Fifteen years ago, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation designed to reduce per capita electricity consumption statewide. The design of the EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act was relatively simple. Using funds collected through a surcharge on utility bills, customers would be provided incentives to invest in more energy-efficient appliances and upgrades, like insulation and weatherization. In theory, everyone would win.
Maryland needs to overhaul its approach to energy conservation
March 7, 2023