After three previous attempts, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan to support construction of an offshore wind project cleared the state legislature, but a slew of regulatory, political and financial challenges remain before the first offshore wind turbine can be built. If all goes according to plan, construction may begin in four to seven years from now, experts said. "We have a lot more work to do," said Abigail Ross Hopper, the governor's energy adviser and acting director of the Maryland Energy Administration.

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