Wind and solar energy companies, along with environmentalists launch a new campaign to urge officials to change the energy mandate, requiring 50 percent of Maryland’s electricity to come from renewable sources. The campaign promises reduced pollution and more clean energy jobs for Marylanders.
The policy requires utilities buy enough renewable energy certificates equivalent to a set percentage of their electricity supply or pay a penalty. Each certificate represents 1 megawatt-hour of electricity generated from renewable energy source.
According to the state Public Service Commission, Maryland electricity ratepayers paid more than $125 million for the renewable energy certificates in 2015.
Wind and solar currently powers 117,000 residents in Baltimore. The 50 percent clean energy would be equivalent to taking more than 1.5 million vehicles off the road.
The last proposal to increase the state’s use of renewable energy was vetoed by Gov. Larry Hogan. He said the proposal would increase resident’s electric bills.