Advocacy in Annapolis
Our Message for 2015 and Beyond: Prioritize Resources to Achieve Maryland's Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy and Carbon Emission Reduction Goals.
A 2006 study by the International Center for Sustainable Development concluded that Maryland has the potential to transform its energy economy through clean energy.
- Untapped renewable energy resources in the state could satisfy over 100% of the state’s energy needs
- With investment in MCEC, we can generate 144,000 new jobs, $5.7 billion in new wages, and $16 billion in additional gross state product by 2026
- 100,000 of those green collar jobs can be created by 2015
We provide a cohesive voice for the needs of businesses and consumers who care about clean energy.
Maryland leaders have adopted a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) goal of 20% power from renewable sources by the year 2020. Solar, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal, and Hydrologic sources for production are being tapped to achieve this goal. But current progress toward this target is just 2%.
But to reap these future economic benefits from clean energy requires investment now, and MCEC has been created to convene clean energy stakeholders and back the growth of this promising sector.
ADVOCACY RESULTS IN THE 2015 MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY:
The 2015 General Assembly concluded its work April 13, 2015 with mixed results for clean energy legislation. The Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) supported the following bills, which are listed in numerical order by their Senate Bill (SB) numbers. In most cases the companion House bill (HB) is linked next to the Senate bill listing.
If there was no Senate bill, the House bills supported by the Clean Energy Center follow. Please note below the bills MCEC supported but WITH AMENDMENTS.
House Bill # Senate Bill # Bill Title
ONGOING LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY
We will push for increased state funding and support to grow clean energy through the following mechanisms:
- Clean Energy Business Development Fund to assist companies that grow out of incubators, need help to expand within Maryland, or are attracted to come to the state.
- Proof of Concept Fund
- Market & Feasibility Study Fund
- Clean Energy Venture Fund
- Clean Energy Enterprise Zones where incentives can be created to encourage business development in targeted areas.
- Federal Facility Partnerships to leverage the requirement for federal facilities and military bases to provide 25% of their power from on-site renewable sources by 2025. MCEC will develop public/private partnerships to advance clean energy economic development
- Funding to expand the Maryland Clean Energy Technology Incubator Network