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Offshore wind gets boost in Annapolis

Maryand Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said he wants to see offshore wind get a full debate in his chamber, after bills intending to encourage construction of turbines off Ocean City died two years in a row in committee.
Maryand Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said he wants to see offshore wind get a full debate in his chamber, after bills intending to encourage construction of turbines off Ocean City died two years in a row in committee.(AP Photo/Peter DeJong)

Legislation to encourage development of wind turbines off Ocean City got a boost Tuesday, as the Associated Press reported that Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said he wants to see the twice-defeated bill get a full debate in his chamber this year.

Miller told the AP's Brian Witte that he would consider changing the makeup of the Senate Finance Committee if a majority of its members continue to oppose subsidies for developing offshore wind projects.

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Offshore wind is a priority of Gov. Martin O'Malley and of many environmentalists in Maryland, and administration officials have said they're planning to pursue it again in the next General Assembly session that starts in January..

A modified version of O'Malley's offshore wind bill passed the House last year, but it has never cleared the Finance Committee.  Miller told the AP that he supports granting ratepayer-financed incentives for wind projects, with qualifications.

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