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Gov. Martin O’Malley’s bill to jump-start an offshore wind project has cleared its first hurdle: the House Economic Matters Committee.

The committee Friday voted 14-7 in favor of the legislation, which allows developers to charge residential customers up to $1.50 a month to cover the costs of a 200-megawatt wind farm off the coast of Ocean City.

The vote was not unexpected, as the committee has passed the bill in past sessions. This is the wind bill’s third time before the General Assembly.

The bill is also expected to pass the Senate Finance Committee, as six of the 11 committee members are co-sponsors of the measure, thanks to a shuffling of committee assignments.

The full House of Delegates likely will take up the bill Tuesday, House staff said.

hnunn@gazette.net