As the Maryland General Assembly opened for the new year, lawmakers and environmental groups called for passage of a bill they say would help the environment and create jobs. The Clean Energy Jobs Act would increase the Clean Energy Standard to 25 percent of the state’s needs over the next five years.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed two bills into law that make it possible for the state to initiate a community shared solar program. With community shared solar, community members can “buy in” to a nearby solar installation and share in the financial or energy benefits through utility bill credits.
In the advocacy group Environmental Entrepreneurs’ 2014 year-end report, Maryland was not in the top 10 states for green job creation, but the 2013 report listed Maryland as fourth in the nation for the number of total green jobs. A spokesman for Environmental Entrepreneurs said Maryland’s statewide policies for creating green jobs are strong, but added that inaction by Congress is hampering efforts to stimulate growth.
On Maryland's Eastern Shore, Mark Adams explains how his family farm found economic opportunity in working with OneEnergy Renewables to develop a commercial-scale solar array that will help provide electricity to Baltimore's National Aquarium for decades to come.