Maryland Overrides Veto of Clean Energy Jobs Act

By Editors of Power Engineering

Maryland lawmakers overrode Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill that would increase the use of renewable energy in the state.

The move reaffirms the Clean Energy Jobs Act, which will require the state source one quarter of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, the Baltimore Sun reported. That’s up from the prior requirement of 20 percent by 2022.

Supporters of the bill argued the requirement will help create high-paying jobs and reduce emissions, though Gov. Hogan and others argued the move will increase electricity prices in a way residents can’t afford. Nonpartisan legislative analysts estimated the bill could raise electricity costs by $0.48 to $1.45 per month.

Energy companies will have the option to buy renewable energy credits from other power producers.