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Similar projects are in development in New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Texas, and roughly eight developers proposed to lease lots in federal waters and in Delaware, where last year NRG Bluewater Wind began negotiating a lease with the federal government for an offshore farm.

Jim Lanard, president of the District-based Offshore Wind Development Coalition, said there is still time for Maryland to act and that legislators should take a measured approach.

“I think that the governor has taken a very deliberate, careful process to get answers,” Mr. Lanard said. “Maryland has definitely not missed the boat. They’re a little bit behind but can catch up quickly.”