Opponents had argued that his initial plan last year would have electricity customers bear the burden of subsidizing off-shore wind development. Another factor the Post mentions that marred the plan at the time was that O'Malley's former chief of staff, Michael R. Enright, was affiliated with a company that would benefit from off-shore wind development. (Enright's company is no longer involved with that plan).
The proposal is based off of one that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed in 2010. The new Maryland plan would aim to restrict a rate increase on consumers to $2 per month. Wholesalers would be required to buy almost three percent of their energy from wind farms starting in 2017.
Democratic Sen. Thomas M. Middleton, chair of the Maryland Senate Finance Committee alluded in the Post and Sun articles that the bill could have an easier time getting out of committee this year.