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Maryland wind power advocates hope to tap into the $10 billion industry.
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Maryland wind power advocates hope to tap into the $10 billion industry.

The General Assembly is currently considering a bill that would allow for offshore wind turbines. The proposal is a priority for governor Martin O'Malley, and two cabinet level agencies commissioned a study on how attractive the state would be to potential wind power developers. 

Nick Abstass of Kinetik Partners, which did the study, says having such a large facility like the Port of Baltimore can help Maryland tap into the potential $10 billion industry.

"The combination and proximity of Maryland's steel production capabilities, deepwater access, and open land which can be used for assembly and operations is unrivaled on the Eastern seaboard," says Abstass. "This advantage can be especially acute as the offshore wind industry moves to larger and larger turbines."

Opponents of O'Malley's bill worry about the cost to consumers.  The bill caps any potential cost increase on monthly bills at $2.

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