MD Senate Committee conflicted over cost of wind energy
"A large number of us on the committee were very concerned that the governor was willing to place this burden on the back of the Maryland ratepayers," Kittleman told WMAL.
"Why don't we wait for five years to see if the prices will come down, and then we can enter into a long-term contract if necessary."
March 22, 2011
by Amanda Gaines
in 630 WMAL News
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The state Senate finance committee is divided over Governor Martin O'Malley's offshore wind energy plan, with some saying wind turbines are the best option for Marylanders and others calling the act too big of a financial drain.
The governor's Offshore Wind Energy Act calls for the construction of about 120 wind turbines miles off the coast of the Eastern Shore. The state would set up a contract and figure out the cost for taxpayers that would be locked in for the next 20 or 25 years.
Subsidizing building costs for a 500-[mega]watt wind farm would add between about 92... [continue via Web link]