As a member of the Maryland Climate Coalition, we called for expanding and strengthening Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), which requires utilities to buy a certain percentage of renewable energy each year. We believe that committing to a 50% RPS by 2030 is a reachable and meaningful stepping stone to eventually achieving 100% clean energy in Maryland.
HB 1158/SB 516 - The Clean Energy Jobs Act is a priority bill for UULM-MD during the 2019 Session of the Maryland General Assembly. It provides for a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) of 50% renewable energy supply for electricity by 2030 and development of a plan for 100% RPS by 2050. The bill also removes subsidies for trash incineration and develops funding for minority, women, veteran training and businesses. Seeking funding opportunities to invest in job training will benefit economically distressed regions of the state and remove barriers for entry in the clean energy economy.
As Maryland’s renewable energy industry grows, we need to foster a more diverse workforce and to ensure that we are not increasing economic inequality. We will partner with government agencies, labor groups and clean energy stakeholders to examine the best funding opportunities to invest in job training, capital and loans to help minority-, veteran-, and women-owned businesses enter and grow within the renewable energy industry.
In 2004, Maryland adopted a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to require that electricity suppliers buy a share of their power from renewable sources, such as solar and wind. In 2009, Maryland enacted the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act (GGERA), one of the strongest plans to reduce greenhouse gases in the US. Originally, the clean renewable goal for electricity was 7.5% by 2019. That goal has since been raised several times and was increased to 25% by 2020 with the passage of the 2016 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act, SB 323/HB 610.
On Wednesday, May 22, Governor Hogan announced that he would allow the Clean Energy Jobs Act to become law without his signature.