7:25 p.m. EST, February 4, 2013
The O’Malley administration invited Maryland’s colleges and universities on Monday to bid for $2 million in grants to research issues around developing an offshore wind energy project off Ocean City.
The announcement by the Maryland Energy Administration and the Maryland Higher Education Commission comes on the eve of the first hearing in Annapolis on Gov. Martin O’Malley’s offshore wind legislation. The House Economic Matters Committee is scheduled to take up the governor’s bill, which would have the state’s residential electricity ratepayers pay up to $1.50 a month to subsidize a 200-megawatt wind project, estimated to cost $1 billion or more.