Thanks to Mid­dle­ton, Jame­son for wind en­ergy ef­forts

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

As of May 11, Maryland is now the na­tional leader in off­shore wind en­ergy. On that date, the Maryland Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion ap­proved plans for two off­shore wind projects — the largest off­shore re­new­able en­ergy com­mit­ment in the na­tion. This is an im­por­tant mile­stone for a vi­sion that be­gan years ago with the pas­sage of the Maryland Off­shore Wind En­ergy Act of 2013.

There are many he­roes of this ef­fort, but I would be re­miss if not to take a mo­ment to high­light the lead­er­ship of Sen. Thomas “Mac” Mid­dle­ton (D-Charles) and Del. Sally Y. Jame­son (D-Charles). Se­na­tor Mid­dle­ton’s long-stand­ing sup­port of off­shore wind as chair­man of the Se­nate Fi­nance Com­mit­tee and equal com­mit­ment from Del­e­gate Jame­son, as vice chair­woman of the Eco­nomic Mat­ters Com­mit­tee, helped keep Maryland

on track to host the na­tion’s first large-scale off­shore wind project.

Thanks to Se­na­tor Mid­dle­ton, Del­e­gate Jame­son and their col­leagues, Mary­lan­ders stand to reap the re­new­able and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment re­wards of be­ing a “first-mover.” Now that we have planted the off­shore wind flag in Maryland, global sup­ply chain com­pa­nies are mak­ing plans to lo­cate man­u­fac­tur­ing and fab­ri­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties within the State. These fa­cil­i­ties will cre­ate thou­sands of well-pay­ing jobs and spur mil­lions of dol­lars of eco­nomic in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture up­grades for the re­gion.

And, by in­ject­ing 250 megawatts of clean en­ergy into our power grid, we may fi­nally be able to re­duce the hid­den “con­ges­tion fees” charged to ratepay­ers across Maryland be­cause the grid is out of bal­ance. In short, off­shore wind is good for Maryland’s econ­omy, its work­force, its ratepayer and our en­vi­ron­ment.

Thank you Se­na­tor Mid­dle­ton and Del­e­gate Jame­son for your stead­fast lead­er­ship to get us to this mo­ment.

Paul Rich, Hunt Valley

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