On March 8, the Maryland State Senate approved, by a 30-15 vote, H.B. 226, a bill that would create a carve-out for offshore wind energy in the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS), which already requires utilities to obtain 20 percent electricity from renewable sources by 2022. Under the Senate-passed bill, offshore wind could not exceed 2.5 percent of the state’s annual electricity sales. The measure must still pass the House.