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Veto Overridden: Governor Hogan's veto of The Clean Energy Jobs Bill has been overridden!  On February 2nd, the Senate voted 32-13 to override.  The House voted for the override 88-51 on January 31st.  This means that 25% renewable energy by 2020 is now the law in Maryland.  We'll post the links for the legislators' votes here as soon as they are available.

In 2016,The Clean Energy Jobs Bill, SB921/HB1106 became the Clean Energy--Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards Revision Bill, HB1106.  It passed the House 92-43 and the Senate 31-14, both veto proof majorities, but Governor Hogan vetoed it.  The bill would raise Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requirement to 25% by 2020, up from the current goal of 20% by 2022.  

The House leadership removed the provisions of the original bill that provided for a fund to support workforce development and minority- and women-owned businesses in the clean energy sector.  They planned to include these provisions in a separate, comprehensive workforce bill.  We will continue our efforts to couple this renewable energy expansion with an unprecedented, multi-million dollar investment into job training and minority- and women-owned business development in the clean energy industry in the communities that need them most.

You can find more information about this legislation here.

Your calls, email, and visits have helped pass some of the strongest clean energy legislation in the country!  Now, more than ever, we must continue to work for legislation in Maryland that will help protect our environment. Thank you for all that you do!

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2017 Legislation

In 2017, UULM-MD will continue to work as a member of the Maryland Climate Coalition to support legislation that will help protect our environment and reduce the effects of climate change.  In addition, we are working with the Don't Frack Maryland Coalition to work for a ban on the natural gas extraction process known as "fracking".

Veto Override: Clean Energy--Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards Revision Bill, HB1106: Increasing Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard to 25% by 2020 and creating funding for workforce development and minority and women-owned businesses in the clean energy sector.
 
Over half of Maryland’s electricity still comes from carbon emitting fossil fuels – coal, oil and natural gas. These dirty fuels are bad for our health, our economy, our climate, and our energy security.
75% of Marylanders live in areas that received a D or F air quality grade for ozone pollution from the American Lung Association and the state notoriously has some of the worst ground-level ozone pollution in the eastern U.S.  As the state that is the third most vulnerable in America to sea-level rise driven by climate change and with the worst air quality on the east coast, we need to continue efforts  to curb our dependence on fossil fuels. Clean energy has already proven itself to be a powerful driver of economic development in Maryland, creating thousands of new jobs.

The Clean Energy Jobs Act also created a working group among government agencies and clean energy stakeholders to examine the best funding opportunities to invest in job training in the clean energy industry and to remove barriers for entry in this industry by minority-and women-owned businesses.  In addition, it makes small minority-and women-owned businesses in this industry eligible to receive dedicated funding for market growth through the state's "Strategic Energy Investment Fund."

 

Fracking Ban: In 2015, the Maryland General Assembly placed a moratorium on fracking that will last until October, 2017.  Efforts are already underway to establish regulations surrounding this process.  The latest poll found that 56% of Maryland's registered voters oppose fracking.

In spite of continuing evidence that fracking poses a potential harm to human health, land, and water resources, there are efforts within the current administration to move ahead with the process.  We expect at least one bill to be introduced in the 2017 Session of the Maryland General Assembly to ban fracking.  We will work with the Don't Frack Maryland Coalition to secure passage of a ban.

In the meantime, it is important that you continue to let your legislators know that you want fossil fuels to stay in the ground!  Let them know that you support a ban on fracking in Maryland!

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2016 Legislation

During the 2016 Session of the Maryland General Assembly, UULM-MD worked with the Maryland Climate Coalition in support of two major pieces of legislation: The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act and the Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2016.
 
Renew the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act in 2016
 
In 2009 Maryland’s General Assembly passed the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act (GGRA).  This groundbreaking law requires statewide, science-based reductions in the greenhouse gases (GHG) that are changing our climate and threatening our health.  In order to achieve those reductions, this law also required the creation of Maryland’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan.  The Plan lays out state actions to achieve the required 25% reduction in GHG from 2006 levels by 2020.  The law, however, expired at the end of 2016 and needed to be renewed and extended during the 2016 legislative session.

The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan is designed to produce a variety of benefits related to economic development. The Plan aims to encourage the growth of new industry and accelerate the investment of green technologies in Maryland, as well as invest in the energy, transportation and land use sectors of the state’s economy.  Current analyses project that the 2012 GGRA Plan will result in estimated economic benefits of between $2.5 billion and $3.5 billion in increased economic output by 2020 and help create and maintain between 26,000 and 33,000 new jobs in Maryland.

This bill passed and was signed by Governor Hogan.

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The Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2016: Increasing Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard to 25% by 2020 and creating funding for workforce development and minority and women-owned businesses in the clean energy sector.
 
Over half of Maryland’s electricity still comes from carbon emitting fossil fuels – coal, oil and natural gas. These dirty fuels are bad for our health, our economy, our climate, and our energy security. As the state that is the third most vulnerable in America to sea-level rise driven by climate change, and with the worst air quality on the east coast, we need to act now to curb our dependence on fossil fuels. Clean energy has already proven itself to be a powerful driver of economic development in Maryland, including creating thousands of new jobs.

This bill passed both chambers of the Maryland General Assembly, but was vetoed by the Governor.


Join UULM-MD as we work with our coalition partner, the Maryland Climate Coalition to increase the state’s clean energy standard, the Renewable Portfolio Standard(RPS).  It’s time to raise Maryland’ commitment to clean energy like wind and solar to 25% by 2020.
 
For more details on this issue, go to the Maryland Climate Coalition website.

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Fracking
 
In 2015, the Maryland General Assembly placed a moratorium that will last until October, 2017 on the natural gas extraction process know as "fracking."   Further legislation to ban fracking in Maryland is expected to be introduced in the 2017 General Assembly Session.  In the meantime, it is important that you continue to let your legislators know that you want fossil fuels to stay in the ground!  Let them know that you support a ban on fracking in Maryland!