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O’Malley pushes wind in final days of session

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O’Malley is working to wrest free his offshore wind bill from a pair legislative panels in the final days of the 2011 session.

The governor’s proposal to mandate that state utilities buy wind energy generated by turbines planned for construction 12 miles off the coast of Ocean City has run into concerns from lawmakers that it would cost ratepayers too much money.

O’Malley’s energy team — including the heads of the Public Service Commission and the Maryland Energy Administration — took questions from members of the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday.

Lawmakers are five days from the end of session, with many of the governor’s top priorities — including the wind bill — still awaiting decisions.