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File #: 17-0025R    Version: 0 Name: Request for State Action - Approve Offshore Wind Farms in Maryland
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 5/8/2017 In control: City Council
On agenda: Final action: 5/8/2017
Enactment #:
Title: Request for State Action - Approve Offshore Wind Farms in Maryland For the purpose of urging the Maryland Public Service Commission to approve one or both proposals to build offshore wind projects in Maryland, creating a Maryland-based manufacturing hub for the wind industry that will bring significant economic benefits to the State and the City of Baltimore while also displacing polluting sources of energy and helping Maryland achieve its greenhouse gas reduction goals.
Sponsors: Sharon Green Middleton, President Young, Bill Henry, Eric T. Costello, Mary Pat Clarke, Shannon Sneed, Ryan Dorsey, Kristerfer Burnett, Brandon M. Scott, John T. Bullock, Leon F. Pinkett, III, Zeke Cohen, Robert Stokes, Sr., Edward Reisinger
Indexes: Request for State Action, Wind Farms in Maryland
Attachments: 1. 17-0025R~1st Reader
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
Introductory*

City of Baltimore
Council Bill R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmember Middleton



A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
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Request for State Action - Approve Offshore Wind Farms in Maryland
For the purpose of urging the Maryland Public Service Commission to approve one or both proposals to build offshore wind projects in Maryland, creating a Maryland-based manufacturing hub for the wind industry that will bring significant economic benefits to the State and the City of Baltimore while also displacing polluting sources of energy and helping Maryland achieve its greenhouse gas reduction goals.
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The Maryland Public Service Commission is reviewing two proposals to build offshore wind farm projects off Ocean City, Maryland. US Wind, Inc. plans to build a 748-megawatt offshore wind farm. Skipjack Offshore Wind, LLC, a subsidiary of Deepwater Wind Holdings, proposes a 120-megawatt project.

Both applicants have referenced Sparrows Point in Baltimore County as the site of a future assembly/manufacturing plant for their operations.
These proposals present Maryland, and Baltimore in particular, with the opportunity to become a hub for the still-nascent offshore wind industry. Industry experts advise that manufacturing incentives need to be coupled with a stable, long-term market in order to bring manufacturing facilities to the United States. A large commitment to offshore wind power would position the state to take advantage of this opportunity....

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