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Gov. Martin O'Malley, D-Md., delivered the keynote address at the Maryland Association of Counties' annual summer conference in Ocean City, Md., where he outlined plans to secure the state's energy future through state and local partnerships, investment in renewable energy and technology to reduce consumption.

"We believe that Maryland can be the national leader in renewable energy, and we will move toward making our state the first in the nation to use its market power to jumpstart large scale, commercial renewable energy projects," says O'Malley.

During his speech, O'Malley outlined the challenges Maryland faces and a number of proposals to move Maryland toward a more secure, stable and sustainable energy future.

The proposals include offering long-term contracts for renewable power to accelerate the arrival of more commercial-scale projects like Delaware's offshore wind farm, and partnering with metropolitan, county and municipal governments to develop smaller-scale peaking plants to bring new plants online as soon as possible.

O'Malley acknowledges that there is no single idea or technology that alone can lead to a more stable and sustainable energy future.

"The complexity of our current challenge demands that we pursue a number of different paths, which we hope will converge on the horizon of possibilities with other paths being pursued in science, technology, chemistry and physics - here and around the world," he says.

SOURCE: Maryland Association of Counties

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