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Our Message for 2015 and Beyond: Prioritize Resources to Achieve Maryland's Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy and Carbon Emission Reduction Goals.

A 2006 study by the International Center for Sustainable Development concluded that Maryland has the potential to transform its energy economy through clean energy.

  • Untapped renewable energy resources in the state could satisfy over 100% of the state’s energy needs
  • With investment in MCEC, we can generate 144,000 new jobs, $5.7 billion in new wages, and $16 billion in additional gross state product by 2026
  • 100,000 of those green collar jobs can be created by 2015

We provide a cohesive voice for the needs of businesses and consumers who care about clean energy.

Maryland leaders have adopted a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) goal of 20% power from renewable sources by the year 2020. Solar, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal, and Hydrologic sources for production are being tapped to achieve this goal. But current progress toward this target is just 2%.

But to reap these future economic benefits from clean energy requires investment now, and MCEC has been created to convene clean energy stakeholders and back the growth of this promising sector.

ADVOCACY RESULTS IN THE 2015 MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY: 

The 2015 General Assembly concluded its work April 13, 2015 with mixed results for clean energy legislation. The Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) supported the following bills, which are listed in numerical order by their Senate Bill (SB) numbers. In most cases the companion House bill (HB) is linked next to the Senate bill listing.

If there was no Senate bill, the House bills supported by the Clean Energy Center follow. Please note below the bills MCEC supported but WITH AMENDMENTS.

MCEC supported:

House Bill #         Senate Bill #       Bill Title

HB449SB409  Environment - Hydraulic Fracturing - Protect Our Health and Communities

SB509  Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority - Purpose, Appointments, and Compensation

SB938  Public Service Commission - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - Land-Based Wind Generating Stations in Kent County

HB1087 / SB481  Electricity - Community Solar Energy Generating System Program

SB398  Public Service Commission - Community Solar Projects or Virtual Net Energy Metering - Study

SB899  Offshore Wind - Application for Proposed Project - Evaluation and Approval

SB826  Energy Efficiency Programs - Transferring Development to the Maryland Energy Administration

HB458  Environment - Exploration and Production Waste and Waste From Hydraulic Fracturing

HB235   Vehicle Laws - Manufacturers and Distributors - Sale of Electric or Nonfossil-Fuel Burning Vehicles

SB714    Maryland Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council - Reporting and Sunset Extension

HB514   SB258    Maryland Commission on Climate Change

HB323   SB262    Maryland Building Performance Standards - Energy Codes - Local Authority

HB611   SB747    Public Utilities - Electric Companies - Vegetation Management

HB933   Energy Efficiency and Demand Management Programs and Services - Repeal

SB353    Electric Companies - Installation of Solar Electric Generating Facility - New Interconnection Agreement

HB336   Procurement - State Funds - Energy Efficient Outdoor Lighting Fixtures

SB682    Electric Vehicles - Use of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes - Reciprocity With Virginia

SB712    Natural Gas Severance Tax and Impact Account

HB516   SB9    Gas and Electricity - Smart Meters - Customer Rights and Required Reports

HB508    Gas and Electricity - Analog Meters - Purchase and Installation

SB760    Public Utilities - Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard - Combustion Source

HB656    Electricity - Energy Storage - Fuel Cells (Stored Energy and Power (StEP) Act)

HB378    Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard - Qualifying Biomass

HB636   SB154  Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard - Thermal Energy

SB29   Environment - Hydraulic Fracturing - Prohibitions

HB377   SB373    Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard - Revisions (Maryland Clean Energy Advancement Act of 2015)

SB382   Electric Companies - Customer Choice of Electricity Supplier - Smart Meters

HB376  Electric Companies - Vegetation Management - Local Law, Rule, or Regulation

ONGOING LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY

We will push for increased state funding and support to grow clean energy through the following mechanisms:

  • Clean Energy Business Development Fund to assist companies that grow out of incubators, need help to expand within Maryland, or are attracted to come to the state.
    • Proof of Concept Fund
    • Market & Feasibility Study Fund
    • Clean Energy Venture Fund
  • Clean Energy Enterprise Zones where incentives can be created to encourage business development in targeted areas.
  • Federal Facility Partnerships to leverage the requirement for federal facilities and military bases to provide 25% of their power from on-site renewable sources by 2025. MCEC will develop public/private partnerships to advance clean energy economic development
  • Funding to expand the Maryland Clean Energy Technology Incubator Network