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Maryland Moves Forward On Plans To Harness Offshore Wind Power

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In Maryland, plans to harness offshore wind are moving forward.

The federal Department of the Interior has announced a proposed "notice of sale" for nearly 80,000 acres for offshore wind development about 10 miles off the coast of Ocean City.

The proposed notice of sale for commercial leasing triggers a 60-day comment period which could be followed closely by the actual leasing auction of the site.

The proposed Maryland site is the third of its kind in the nation.

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, pushed for legislation to create a framework to develop offshore wind that was approved in the last legislative session.

In September, there was an auction of 112-thousand acres off Virginia which was won by Dominion power.

The first successful auction of an offshore wind site happened this summer for 164,000 acres off the Rhode Island and Massachusetts coasts.

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