Maryland General Assembly passes Clean Energy Jobs Act

Posted at 10:34 PM, Apr 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-08 22:35:17-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Maryland General Assembly has passed the Clean Energy Jobs Act which will require 50% renewable electricity by 2030 and begin the push for 100% clean energy by 2040.

Both the House and Senate chambers provided veto-proof margins towards the bill with 95-40 in favor in the House and 31-15 in the Senate.

The hope is to get Maryland steps closer to changing the way electricity is used in the area. For example, making roof-top solar power and utility-scale solar common forms of generation in the coming years and eventually using ocean-based power.

“This bill now makes Maryland a true national leader in the fight against climate change and in favor of clean energy,” said Mike Tidwell, director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and CCAN Action Fund. “But great bills don’t happen without great leaders. Senator Brian Feldman and House Delegate Dereck Davis will be remembered forever as the true founders of a new energy paradigm in this state to create a prosperous, clean economy.”

The bill now makes its way to Governor Larry Hogan's desk for his signature.