A bill that could have made Maryland the first state to install wind turbines off its coast died in the Senate Finance Committee during this year's General Assembly.
The legislation would have increased power bills for families in the state by a maximum of $1.50 a month, or 1.5 percent of the bill for commercial and industrial users.
Wind legislation was a priority for Governor Martin O'Malley, who argued the industry would create thousands of local jobs and garner $8.7 million in revenue for the state over a five-year span.
But many lawmakers were hesitant to increase energy bills in a struggling economy. Opponents of the legislation also cited the heavy cost of breaking into the offshore wind industry.
What do you think? Do you wish the General Assembly had passed this bill?
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