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Raising Clean Energy Use in Maryland to 25%

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure to raise Maryland's clean energy use to 25 percent by 2020 has the backing of a key committee chairman in the House of Delegates.

Del. Dereck Davis, a Prince George's County Democrat who chairs the House Economic Matters Committee, said Tuesday he supports raising the state's current clean energy mandate of 20 percent by 2022.

The bill will be introduced in the next legislative session, which starts Jan. 13.

Supporters say the $40 million plan will train more residents for careers in clean energy and increase minority- and woman-owned business within the clean energy economy. The $40 million would come from an agreement last year between the Maryland Public Service Commission and Richmond, Virginia-based energy company Dominion relating to its Cove Point liquefied natural gas terminal site plan.

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.