With another General Assembly session looming, and likely another battle over proposed offshore wind farms off the coast of Ocean City, Gov. Martin O’Malley last week appealed to a higher authority for support for his proposed alternative energy agenda.
In each of the last three years, O’Malley has pushed legislation aimed at fostering the development of offshore wind farms off the coast of Ocean City in order to meet Maryland’s long-term energy diversification goals and each year the bill has not been approved for a variety of reasons. Last year, the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2012 was passed by the House by an 88-47 vote, but never came to a vote in the Senate.
O’Malley has already said he will introduce similar legislation in the upcoming 2013 General Assembly session and battle lines are already being drawn on both sides of the aisle. In advance of the 2013 session, O’Malley is already attempting to line up support from some heavyweights. In a letter to President Obama last week outlining Maryland’s commitment to addressing global warming and climate change, O’Malley took the opportunity to make a plug for continued federal support for the state’s budding offshore wind energy program.