Maryland LCV Statement on Governor Moore’s Offshore Wind Announcement
Annapolis MD – In his remarks at the Business Network for Offshore Wind international forum on Wednesday in Baltimore, Gov. Wes Moore shared his administration’s offshore wind goal of 8.5 gigawatts of power from turbines off the state’s coast. His spokesperson added that Gov. Moore plans to sign the POWER Act, which would target the 8.5 gigawatt goal to be realized by 2031, if the General Assembly passes it.
Kim Coble, the Executive Director of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, issued the following response to Governor Moore’s announcement:
“Offshore wind represents one of the most reliable renewable energy sources we have in Maryland. To reach 100 percent clean energy by 2035 and to successfully implement the Climate Solutions Now Act, the state’s landmark climate legislation, Maryland will need to bring more wind online as part of our energy mix. The Promoting Offshore Wind Energy Resources (POWER) Act takes a full look at what this will take, with provisions to plan for transmission, procurement, and generation. Doing this will save ratepayers in the long run, with additional benefits from job creation and health benefits from cleaner air.
“Maryland LCV applauds Gov. Moore’s leadership on offshore wind and his consistent support for positioning the state as a national leader in clean energy solutions. We urge the Maryland General Assembly to pass the POWER Act to help Maryland meet its climate goals.”