Renewable Energy and the 2012 Maryland General Assembly
The issue paper on Offshore Wind is detailed and even includes information about offshore wind generation in other countries and states, with a detailed discussion of New Jersey’s Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credit (OREC) plan.
There are many public sources of information on this topic including Wind Works for Maryland at http://www.marylandoffshorewind.org/, the Maryland League of Conservation Voters at http://www.marylandconservation.org/issues/offshorewindpowergoodjobscleanenergy and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network at http://www.chesapeakeclimate.org/campaigns/maryland/maryland-offshore-wind. The last link includes an additional list of information resources.
The issue paper on renewable energy discusses:
• Efforts to reach the renewable energy and energy efficiency goals under the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) and the EmPower Maryland Program.
• Maryland Energy Administration’s (MEA) clean energy grant and loan programs, which have experienced a reduction in funding
• Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)
• Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative, established by executive order in June 2011
Analysts say legislation addressing long-term contracts for SRECs and sustainable energy utilities considered last session may be reintroduced.
So stay alert and informed. It’s bound to be an interesting ride.
by Elvia Thompson