Maryland lawmakers stand up for clean energy

The Maryland General Assembly voted to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act today. That means more jobs, economic development and clean energy for Maryland families and businesses.

State Sens. Brian Feldman and Catherine Pugh, along with Del. William Frick, were instrumental in pushing the measure through successfully.

In April of last year, the state’s lawmakers voted to increase Maryland’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 25 percent by 2020. Today’s actions mean that target now becomes law.

The Clean Energy Jobs Act is appropriately named. Today, wind energy supports over 100,000 well-paying jobs, and by 2030 there could be 380,000 wind power positions.

“Clean energy creates jobs,” said Cheryl Glenn, a delegate from Baltimore.

By choosing to raise its RPS, Maryland is using a policy with a long track record of success. Researchers from top national laboratories have found that renewable energy projects built to help states meet RPS targets resulted in billions of dollars in economic and environmental savings, while creating over 200,000 jobs.

Wind power will play an important role in helping Maryland hit its clean renewable energy target, and has already provided the state with an economic boost. The state’s landowners already receive up to $1 million in lease payments every year for hosting turbines, and wind has attracted $380 million of private investment into the state’s economy.

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