Polluters Making a Mockery of Maryland’s Commitment to Clean Energy

Why is Maryland’s clean energy law subsidizing wealthy out-of-state corporate polluters? One puzzling question in Maryland climate policy is why lawmakers insist that residents and businesses subsidize the burning of black liquor at out-of-state paper mills through their utility bills. Under Maryland’s renewable energy program, residents and businesses pay extra for electricity so that a portion of it comes from renewable energy. At least, that is the idea behind our renewable portfolio standard, which requires utilities to buy renewable energy credits from eligible facilities. But many of those credits don’t come from clean sources like wind and solar. (Md. Matters)

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