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Md. House delays debate on offshore wind measure

Tuesday - 2/19/2013, 3:42pm  ET

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Maryland House of Delegates has postponed debate on amendments to an offshore wind measure that would require utilities to buy renewable energy credits.

The bill would also limit rate increases for residential customers to $1.50 a month and for businesses to 1.5 percent per month.

House members were scheduled to take up the bill Tuesday, but the debate was postponed until Wednesday.

The House passed a similar offshore wind bill set in place last year by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, but the measure failed to make it out of the Senate Finance Committee.

There are currently no offshore wind farms in the United States, although several are in development.

O'Malley, a Democrat, has made the offshore wind measure a key priority this legislative session.

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