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O’Malley deal with Exelon touted by wind energy backers in Maryland

The ink isn't yet dry on Gov. Martin O'Malley's deal with Exelon Corp. and Constellation Energy Group, but wind energy advocates are already hailing the accord as a boon for their cause. That's not surprising. They have 32 million reasons to do just that. "It means Maryland is one step closer to developing a home-grown manufacturing base for wind turbines and an overall economy that helps solve global warming," said Mike Tidwell, director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. The Constellation/Exelon merger deal negotiated by O'Malley will require Exelon to pay $30 million into an offshore wind energy development fund that would allow the state to pay some of the permitting costs for a wind farm in the waters off Ocean City. Another $2 million would be paid to Maryland colleges and universities to fund wind energy research.

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