Maryland’s Democratically controlled legislature passed Senate Bill 516 the Clean Energy Jobs Act. But the state’s Republican Governor, Larry Hogan declined to sign it, saying he wanted a plan that moves the state to 100% clean energy by 2040.
In allowing the new bill to move forward Maryland’s renewable energy standard moves to 50% in 2030. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) observed that the new law is the culmination of years of dedicated work from the Maryland State Legislature. The association said it will deliver affordable, clean energy to Marylanders and ensure the state’s offshore wind industry remains competitive.
However, Hogan thought the legislation did not go far enough. “Despite its name, this bill is not clean enough, nor smart enough, nor does it create the intended jobs within Maryland,” he wrote in a letter to Senate President Thomas Miller (D). “This legislation appears politically motivated—it mandates a broad and untargeted increase in the RPS that threatens to roll back our progress and send jobs and environmental benefits to other states.”
Hogan also said the bill, which he declined to veto, did not address certain land use issues. “And could impose serious damage on economically and environmentally sensitive areas and viewsheds. And, while Senate Bill 516 masquerades as a job-creating proposal, Maryland stands to lose out on far too many of those jobs to out-of-state companies,” he said.
As such Hogan announced that he plans to submit the Clean and Renewable Energy Standard (CARES) plan to the Maryland General Assembly on the first day of the 2020 legislative session. That plan will call for 100 percent clean electricity in the state by 2040.
“Our CARES plan aims to get us to zero carbon emissions, rather than just increasing the quotas for dirty energy and outdated technologies,” writes Governor Hogan. “It uses competition to get better results at a lower cost to ratepayers. Our CARES target is clear: 100% clean electricity by 2040. This better and bolder goal is what our state should be striving for as we continue to set an example for the rest of the nation.”
“AWEA applauds Gov. Hogan’s decision to allow the Clean Energy Jobs Act to take effect and for proposing new ideas to move Maryland’s clean energy economy forward,” said Andrew Gohn, Director, Eastern State Affairs, AWEA. “Leadership from the Governor and the Maryland General Assembly to expand the state’s RPS will drive new investments in the state’s clean energy resources, spur new jobs and opportunities for communities across the state, and secure infrastructure improvements vital to growing the state’s offshore wind industry.”Tweet