward as a manufacturing hub for the United States,” Banks said.
Learn more about Gov. O’Malley’s offshore wind plan for Maryland on the Maryland Governor’s website.