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O’Malley Takes Second Crack at Wind Energy, Oh, and One Other Thing

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After last year’s offshore wind bill failed to pass, Gov. Martin O’Malley went back to the drawing board, lifted a few moves from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and returned to the General Assembly today with a modified bill.

The new plan (like the old one) will likely raise residential electricity bills $1.50 to $2.00 per month. The portion of their power that wholesalers would have to purchase from wind farms beginning in 2017? 2.5 percent. Does that seem like small potatoes to anybody else?

And not to get too conservative on you, but how are we going to make a large-scale move to “green” energy if it requires a state mandate and a measurably larger electricity bill just to move wind to 2.5 percent? Just sayin’.

Oh, by the way, after he presents his revamped wind plan, he is going to introduce a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.

O’Malley Unlikely to Get His Offshore Wind Farm

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Things have gone from bad to worse for Gov. Martin O’Malley’s offshore wind farm initiative.

Last year, O’Malley introduced a plan to subsidize the devlopment of an offshore wind farm that would have signed up Marylanders to pay more on their utility bills for the next twenty years in exchange for the governor’s projection of 2,000 new jobs and securing a position for Maryland in the nascent alternative energies market.

The Democrat-controlled legislature rejected the measure during their 2011 session, which closed last spring. Since then, California saw a federally backed solar company tank in a big way, and Congress has cut off its own green energy subsidies. If anything, it will only be harder now to approve an expensive subsidy for an uncertain market.

Nevertheless, O’Malley is trying again with a restructured plan. The cost to consumers would be nearly the same, but instead of appearing as a separate cost in their monthly utility bills (as it would have under the original plan), it would be hidden.

It’s hard to believe that this would be enough to make the multi-billion dollar measure politically palatable, but who knows?

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