ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland utilities would have to sign multi-decade contracts to buy offshore wind energy under a proposal Gov. Martin O’Malley could introduce as soon as Thursday.
A draft of O’Malley’s offshore wind bill, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, would require the state’s four utilities to sign fixed-price contracts of at least 20 years with offshore wind developers who are expected to build wind turbines a dozen miles off the coast of Ocean City.
The measure will likely cost Maryland ratepayers an additional $1.60 a month on their utility bills, said Malcolm Woolf, director of the Maryland Energy Administration.
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