Maryland Commits to Clean and Efficient Buildings, Now Must Commit to Long-Term Gas Planning

Posted by Nick Bibby and Shawn Kelly on Jul 8, 2024 10:00:00 AM

New Maryland Executive Order Needs Thoughtful Implementation

On June 4, Governor Wes Moore cemented his place among clean energy champions when he announced that he intends to double down on Maryland’s commitment to 100% clean energy by 2035. Moore’s Executive Order, carrying the full force of law, created a Governor’s Subcabinet on Climate and directed all state agencies to develop Climate Implementation Plans that align with the state’s Climate Pollution Reduction Plan, identify funding and funding gaps to fully implement their plans, and consider how to advance environmental justice and address disproportionate impacts of climate change on underserved and overburdened communities. The order impacts the power sector, the transportation sector, and critically: the building sector.  

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Topics: Maryland, Nick Bibby, Building Decarbonization, Shawn Kelly

Maryland Goes Big on Offshore Wind and Electric Transmission

Posted by Nick Bibby on Apr 26, 2023 11:30:00 AM

Pictured: Maryland Governor Wes Moore (left) and United policy principal Nick Bibby (right)

Last Friday in Baltimore, I watched as Maryland Governor Wes Moore signed the Promoting Offshore Wind Energy Resources (POWER) Act into law, a foundational step for the state as it works to build out its electric grid infrastructure, build up its offshore wind industry, and reach its ambitious renewable energy goals.

With the passage of the POWER Act, Maryland will serve as an example for state legislators across the country in showing the type of action that must be taken for states to make the transition to clean energy. Specifically, this law will greatly improve the planning processes needed to build transmission lines and get the electric grid ready for Maryland’s noteworthy 8.5 GW offshore wind power production goal, as well as for increased onshore clean energy production. Improving the grid will also boost the state’s grid efficiency and resiliency, lower utility bills for homes and businesses, and create good-paying union jobs that will connect Maryland to both wind and solar resources.

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Topics: Transmission, Maryland, Nick Bibby



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