FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2013
Governor O’Malley Signs Offshore Wind Bill into Law
Maryland Offshore Wind Coalition has worked diligently for three years to bring offshore wind to Maryland
ANNAPOLIS – Today, Governor Martin O’Malley, will sign the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013, into law. This new law will help Maryland set up a market-driven process to incentivize the construction of approximately 40 ocean-based wind turbines capable of producing enough electricity to power a third of the homes on the Eastern Shore.
The state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requires that 20% of the state’s electricity needs be met by renewable energy sources by the year 2022 and the passage of this bill will help Maryland meet its needs. Because of the legislators that voted for this bill, Maryland can now begin tapping into the tremendous energy of the wind blowing off our Atlantic coast. “Offshore wind power has the ability to supply up to one third of the Mid-Atlantic’s electricity load with zero emissions while creating thousands of jobs and locking in stable rates. This is not only a win for renewable wind energy but for Marylanders across the state,” says Coalition Coordinator, Larissa Johnson.
The Maryland Offshore Wind Coalition has worked tirelessly for three years to bring offshore wind to Maryland and today they will support the Governor as he signs the bill into law at 10:30 am in the Governor’s Reception room. Coalition members will then be attending a celebratory reception from 11:15 am – 12:45 pm at the League of Conservation Voters Office, 86 Maryland Ave in Annapolis. All are welcome to attend as we commemorate this monumental win for offshore wind and the future of our state.