- Associated Press - Friday, January 14, 2011

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The president of a coalition of wind developers is citing nine indications of interest from eight parties for projects off Maryland’s coast as a positive sign that interest in wind power is growing.

Jim Lanard, president of the Offshore Wind Development Coalition, said Friday the response in Maryland demonstrates developers are approaching the interest needed for supply chain manufactureres to commit to building facilities to meet demand once proposed offshore wind farms receive federal and state approval.

Gov. Martin O’Malley plans to introduce legislation this year that would require utilities to enter into long-term contracts for offshore wind power.

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