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Maryland Religious Leaders Support Offshore Wind

02/13/12 10:22 AM ET  AP

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Religious leaders in Prince George's County are calling on Maryland lawmakers to support offshore wind power development.

A group of 30 religious leaders says it plans to deliver a letter to the county's delegation supporting off-shore wind legislation. The group, which plans to release the letter on Monday, says it is supporting offshore wind because of the toll pollution from coal-fired power plants is having on the health of county communities.

Offshore wind is a key piece of Gov. Martin O'Malley's legislative agenda this session.

A bill that would have required utilities to enter into long-term wind power contracts failed last year over concerns about the costs to customers. This year, the governor is proposing legislation similar to a New Jersey law that sets requirements, but doesn't require long-term contracts.

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