Maryland Senate passes 25% RPS in clean energy jobs bill

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive.

Dive Brief:

  • Maryland senators yesterday voted 31-14 to expand the state's renewable energy goals, boosting targets solar and wind targets to 25% by 2020.
  • The higher goals would would make Maryland's renewable target the sixth highest nationally, behind Vermont, California, Hawaii, New York, and Connecticut.
  • Though lawmakers in the House approved the measure last month, both chambers will need to take final votes to reconcile differences between bill versions before the measure heads to the desk of Gov. Larry Hogan (R). The governor has not taken a public stance on the bill.