March 13, 2018

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Support 100 Percent Clean Electricity in Maryland

In the next week, subcommittees in the Maryland General Assembly will consider two very different renewable electricity bills.

We support only one – the 100% Clean Renewable Energy and Equity Act.  Help us move clean energy forward in Maryland by urging the General Assembly to pass the 100 percent bill. 

During the past five years, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility has been a strong supporter of increasing the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). However, in our review of the current RPS and the proposal to increase it to 50 percent by 2030, we found serious problems in the way renewable energy is defined, purchased, and accounted for in the RPS.

With the climate changing more rapidly than expected, we need to rapidly accelerate our transition to clean, renewable energy in Maryland in a transparent and fiscally responsible manner.

That is why we support the 100 percent bill. It provides a well-constructed pathway to 100 percent clean renewable electricity that prioritizes job growth, environmental justice, equity, fiscal responsibility and climate protection in Maryland.

Below are links to the articles, blogs and letters that explain in more detail why we support the 100 percent bill and our concerns about the 50 percent bill.

  • Two clean energy bills in Md.; one clear choice. In an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun, Dr. Gina Angiola and Tim Whitehouse outline the five key reasons why Chesapeake PSR supports the 100 percent bill.

  • Maryland needs more wind and solar power. In a letter to the editor in the Baltimore Sun, Dr. Al Bartlett uses Public Service Commission data and his original research to challenge conventional wisdom about the success of our current RPS and explain why Chesapeake PSR supports the 100 percent bill. 

  • Guest Commentary: Reforming Maryland’s Renewable Energy Law. In a blog post in Maryland Matters, Tim Whitehouse explains how Maryland’s reliance on unbundled renewable energy credits in its RPS does little to address the state’s dependence on fossil fuels, imposes unnecessary costs on Maryland ratepayers and makes Maryland’s energy mix look greener than it is.

  • Maryland’s Current Renewable Program is Actually Undermining Clean Energy Goals. Using data compiled by Chesapeake PSR from the Public Service Commission, Food and Water Watch explains how Maryland's Renewable Portfolio Standard is sending ratepayers' money out of state -- and incentivizing dirty energy.

  • Is Maryland's Renewable Energy Law Working? In the murky world of buying and selling renewable energy credits, Chesapeake PSR explains how Maryland ratepayers came to support a rebate for ratepayers in Oberlin, Ohio. Oberlin residents not only got a rebate, but they also got economic development, cleaner air, and more energy. What did Maryland get in return?  Higher rates and claims to be using renewable energy that Oberlin residents were actually using.

Let's move forward with 100 percent. Please sign our petition here. Thank you for your support of this important effort.


 


 
   
 

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