Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Tuesday signed into law a long-sought environmental initiative – a subsidy he hopes will lead to one of the nation’s first offshore wind farms.
The law allows Marylanders to be charged about $1.50 a month on their electricity bills to offset the higher cost of producing about 200 megawatts of wind energy. Ratepayers will only be charged if and when the windmills are constructed off the coast of Ocean City.
The moment was applauded by hundreds of environmentalists and was the most well-known of 152 bills that O’Malley signed into law Tuesday. At a State House news conference and signing ceremony, he and the legislature’s two top Democrats basked in the success of passing O’Malley’s entire agenda and much more in the 90-day session that ended late Monday.
The governor won high-profile victories on gun-control; a repeal of the death penalty and higher gas taxes for transportation projects. The Democrat-controlled legislature also approved his plan to expand early voting and to allow for same-day registration, and to expand training and employment opportunities for veterans.