As Maryland’s population grows, so do its energy requirements. Ensuring that Marylanders have enough available power to suit their needs remains a top priority, but we cannot ignore the environment as we do our best to achieve that goal. To that end, Governor Martin O’Malley has pushed to accelerate four main energy objectives:
The EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act of 2008 sets targets to reduce both per capita energy consumption and per capita peak demand by 15 percent by the end of 2015 (based on a 2007 baseline). Between 2009 and 2010, the MEA estimates that 64,000 MWh were saved through MEA programs to help reach that target.
For more on how Governor O'Malley plans to reduce per capita electricity consumption in Maryland by 15% by 2015, visit Maryland StateStat.
Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requires that 20 percent of Maryland’s Electricity be generated from renewable energy sources by 2022, including 2 percent from solar energy. In order to achieve that goal, Governor O’Malley signed RPS – Solar Energy (SB 277) into law. This bill, which was a part of Governor O’Malley’s 2010 Energy Agenda, increases the percentage requirements of the RPS that must be purchased from Tier 1 solar energy sources each year between 2011 and 2017. This will result in more residential and commercial solar installations in those years.
For more on how Governor O'Malley plans to increase Maryland’s renewable energy portfolio to 20% RPS by 2022, visit Maryland StateStat.
The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act of 2009 requires Maryland to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020, relative to 2006 levels. Maryland is one of 10 states currently participating in the Regional Green House Gas Initiative (RGGI), a multi-state cap-and-trade program meant to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from electricity generating plants. RGGI is designed to reduce CO2, a greenhouse gas, from the State's electricity generators by roughly 10 percent from current levels by 2019.
For more on how Governor O'Malley plans to reduce Maryland's greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2020, visit Maryland StateStat.
In 2009, Governor O’Malley announced his Smart, Green, and Growing legislative agenda, which set a target to create 100,000 new green jobs in Maryland by 2015. As Marylanders take advantage of more opportunities to “go green,” numerous jobs, such as solar installation positions and energy efficiency auditors, have been created, all of which are leading the state toward accomplishing this goal.
For more on how Governor O'Malley plans to recover 100% of jobs lost due to the Great Recession by the end of FY2014, visit Maryland StateStat.