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CA, MD Embracing Alternative Energy

11 Feb 2011  |   Damien Shirley

Tags: Clean Energy

Yesterday, Southern California Edison announced plans to purchase electricity from a yet-to-be-built 250-megawatt solar farm. SCE already has agreements with other solar providers for more than 850 megawatts.

Combined, SCE will generate more than a gigawatt from solar energy which is, as Grist points out, equivalent to the output of a single large nuclear power plant.

Meanwhile, Maryland Governor Martin O'Mally is proposing legislation to get his state's four utility companies to sign 20-year contracts with offshore wind developers, who are expected to construct turbines off the coast of Ocean City.

Maryland's Public Service Commission is hoping to negotiate the purchase of between 400 and 600 megawatts of power from those turbines. The director of the Maryland Energy Administration has said that, "[i]f all goes well, we're hoping to have wind turbines spinning in 2016."

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