The 446th Legislative Session of the Maryland General Assembly was successful, with Maryland's 188 State Representatives celebrating Sine Die. They introduced and reviewed nearly 3,500 pieces of legislation, including the budget bills. The focus was on supporting the administration through challenging budget restraints, addressing transportation funding, and implementing policies of the Department of Juvenile Services, state attorneys, and law enforcement. Additionally, measures were taken to support the environment and mitigate climate change.

MCEC staff monitored 87 pieces of legislation (50 cross-files) relevant to our mission and the adoption of clean energy products, services, and technologies.  Thirty-five energy-related bills passed their chamber of origination, the opposing chamber, were returned passed and presented to the Governor for his signature. 73 failed due to sponsor withdrawal, unfavorable reports by the assigned committee, or remaining in the assigned committee.  Nine cross-filed bills that failed were companions to legislation that passed.

The passing of SB0528 - Climate Solutions Now Act (CSNA) of 2022 required numerous reports to be presented to the legislature by the end of 2023.  These reports influenced assembly members to introduce legislation addressing climate mitigation solutions to meet the State's ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals.  The Governor announced the transfer of $90 M from the Strategic Energy Investment Fund (SEIF) in the FY 2025 budget to support the administration’s climate agenda.  The funding includes at least 50% to uplift communities historically overburdened and underserved and will be used for three initiatives:

  • $17 M to purchase and lease electric school buses for the state’s public school systems
  • $23 M to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure in low and moderate-income communities
  • $50 M to electrify hospitals, schools, multi-family housing and community buildings

Staff identified four common themes among the energy-related legislation during the 2024 legislative session: Building Energy Performance Stands and Environmental Justice, Finance and Innovation, Regulation, Renewable Energy, Utilities, and Transportation.  We observed bills promoting regulation, renewable energy, and utilities moving more frequently throughout the process.   Advanced clean energy, energy efficiency, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and climate action and environmental relief remain vital in supporting the goals of the CSNA.

In addition to the typical tireless work of our legislators, they worked with the Governor to pass bills addressing the Francis Scott Bridge Collapse. This legislation will assist those impacted by the tragedy.  The Governor hosted a Bill Signing this afternoon that included the following:

  • The Port Act
  • Maryland Road Worker Protection Act
  • The Protecting Election Officials Act
  • The Families Serve Act
  • The Time to Serve Act
  • The Caring for Public Employees in Safety Professions (CAPES) Act

120 bills were signed by the Governor, President of the Senate, and Speaker of the House.

Additional Bill Signings will be scheduled between now and the end of May.  The Maryland Constitution requires that the Assembly present passed legislation to the Governor within twenty days of Sine Die.  The Governor must sign or veto the bills presented within thirty days of Sine Die.  He can elect to allow the law to be enacted without his signature.

The 2024 MCEC Legislative Tracking Sheet provides a summary designating passed and failed legislation. Bills with a chance of passing over the weekend stayed in their current position with notes allowing you to see what transpired.  A number of bills passed through the assigned committee when the cross-file passed, passing the floor vote in the chamber of origin and the opposing chamber, and were returned passed on the same day. Several bills that appear to have failed were added to SB0783 - Renewable Energy - Net Energy Metering Aggregation, Solar Renewable Energy Credits, and Taxes on Solar Energy Generating Systems (Brighter Tomorrow Act).


  • The Climate Solutions Now Act of 2022 mandated reports due at the end of 2023, prompting legislation addressing climate mitigation goals
  • Building Performance Standards provided a repeated theme, but more legislation remains in committee than ones that passed
  • Electric vehicle and EV Infrastructure legislation passed
  • Finance and Innovation are critical in addressing the climate mitigation goals of Maryland
  • Multiple pieces of legislation address Environmental Justice issues, with many remaining in committee
  • Workforce Development is key in providing support for the advanced energy economy
  • Several bills addressed concerns in the renewable energy sector
  • Legislation must pass both chambers and return to the chamber of origination to be presented to the Governor for his signature and become law by midnight on Sine Die


  • Ten pieces of legislation address Building Energy Performance Standards and Environmental Justice
  • Three crossed to opposing chamber and were Returned Passed or Passed Enrolled
  • Bills that passed
    • SB0258 / HB0130 - Department of General Services - State Buildings and Facilities - Energy Conservation and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions
    • SB1033 / HB0926 - Maryland Building Performance Standards - Local Requests for Guidance - Religious Considerations
    • HB0990 - Environment - Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions - Manufacturers


  • Thirteen pieces of legislation address Finance and Innovation
  • Four crossed to the opposing chamber and were Returned Passed or Passed Enrolled
  • Bills that passed
    • SB0171 / HB0139 - Landlord and Tenant – Office of Home Energy Programs – Financial Assistance
    • SB0808 / HB1466 – Anaerobic Digestion Technology – Coordination and Guidance
    • SB0960 / HB1220 - Maryland Clean Energy Center - Climate Technology Founder's Fund
    • HB1393 - Electric System Planning - Scope and Funding


  • Twenty-six pieces of legislation address Regulation, Renewable Energy, and Utilities
  • Twelve crossed to the opposing chamber and were Returned Passed or Passed Enrolled
  • Bills that passed
    • SB0001 / HB0269 - Electricity and Gas - Retail Supply - Regulation and Consumer Protection
    • SB0206 / HB0216 - Condominiums - Common Elements - Clean Energy Equipment
    • SB0337 / HB0323 – Environment – Commission on Climate Change Membership – Addition
    • SB0345 / HB0344 – Transportation – Vision Zero Advisory Commission - Establishment
    • SB0474 / HB0597 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity and Related Approvals - Definition of Generating Station (Critical Infrastructure Streamlining Act of 2024)
    • SB0532 / HB0468 - Commission to Advance Lithium-Ion Battery Safety in Maryland
    • SB0536 / HB0680 - Environment - Nuclear Power Plants - Emergency Preparedness (Radiation and Emergency Preparedness and Protection Act)
    • SB0570 / HB0397 - Public Utilities – Thermal Energy Network Systems – Authorization and Establishment (Working for Accessible Renewable Maryland Thermal Heat (WARMTH) Act)
    • SB0651 / HB0882 – Business Regulation – Sale of Motor Fuel – Pricing Signage (Gas Price Gauging Act)
    • SB0783 / HB1435 – Renewable Energy - Net Energy Metering Aggregation, Solar Renewable Energy Credits, and Taxes on Solar Energy Generating Systems (Brighter Tomorrow Act)
    • SB1161 / HB1296 – Electricity – Offshore Wind Projects - Alterations
    • HB0864 - Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plans


  • Twenty-four pieces of legislation address Transportation and Workforce
  • Five crossed to opposing chamber and were Returned Passed or Passed Enrolled
  • Bills that passed
    • SB0298 - State Board of Electricians - Licensing - Penalties
    • SB0465 / HB0159 - Common Ownership Communities - Electric Vehicle Recharging Equipment (Electric Vehicle Recharging Equipment Act of 2024)
    • SB0553 / HB0437 - Maryland Zero Emission Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council - Membership
    • SB0951 / HB1028 - Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Workgroup
    • SB0959 / HB1256 - Electricity - Tariffs, Distributed Energy Resources, and Electric Distribution System Support Services (Distributed Renewable Integration and Vehicle Electrification (DRIVE) Act)