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Wind, not fossil fuels, is Maryland's energy future

developer persuaded landowners to bless his plans for more than two dozen wind turbines that would tower more than 40 stories high. But after a years-long battle with Allegheny County officials and concerned neighbors, the clear cut hilltops remain bare.

Offshore wind energy will likely become real in Maryland, boosting the economy and reducing the severe impacts of climate change ("Ocean City's efforts to keep windmills far offshore fails as Maryland delegates reject proposal," March 12). Carbon emissions will be reduced by 19,000 tons per year. The state legislature defeated a bill that would have undermined two offshore wind projects the Maryland Public Service Commission approved in 2017. The major objection was the impact on tourism from the visibility of wind turbines offshore. But the turbines will be built as far offshore as practicable.

Offshore wind is estimated to create 9,700 direct and indirect jobs in design, manufacturing, construction and sales. The additional monthly cost for residential customers is only $1.40. Sales of renewable energy credits to electric suppliers and large energy users will benefit Maryland.

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The health of Maryland residents will be improved by investing in clean energy, rather than in coal or natural gas.

Gail Landy, Gaithersburg

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