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Push for Clean Energy Act in Annapolis

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There were miniature plastic wind turbines on display as supporters of clean energy rallied outside the House of Delegates in Annapolis.

They were backing the Clean Energy Jobs Act as it got its first legislative hearing.

The measure is sponsored by state Senator Brian Feldman who told a news conference that the economic and environmental benefits of the bill were “a no brainer”.

The measure requires that Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard be doubled in the next ten years with 50 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030.

By 2040 the bill calls for the state to be on track for a hundred percent.

But it is expected to meet strong opposition from some on the Eastern Shore over the issue of off shore wind projects that could impact resorts like Ocean City.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.