O’Malley wind-power bill gets Senate blow back

The O’Malley administration’s proposal to build off-shore wind turbines to generate electricity faced strong headwinds in the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday. Senators spent almost 2½ hours grilling administration officials about the annual cost to consumers to finance the project and the plan to force utilities to buy the power through a 25-year contract. In his testimony on the bill, the governor himself got similar blow-back from delegates at a ... Full Story »

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Gin Ferrara
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by Gin Ferrara - Mar. 17, 2011

This report addresses the legislator's concerns about wind power, and offers some valuable facts about costs to the consumer. It would be helpful to know more about land-based wind turbines and how much less power they generate. I appreciate that Lazarick pointed out "en. E.J. Pipkin, R-Upper Shore, who continues to back re-regulation of the utility industry" - knowing the lawmakers positions helps the readers understand more of their actions and motivations.

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Raymond Alonzo Durante
4.3
by Raymond Alonzo Durante - Apr. 11, 2011

This article by Mr. Lazarick was written very well and showed that he was very enthusiastic about the wind mills as well. In the article he used many outstanding quotes that battled all different sides of the situation. The quotes are so good because they are not just pushed in to the article to fill up space, they were placed throughout the article in a well thought of process. Overall i thought this was a very good article.

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Ebony Owens
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by Ebony Owens - Mar. 17, 2011

This is good journalism because it discusses how Maryland is addressing acquiring energy resources, a topic that is increasing in relevance, while presenting both sides of the issue equitably. The article presents the Governor O’Malley’s position of working toward the goal of making 20% of Maryland energy reproduced by renewable resources and the support he has for this bill. It also presents the bill’s limitations by including the objections from state senators and representatives. The article also mentions that business organizations do not support the bill. No one side was emphasized in the article and the journalist did not offer any personal opinions. This left the reader free to draw their own conclusions. With ... More »

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