Maryland LCV is committed to ensuring Maryland generates 100% clean energy by 2035. Achieving this goal will reduce the impacts of climate change and build economic opportunity in the clean energy sector.
In pursuit of 100% clean energy, our top priorities for 2023 are as follows.
Maryland’s community solar program has the potential to reduce the energy burden of thousands of low- to moderate-income (LMI) Maryland households while generating solar power on developed land, such as rooftops and parking canopies of our cities and towns.
The community solar pilot program has been in place since 2017, providing homeowners, renters, and businesses equal access to the economic and environmental benefits of solar energy generation, regardless of where they live or their income level.
This bill would make community solar a permanent part of Maryland’s solar energy portfolio, and include other improvements to the program.
Offshore wind is one of the most reliable clean energy resources available to Maryland. For offshore wind to be useful, it must be brought ashore. This legislation will help with that missing piece.
With this bill, Maryland could establish a coordinated transmission network that solves the issue of interconnection and builds resilience and reliability on our grid and offshore wind a reality.
Reducing Emissions from Transportation
Clean energy is also a key motivation for the move towards electrifying cars and buildings. Trucks and other large vehicles account for 9% of vehicles on the road but contribute 21% of carbon emissions in Maryland. Our priorities bills include supporting the:
- Advanced Clean Truck Rule
- Advanced Clean Cars II
- Electric School Bus Pilot Program & Funding