MD Lawmakers Pass Renewable Energy Goals
(AP) The Maryland General Assembly has passed a measure to increase Maryland's use of renewable energy.
The Senate voted 31-15 to agree to changes made by the House to send the bill to Gov. Larry Hogan.
The measure would increase the state's Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard from 25% by 2020 to 50% by 2030.
The House put a provision in the bill to allow waste-to-energy incineration plants to be in the "top tier" of renewable energy, making them eligible for the same kind of subsidies as wind and solar.
Supporters say it will help kick start the state's offshore wind industry, with incentives for 1200 megawatts of ocean-based power.