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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published March 22, 2011

GOVERNOR MARTIN O’MALLEY TO JOIN LOCAL STEELWORKERS, ADVOCATES IN FINAL PUSH FOR OFFSHORE WIND



ANNAPOLIS, MD (March 22, 2011) – Governor Martin O’Malley will join local steelworkers, environmental advocates, and legislative leaders tomorrow at Annapolis’ City Dock to promote the Administration’s offshore wind initiative during the final weeks of the 2011 legislative session.

The Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2011 will require that public utilities leverage Maryland's outstanding offshore wind resources by entering into long-term purchase agreements with wind power generation facilities off of the Mid-Atlantic coast. Projects off Maryland’s coast could generate as many as 2,000 manufacturing and construction jobs during the five-year development period, with an additional 400 permanent jobs once the turbines are spinning.

In addition to creating new ‘green’ jobs, harnessing the potential of offshore wind power will generate much needed clean, renewable energy, and promote long-term price stability while helping to ensure that Maryland meets its Renewable Portfolio Standard goal of generating 20% of its energy from renewable resources by 2022.


WHAT: Governor O’Malley to join local steelworkers, advocates to promote offshore wind development

WHEN: TOMORROW, Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Annapolis City Dock
End of Dock Street, on water
Annapolis, MD