Maryland passes the POWER Act to expand offshore wind

On April 10th, Maryland lawmakers passed legislation to set a goal of 8.5 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2031.

Offshore Wind Rally in Annapolis
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Del. Lorig Charkoudian, Maryland PIRG Director Emily Scarr, Maryland LCV Director Kim Coble, and climate activists rally outside the Statehouse for Offshore wind.

On the last day of the state’s regular legislative session, Maryland lawmakers passed the POWER Act, which sets a state goal of getting 8.5 gigawatts of power from offshore wind by 2031. The bill also includes language to facilitate the construction of the transmission lines needed to bring that much power onshore.

“Going big on offshore wind will save ratepayers money and reduce pollution that harms our health and our climate,” said Emily Scarr, the state director of the Maryland PIRG.

Maryland has four offshore wind projects approved that are scheduled to create a combined power capacity of more than  2 gigawatts by 2026, enough to power 600,000 average Maryland homes.

Gov. Moore is expected to sign the bill into law.

 

 

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