2016 Maryland General Assembly Session Information 

In Maryland, the legislative session is the second Wednesday in January through the first Monday in April. This year the session ends on April 4, 2016. This session there are two bills that will help Renew Maryland: the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Law (HB 610 and SB 323) which extends our current law and the Clean Energy Jobs Act Bill which would bring thousands of jobs to our state by investing in clean, renewable energy sources like solar and wind.

Maryland’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Law (HB 610 and SB 323)

This law continues the state’s current plan to promote clean energy, a strong economy and healthy people through 150 state programs. One of these programs, EmPOWER Maryland, was created to have Marylanders use less energy through efficiency and conservation. It is also the easiest, fastest and most cost-effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state.

  • This law, first enacted in in 2009 has a goal of reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by the year 2020. We are expecting to meet this goal. Maryland is a national leader on taking action to make us more energy efficient and actions to make our state more resilient. This is an important moment in time when we must double down on our efforts so that we will continue to make progress and move forward to address climate change and prepare Maryland communities.

What are some things you can do?

  • Attend a Lobby Day with the Maryland Climate Coalition to visit with your State Legislators;
  • Sign the Petition to ask your Legislators for Cleaner Energy, a Stronger Economy and Healthier Communities; and
  • Share your story! Show us what you are doing for a #cleanermdnow – people, businesses, organizations, and municipalities all over the state are taking measures to reduce greenhouse gases and you can to! Send us a picture of what you are doing or email us at: renewmdinfo@gmail.com

The Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act Bill

This bill asks the state to invest in more renewable energy sources like solar and wind. Our current goal is 20 percent renewable energy by 2022 and this legislation would increase the state commitment to 25 percent by 2020.

The main reason for this increase is to create a Stronger Economy. A 25 percent clean electricity standard will create incentives for roughly 1,300 megawatts of clean energy in our region and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2.7 million metric tons per year.

Right now, our state’s solar industry includes more than 170 companies and more than 3,000 jobs. A 25 percent clean energy standard can create roughly 4,600 direct jobs in our region from the land-based wind industry alone – from engineers to electricians to operators. By increasing the carve-out for solar, we will also see the growth of nearly 1,000 new Maryland solar jobs per year.

This bill also provides more pathways to the clean energy industry. The Clean Energy Workforce Account will help train and prepare more Marylanders for careers in clean energy. The Clean Energy Business Development Fund establishes a fund to help minority and women-owned businesses enter and grow within the clean energy economy in Maryland.

What are some things you can do?

  • Attend a Lobby Day with the Maryland Climate Coalition to visit with your State Legislators;
  • Sign the Petition to ask your Legislators for Cleaner Energy, a Stronger Economy and Healthier Communities; and
  • Share your story! Show us what you are doing for a #cleanermdnow – people, businesses, organizations, and municipalities all over the state are taking measures to reduce greenhouse gases and you can to! Send us a picture of what you are doing or email us at: renewmdinfo@gmail.com