Maryland Governor calls for more renewables
The state's Public Service Commission announced earlier this month that it was looking for parties interested in developing natural gas plants in return for the guaranteed contracts from Maryland's utility companies.
Governor O'Malley criticized the decision by the agency to limit its options to natural gas plants, given the potential for clean energy in the state, calling the move "not in the public's best interest." In addition, O'Malley suggested that allowing for utilities to own their own generation capacity would improve production capacity and increase investment in cleaner power plants.
"Having more participants in the [request for proposals] process will increase competition and could result in lower prices for Maryland ratepayers," O'Malley said in his statement.
Maryland has placed an increasing emphasis on renewable energy projects. The Washington Post reported last week that the state has called for the creation of a large biomass plant and The Gazette reports the state has seen a dramatic rise in solar capacity.