New Maryland state law establishes 2030 deadline for 50% renewable energy generation

first_imgNew Maryland state law establishes 2030 deadline for 50% renewable energy generation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Washington Post:Maryland must get 50 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar by 2030 under a bill that will become law without Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature.Only the District and nine states, including California, New Jersey and Hawaii, have renewable standards at 50 percent or higher, according to the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. The Maryland bill allows subsidies for producers of green energy, including some that generate pollutants, like trash incinerators and paper mills.Hogan (R) announced Wednesday that he would allow the legislation to move forward “despite serious concerns” over the cost of the bill and whether it will preserve jobs in the state and have the impact legislators are expecting. While rejecting the General Assembly’s effort, Hogan said he remains committed to addressing climate change. He pledged to push legislation next year for 100 percent clean energy by 2040.In 2016, the governor vetoed a bill that required Maryland to get 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, citing concern over increased electricity rates for taxpayers. The Democratic-controlled legislature, which has a veto-proof majority in both chambers, overrode the veto.The governor said he will propose a bill next session that aims to “get us to zero carbon emissions, rather than just increasing the quotas for dirty energy and outdated technologies.” Sen. Brian J. Feldman (D-Montgomery), the sponsor of this year’s bill, said he “appreciates that he has ideas about a bill for next year, but it would have been nice to share them with the General Assembly this year during the legislative session.”More: Half of Maryland’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030last_img

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