Maryland Passes Clean Energy Jobs Act
The Senate and House of Delegates in Maryland voted to pass the Clean Energy Jobs Act this week. This act was vetoed by Governor Larry Hogan in May of 2016 because he believed that it was a “tax on the consumer.” With the passing of the Clean Energy Jobs Act, Maryland’s renewable portfolio standard has been raised to 25% by 2020. This is a 5% increase from the previous standard and means that by 2020 25% of Maryland’s energy will come from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power.
“Making the Clean Energy Jobs act law is the right decision for Maryland. Renewable energy legislation is pro-growth, pro-business, and means access to more jobs in Maryland,” said AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan to Wind Power Monthly.
The Clean Energy Act also impacts the citizens of Maryland in other ways. The 25% renewable energy standard is expected to create around 4,600 job that range from engineers to operators. By switching to renewable energy the need for fossil fuels will decrease which helps improve health and cuts down on medical costs.
According to the American Wind Energy Association, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Rhode Island and Oregon have taken similar measures to raise their renewable portfolio standards.
Source: Wind Power Monthly