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Efforts by Ocean City to push two offshore wind projects farther off the coastline have failed in Annapolis.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a House panel essentially killed the legislative bid by offering up an unfavorable report.

The Maryland Climate Change Coalition issued a statement praising the decision saying that it will mean not only a clean environment but jobs and stable electricity rates.

The measure would have pushed the turbines out to 26 miles.

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The Ocean City Town Council voted unanimously last night to reject the construction of offshore turbines where they could be seen along its 10 mile coast line

Mayor Rick Meehan told the council, “Let’s not go build something we’re all going to regret.”

The resort officials said they would support a project that was 26 miles out that could not been seen from the shore.

But Skipjack Offshore Energy LLC is looking to build 15 turbines off the Maryland coastline.

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A workshop for potential offshore wind energy is scheduled for Lewes next Tuesday.

It’s being sponsored by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the state’s Offshore Wind Working Group.

During the public workshop to be held at the Lewes Public Library representatives from the U.S. Wind and Deepwater Wind companies layout possible projects for Delaware and their economic benefit to the region.

WBOC reports that the Offshore Wind Working Group began meeting in October and must provide a report to the governor by December 15th.

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Wind turbines off the Maryland coast just got a boost.

The Maryland Public Service Commission has awarded renewable energy credits for two projects that will be built in the waters just off the Ocean City.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the decision will allow U.S. Wind and Skipjack Offshore Energy to begin construction of the turbines.   

It is expected to produce 368 megawatts of power.

The projects are expected to generate nearly $2 billion in spending for Maryland creating nearly 97-hundred jobs over the next 20 years.