A bill championed by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley could form the foundation for a thriving offshore wind industry along the Atlantic seaboard, observers said. The bill, which would support the development of a 211-megawatt offshore wind farm and require utilities to buy offshore wind power by 2017, is expected to bring in 850 construction jobs and 160 permanent jobs. "You have to start with initial steps, sometimes small steps, and that's what this Maryland bill is," said Mike Tidwell, director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.
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