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The Maryland Clean Energy Center was created in 2008 to encourage the transformation of the energy economy with programs that catalyze the growth of business, increase related “green collar” jobs, and make clean energy technologies, products and services affordable, accessible, and easy to implement for Maryland residents.
To view the MCEC Enabling Statute:
1%. That’s how much of Maryland’s statewide energy consumption comes from renewable sources today. More than 50% comes from coal-fired power and 25% from nuclear power. That adds up to some 36 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions streaming out into the skies above us every year.
Maryland has set a goal of reaching 20% of our power production from renewable sources by 2022 - a long way to go to grow those industries.
But a solution is all around us: the warm sun on a clear day at Inner Harbor. The winds that rush the slopes in Allegany County and fill the sails in Annapolis, the tides of the Chesapeake, and the Atlantic waves that crash ashore at Ocean City.
Renewable power sources equal energy and opportunity for Maryland: to help transform our energy economy while creating a cleaner and more sustainable future—and thousands of new jobs.
It will take a variety of solutions to close the power gap, and Maryland is making strategic investments for our future to achieve our goals and realize the economic opportunity from business growth and job creation in the clean energy sector.
Recognizing the need for a coordinated approach to building a strong clean energy economy in Maryland, state leaders passed legislation establishing the Maryland Clean Energy Center in 2008 as part of Governor O’Malley’s “Smart, Green, and Growing” Initiative.
The Maryland Clean Energy Center will transform the energy economy in the State of Maryland by dramatically increasing the number of clean energy related technical innovations, entrepreneurial businesses, jobs, and consumer adoption of products and services.
Board members are appointed by Gov. Martin O’Malley.