By Baltimore Business Journal

Marylanders would be willing to pay slightly more for electricity if a greater share of their power came from local offshore wind generation, according to a poll.

Sixty-two percent of voters in Greater Baltimore said they would be willing to pay $2 more per month on electricity bills if a greater percentage of power came from wind farms off Marylandâ¿¿s Atlantic coast. A coalition of environmental groups paid Gonzales Research and Marketing Strategies to conduct the poll.

High cost has been a criticism of offshore wind. Gov. Martin Oâ¿¿Malley made a push in 2010 for exploration of offshore wind in Maryland and continues to lobby in favor of the idea.

According to the poll, 55 percent of Eastern Shore and Southern Maryland voters supported paying more for offshore wind, while 75 percent of voters in Baltimore City supported it.

Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Environment Maryland, the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, National Wildlife Federation and the Sierra Club Maryland Chapter funded the poll.

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