Climate Clips: Federal, state officials sign memorandum to boost wind power

Maryland and federal officials signed an agreement Friday pledging cooperation as they move forward on planning for off-shore wind power projects. The five-page memorandum of understanding will help expand the “green and growing” economic agenda of the Biden-Harris administration, Gov. Wes Moore said at the signing. He said it will also help the state meet its ambitious clean energy targets, which include a goal of 100% clean electricity by 2035.

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