Maryland

MARYLAND

Already in 2008, Maryland commissioned a report which projected future climate change vulnerabilities for the state: an annual average temperature increase of about 3°F by mid-century; droughts lasting several weeks during the summer; rains and winds from hurricanes are likely to increase as will precipitation; sea level rise will accelerate causing Maryland to experience considerable shoreline erosion and deterioration of coastal wetlands. If sea level rises by 3 feet, most tidal wetlands would be lost — about 200 square miles of land would be inundated.

Despite being home to the second-largest coal exporting port in the United States, Maryland is among the leaders in a shift away from traditional energy sources. Maryland has no crude oil production and very little natural gas production. Further, the state is gradually transitioning away from coal. Since 2012, coal’s share in electricity generation has been less than 50% and in 2018 it fell to 23%. Alternative renewable energy sources such as solar and clean energy nuclear have been turned to in recent years, with one of Maryland’s nuclear power plants accounting for 34 of the state’s electricity generation in 2018.

According to the Environmental Information Administration (EIA), Maryland consumes five times more energy than it produces and the Maryland economy ranks among the ten least energy intensive states in the U.S., as well as being among the ten lowest in per capita energy consumption. The state’s energy is consumed primarily by the transportation, commercial and residential sectors with each consuming about 30% and the industrial sector accounting for the remaining 10%.

In 2009, Maryland passed the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act of 2009 (GGRA). Since its passage, the bill has been updated (in 2015 and 2019), with each amendment proposing greater energy conservation targets. As of 2019, the goals of the GGRA include a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and a transition to 100% clean electricity by 2040. The realization of Maryland’s proposed goals relies on a synthesis of a number of new and existing public programs and regulations introduced to the state’s private sector.

A member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cooperative of ten states in the Atlantic region with the goal of reducing GHG emissions, Maryland is able to regulate its energy use under the first cap-and-invest program in the nation. This program sets in place a cap on the GHG emissions allowed among the ten-state initiative and allows the private sector to trade for allowances under this cap.

State Governor Larry Hogan (R) has sought out ambitious climate change legislation and has championed Maryland as a leader in the field. In a November of 2019 tweet, Hogan broke from party lines, deriding the Trump Administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, asserting that “While Washington continues to address climate change, Maryland continues to lead.”

The Climate Solutions Act of 2021 aimed to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 60% from 2006 levels by 2030 and to require the State to achieve net-zero statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. Unfortunately, although the Senate passed the bill in the Spring of 2021, it lost in the House. Sponsor Paul G. Pinsky (D) said he hopes for a bigger effort next year.

Maryland is one of seven states in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast to have record sweltering heat in July, 2020. Records date back to 1895. In 2021, they had their first heat related death on June 16 and hit a record 98 degrees on June 30.

Maryland is one of twenty four states, plus Puerto Rico, committed to the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of governors committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

CURRENT NEWS

A Climate Superfund Law Might Be Crazy Enough to Work

By Emily Pontecorvo 03/29/24
Dozens of cities and states have tried to sue the oil industry for damages related to climate change over the past several years, and so far, none of these cases has been successful. In fact,…
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Maryland Gov. Wes Moore unveils $90M for environmental initiatives

By Brian Witte 02/17/24
Maryland Gov. Wes Moore highlighted $90 million on Friday as a down payment to help reach the state’s ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to fight climate change.
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House leaders prepping legislation to boost Maryland offshore wind

By Josh Kurtz 02/07/24
Stung by news that one of the two companies that was planning to install wind energy turbines off the coast of Ocean City is reassessing its projects, House leaders are drafting legislation designed to shore…
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A Superfund for climate change? States consider a new way to make Big Oil pay.

By Katie Myers 02/02/24
Last July, the normally warm and humid but still pleasant New England summer was disrupted by a series of unusually heavy rain storms. Flash floods broke creek banks and washed away roads, inundating several cities…
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Maryland’s Severn River Oyster Restoration to Get Major Boost From National Grant

By Valerie Keefer 12/21/23
A large-scale, community-led oyster restoration initiative in Maryland’s Severn River will kick off in early 2024 thanks to a coastal resiliency grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and Department of Defense (DOD).…
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These new apples are built to withstand extreme weather

By Laura Reiley 10/25/23
Sunrise Magic. Crimson Gold. Autumn Glory. Even the names of apples put us in the seasonal spirit, thinking of cider and hay rides, deep-dish confections or a crunchy snap tucked under a gooey caramel coating.
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Oil giants unveil ‘game-ending’ strategy to kill climate cases

By Lesley Clark 10/10/23
The legal battle over whether cities, counties and states can hold fossil fuel companies financially accountable for heat waves, flooding and other effects of climate change is entering a critical new phase.
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Protesters disrupt Pete Buttigieg’s interview at iMPACT Maryland

By Rick Hutzell and Others 10/10/23
Dozens of young protesters concerned about climate change stormed the Baltimore stage where U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was taking part in a daylong conference coordinated by The Baltimore Banner, carrying signs and shouting criticism…
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Warming Temperatures Bring Different Animals to Maryland

By Joe Zimmermann 10/10/23
A Salisbury man fishing for spotted sea trout Sept. 17 in the Chesapeake Bay pulled in a tall, silvery fish with a striking yellow underside.
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Chesapeake Striped Bass Face Growing Challenges From Climate Change

By Kenny Fletcher 09/19/23
Striped bass face growing challenges from habitat loss, low oxygen levels, and climate change as they struggle to recover from a significant decline on the East Coast, fisheries experts said this week at the Chesapeake…
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Study Finds Sea-level Rise Is Swallowing Farms in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia

By Maryland Today Staff 08/08/23
Researchers mapping the spread of saltwater intrusion on farmland in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia found that land area covered by visible salt patches almost doubled from 2011 to 2017, turning over 19,000 acres into marshland.
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Advocates say Maryland’s climate plan could help the Chesapeake Bay, too

By Jeremy Cox 08/08/23
Advocates of Maryland’s efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions have mostly touted the potential benefits of fighting climate change, improving air quality and boosting public health. But a newly released working draft of a plan…
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PLANS TO ACCELERATE RENEWABLES

Chasing Goals, Facing Obstacles at Md. Clean Energy Summit

10/26/23
As Maryland works toward some of the most ambitious emission reduction goals in the nation, PJM has warned that the 2025 closure of coal plants in the state could lead to rolling blackouts.

What’s next for Maryland’s Climate Plan

10/20/23
Maryland is working to finalize its Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan by the end of the year to lay out how the state plans to meet its ambitious climate goals required by the Climate Solutions Now…

New ‘Climate Partners’ plan prods state to expand climate goals

10/16/23
As the Maryland government moves closer to adopting a battle plan for meeting the state’s comprehensive climate goals, a group of environmentalists, community organizations and other advocates is releasing a climate proposal of its own…

VAN HOLLEN, CARDIN, TRONE ANNOUNCE $200,000 TO BOOST CLEAN ENERGY MANUFACTURING IN WESTERN MARYLAND

10/10/23
Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $200,000 for the Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) to support local manufacturing businesses and create job opportunities in Western…

Why Maryland Is Struggling to Meet Its Own Aggressive Climate Goals – Inside Climate News

09/26/23
Climate and environmental activists are advocating an end to waste-to-energy trash incinerators and an accelerated transition to wind and solar energy as the Maryland Department of the Environment considers proposals for achieving the state’s ambitious…

Change in the air? A push for offshore wind energy in Maryland

09/20/23
Gov. Wes Moore, and several prominent legislators, have signaled that wind energy is an important part of Maryland's renewable energy goals. Last April, Moore signed the POWER Act at Tradepoint Atlantic, where several companies plan…

WYPR: MD’s Sec. of the Environment on climate change and electric cars

09/13/23
Gov. Wes Moore has set ambitious goals for the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, care for the Chesapeake Bay, and assure environmental justice. We will ask Sec. McIlwain about the state’s plans to meet…

MARYLAND DELEGATION ANNOUNCES $8.7 MILLION FOR STATEWIDE POWER GRID RESILIENCY

09/07/23
Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Jamie Raskin, David Trone and Glenn Ivey (all D-Md.) announced $8,790,108 in federal funding for…

Lawmakers view state climate ‘pathway’ recommendations through parochial lenses

09/06/23
For the last several weeks, Maryland environmental officials have taken their draft plan for meeting the state’s weighty climate goals on the road, with three public hearings and more to come. On Tuesday, in a…

Sprawling solar portfolio to offset 90% of energy use for Maryland county complex

08/31/23
Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman, the Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works (DPW) and officials from the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) and Standard Solar officially celebrated the completion of a solar project…

Climate Access Fund wins $100,000 prize to expand community solar in Md.

08/24/23
A non-profit green bank has been awarded $100,000 to expand community solar in Maryland. The Climate Access Fund (CAF) received the funding through the Energizing Rural Communities Prize, which is aimed at advancing collaborative efforts…

Environmental leaders push for transparency on state’s clean energy program

08/03/23
Eight environmental leaders are pressing Maryland energy regulators for more transparency on how the state’s renewable energy program is handled — and how the state hands out financial credits for entities that generate renewable energy.…

Community solar project in Howard County touted as step forward for renewable energy

07/25/23
On a mild mid-May earlier this year, officials from an unusual assortment of public and private organizations and businesses – including two energy companies, Loyola University Maryland, Howard County and St. Mary’s Coptic Church –…

Report offers glimpse of what it will take for state to reach ambitious climate goals

07/01/23
Maryland is halfway toward meeting its ambitious climate goals, and a path exists for the state to reach net-zero emissions by 2045.

Maryland Plans to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 60% in 2031

06/30/23
Scale up the purchase of electric cars, trucks and buses. Encourage people to drive less. Push homes, buildings and industries to run entirely on electricity. And ensure all the energy generated in Maryland comes from…

Constellation repowers Maryland wind farm

06/09/23
US developer Constellation is repowering its Criterion wind project (pictured) in Oakland, Maryland, extending the life of the facility for 20 years. Construction at the Criterion facility is underway with the installation of new, high-efficiency…

Sluggish pace of interconnection might jeopardize states’ renewable goals, report says

05/27/23
Despite reforms meant to speed up the queue, delays in getting mostly new solar, wind and storage projects through the largest American grid operator’s interconnection process could make it tough for some states to hit…

Chaberton Energy, Pivot Energy break ground on community solar project

05/22/23
Chaberton Energy, a Rockville-based renewable energy project developer, and national solar provider Pivot Energy broke ground on the Catherine Community Solar and Catherine Aggregate Net Energy Metering (ANEM) projects May 17 in Cooksville.

Maryland Plans Largest US Green Hydrogen Powered Bus Depot

05/18/23
Developers are planning to build a bus maintenance and operations center in Maryland that they say will be the nation’s largest renewable energy-powered transit depot in terms of capacity. The faciliity in the Montgomery County…

Maryland becomes the 23rd community solar state

05/17/23
Maryland Governor Wes Moore (D) has signed the state’s community solar legislation, HB 908 into law, effectuating a state framework to provide clean energy to the state’s residents, including low- and moderate-income (LMI) households.

Maryland’s POWER Act to Bring Over 12,000 Jobs to the State

05/11/23
Maryland has taken a major step forward in its renewable energy goals with the passing of the Promoting Offshore Wind Energy Resources Act, also known as the POWER Act. The bill passed with bipartisan support…

Maryland Legislature Ends Session with Big Wins for Clean Energy

04/14/23
In addition to the POWER Act, Maryland also approved bills aimed at growing markets for energy storage, community solar and zero-emission heavy-duty trucks.

Maryland lawmakers, Gov. Moore set goal to quadruple offshore wind power

04/11/23
Maryland leaders are making a big commitment to offshore windmills in an effort to reach state goals increasing the use of renewable energy sources and making the state a leader in the wind energy industry.

Governor Moore Kicks Off ‘More Opportunity Tour,’ Announcing Largest Rooftop Solar Project on an Affordable Multifamily Property Ever in Montgomery County

04/09/23
oday, Governor Wes Moore kicked off the ‘More Opportunity Tour,’ announcing the largest rooftop solar project on an affordable multifamily property ever undertaken in Montgomery County. The $11.4 million effort will bring energy savings of…

Maryland bill to boost adoption of residential solar

04/05/23
If passed, the bill would increase Maryland’s residential clean energy grant from $1,000 to $5,000 to boost adoption of rooftop solar, create local clean energy jobs, and help meet the state’s climate goals.

ACP report shows potential benefits of installing energy storage in Maryland

04/03/23
Preliminary findings from a report announced by the American Clean Power Association (ACP) show that installing energy storage in Maryland could result in substantial savings for energy customers and significant emissions reductions over the next…

Maryland sets 8.5GW offshore wind target

03/31/23
Maryland governor Wes Moore (pictured) has set a target of 8500MW of offshore wind being developed in the state's waters. Governor Moore announced that Maryland will aim to quadruple the amount of energy produced by…

The nation’s biggest electric capacity market needs fixing, critics say

03/15/23
The nation’s largest grid operator is warning that it might not have enough electric generation in the future to guarantee reliability. And it comes as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission convenes a forum on the…

Maryland announces new gas vehicle phase-out goal

03/14/23
ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Maryland’s governor announces the state will aim to phase out new gas vehicles by 2035, even though Maryland is nowhere near reaching its 2025 electric vehicle adoption goal. (Herald-Mail)

Governor Moore Announces Maryland Adoption of the Advanced Clean Cars II Rule to Combat the Effects of Climate Change

03/13/23
Governor Wes Moore today announced Maryland’s adoption of the multi-state Advanced Clean Cars II rule, a major step in the state’s acceleration to improve air quality and combat the effects of climate change. Maryland is…

Howard County votes to go all-electric in new construction

03/08/23
On March 6th, The Howard County Council voted 4-1 yesterday to begin the process of ending the use of fossil fuels in almost all newly constructed buildings.

Maryland bill aims to expand commitment to offshore wind

03/08/23
A coalition of environmentalists, labor unions, civil rights and consumer groups gathered Tuesday to support a measure to expand Maryland’s commitment to offshore wind as part of the state’s efforts to address climate change.

Campaign for rooftop solar goes to school

03/01/23
The solar energy panels on the roof of Glenarden Woods Elementary School stand over its middle-class neighborhood, wedged between the Capital Beltway and U.S. 50 in Prince George’s County, like a sentinel. They’re a reminder…

Bill would require utilities to deliver on promised renewable energy

02/24/23
Anne Manuel and her husband have been willingly paying an extra $1,000 a year to power their Silver Spring home and a cabin they own in Western Maryland, assuming contentedly that 100% of the energy…

Democratic governors pitch federal funds for housing, clean energy

02/09/23
Using the recent influx of federal funds to expand state and local clean energy infrastructure, affordable housing and workforce development will pay long-term dividends, a group of Democratic governors and mayors said Wednesday at an…

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce More Than $1.8 Million For Maryland Coastal Bays, Wetlands Restoration

02/01/23
Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced $1,819,600 in Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funding for the Maryland Coastal Bays Foundation to help the Atlantic Coast and Eastern Shore become…

MD Legislators Announce Bill to Clean Up Renewable Portfolio Standard

01/31/23
Today, Delegate Vaughn Stewart and Senator Lewis Young announced legislation to clean up Maryland’s signature clean energy program, the renewable portfolio standard. For years, communities have suffered negative health and quality of life impacts from…

Offshore wind will need major investments in transmission, supply chain, reports say

01/30/23
Achieving the aggressive offshore wind power goals of the federal government and individual states will require billions of dollars in spending on transmission infrastructure, “unprecedented” cooperation between grid operators and federal and state agencies, and…

Maryland Raises a Billion Dollars for Climate Progress and Energy Efficiency

12/12/22
Maryland has reached the billion-dollar mark in money raised through a regional program to cap and reduce fossil fuel energy use and the emissions that cause climate change. Those proceeds help speed the deployment of…

County Executive Elrich Releases Recommended FY 23 Capital Budget and Recommended FY23-28 Capital Improvement Program

01/18/22
Today, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich transmitted his $5.05 billion Recommended FY 23 Capital Budget and FY23-28 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) to the Montgomery County Council. The County Executive’s funding recommendations will address major capital…

Mayor and Sustainability Office Release Carbon-Neutral Goals for Baltimore City

01/18/22
Today, Mayor Brandon M. Scott and Director of the Office of Sustainability, Lisa McNeilly, announced an updated set of goals for Baltimore City’s Climate Action Plan. At the direction of Mayor Scott, the City has…

Frederick County Council To Vote On Climate Change Initiatives

01/17/22
Frederick, Md (KM) A vote is expected on Tuesday by the Frederick County Council on several climate change initiatives . The total cost of the package is $3.7-million which is one-time funds.

Legislators plan green-focused bills this session

01/14/22
The weekend before convening in Annapolis, a collection of Maryland lawmakers unveiled and explained the environmentally directed bills they plan on introducing during this year’s legislative session.

Ørsted approved for second larger Md. wind farm

12/23/21
Last week, the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) signed off on Skipjack Wind 2, a proposal that would include 846 megawatts of energy via large offshore wind turbines. The Danish multinational green energy company is…

Maryland Department of Transportation Makes Plans for Total Electric Bus Fleet

12/22/21
Following Maryland’s Zero-Emission Bus Transition Act as well as the growing need to stay on top of technology and replace its aging fleet, the Maryland Department of Transportation and the Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA)…

Maryland Commission Awards ORECs to US Wind and Skipjack Offshore Energy

12/21/21
Maryland’s offshore wind portfolio is poised to grow substantially with a decision by the Maryland Public Service Commission to award offshore wind renewable energy credits (ORECs) to two developers that have proposed more than 1,600…

Town of Indian Head Government commits to 100% Renewable Energy

10/13/21
At a town meeting on October 4, 2021, the Town Council of Indian Head issued a proclamation of commitment to transitioning the town government to renewable energy

Officials begin work on community choice energy, a piece of Climate Action Plan

09/24/21
As Montgomery County works on a Climate Action Plan, state legislation passed this year has already started the process for one component: community choice energy. Community choice energy is a program that will allow counties…

Maryland regulators unanimously expand community solar pilot

09/02/21
Regulators in Maryland have unanimously voted to expand the capacity of the state’s community solar program as well as improve access for low- and moderate-income (LMI) customer participation in the state’s Community Solar Pilot Program.

Betting the Farm on Solar Energy

09/01/21
As state and local governments struggle to meet clean energy mandates, they recognize that agricultural land is often a great place to site large renewable energy projects. But placing large solar arrays and other renewable…

US Wind plans up to 1.2 GW expansion off Maryland coast, moves to boost domestic supply chain

08/05/21
Offshore wind developer US Wind has submitted a bid for a new 1,200 MW offshore wind farm, slated for construction adjacent to the company's $77 million MarWin project, which is already set for construction off…

Gov. Larry Hogan announces clean energy expansions in Maryland

08/03/21
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan made strides towards expanding clean energy in the state on Tuesday. Hogan announced a new partnership between Tradepoint Atlantic and US Wind to expand offshore wind use (electrical power created using…

In Md. Coal Country, a Push for Clean Energy — and a College Campus Leads the Way

07/15/21
Greg Barnett, a senior at Frostburg State University, grew up in Charles County and spent a lot of time visiting his grandfather in Washington, D.C., so Western Maryland is a different world for him. But…

Maryland Receives Funding to Develop Wood Energy Projects

07/01/21
he Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Maryland Forest Service has been awarded nearly $250,000 for a Wood Innovations Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop priority projects with the Maryland Wood…

Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard and Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems

07/01/21
Altering the renewable energy portfolio standard in certain years to require a certain percentage of energy from Tier 1 renewable sources each year to be derived from certain geothermal heating and cooling systems

House-Senate Divisions Killed Climate Bill But It Should Have a Second Life in 2022

By Elizabeth Shwe 04/20/21
During a legislative session dominated by coronavirus relief and confronting systemic inequities, General Assembly Democrats splintered over major climate change legislation, which eventually led to its collapse on the night of Sine Die.

Maryland Senate passes climate act by wide margin

03/15/21
The Maryland Senate voted Friday to ramp up Maryland’s efforts to fight climate change over the next decade, passing a sweeping bill that calls for a massive tree planting campaign along with more electric vehicles,…

Maryland releases long-awaited climate plan

02/22/21
 Maryland releases a climate action plan to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2045,14 months later than directed by the legislature.

Department of the Environment Releases a Climate Action Plan — 14 Months After Deadline

02/20/21
The Maryland Department of the Environment released a 279-page report Friday outlining the state’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve net-zero emissions by 2045.

Montgomery County Joins Leaders Across Maryland and the United States in Affirming Commitment to Global Climate Action on Fifth Anniversary of Paris Agreement

12/23/20
Montgomery County has joined counties and cities across Maryland and the United States to mark the five-year anniversary of the world coming together to sign on to the Paris Climate Agreement. To celebrate the anniversary…

County Executive Marc Elrich To Transform Portion Of Former Landfill Into Solar Energy Project

12/15/20
Montgomery County moves another step closer toward meeting the ambitious goal of eliminating greenhouse emissions by 2035 with an innovative partnership that will provide reliable clean energy for low-to-moderate income households and County Government. Ameresco,…

Preparing for Climate Change in Maryland

08/30/20
This page provides an overview of the steps Maryland is taking to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Baltimore Climate Action Plan

04/11/19
The City of Baltimore is committed to taking action to mitigate global climate change. Baltimore’s greenhouse gas emissions for our baseline year 2010 were 7,579,144 metric tons (MT) CO2e/yr and will rise to 7,838,996 MT…

Maryland State 2015 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan Update

04/10/19
“We are on track to meet our own climate change goal and requirements. We have even greater opportunities ahead of us. Maryland and its citizens and communities can reduce environmental and economic risks, increase energy…

KEY RESOURCES

Maryland Solar Panels: Pricing and Incentives

02/11/22
Like much of the nation, Maryland is fairly new to solar power. Luckily, like many other states, it’s making up for lost time. Maryland now produces 1,342.4 MW of solar power each year, making up…

Maryland State Profile and Energy Estimates

10/02/21
Maryland wraps around the Chesapeake Bay and extends west into the Appalachian region, where the state's only fossil fuel reserves—coal and natural gas—are found. Baltimore, the state's largest city and one of the 20 largest…

Energy State Bill Tracking Database

09/10/21
The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.

Empower Maryland

07/01/21
The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) strongly supports energy efficiency and conservation programs developed pursuant to the EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act (codified at Md. Code Ann., Public Utilities § 7-211). In enacting the EmPOWER Maryland…

The First National Flood Risk Assessment

10/06/20
The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.

The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in Maryland

09/19/20
Between 2017 and 2019, Maryland experienced five severe storms, one tropical cyclone, and two winter storms. The damages of each event led to losses of at least $1 billion.

State-by-State: Climate Change in Maryland

07/31/20
Maryland is vulnerable to climate change, presenting risks to people, stressing infrastructure and causing agricultural and ecological impacts. Maryland’s climate has already warmed by one to two degrees Fahrenheit in the last century. Increasing variability…

Maryland and Climate Change

02/27/20
To meet the growing challenges climate change is having on Maryland, the region and the world, UMCES research programs seek to broaden our understanding of climate change’s effects on coastal ecosystems, specifically their sensitivity and…

Climate Change Program

02/13/20
The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is leading Governor Hogan's efforts to reduce GHG emissions and adapt to the potential consequences of climate change while creating jobs and benefiting the economy, as required by the…

MORE NEWS

Maryland Awards $3 Million in Climate Resilience Grants to 13 Community Projects

07/31/23  
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources today announced the award of more than $3 million in competitive grants for 13 climate resilience projects. The grants will help communities design and construct solutions to withstand flooding…
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State officials get an earful at first town hall on climate plan

By Josh Kurtz   07/26/23  
The setting of the state government’s first public meeting Tuesday evening on a plan to achieve its extensive climate goals couldn’t have been more aspirational.
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Climate change could swamp this island. Home sales are surging.

By Justin Jouvenal   07/05/23  
Ten summers ago, Maryland offered to buy residents off this iconic bit of land in the Chesapeake Bay known for picturesque watermen’s villages, famous cakes and pyrotechnic sunsets. Hurricane Sandy had damaged homes and climate…
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Climate change could swamp this island. Home sales are surging

By Justin Jouvenal   07/05/23  
Ten summers ago, Maryland offered to buy residents off this iconic bit of land in the Chesapeake Bay known for picturesque watermen’s villages, famous cakes and pyrotechnic sunsets. Hurricane Sandy had damaged homes and climate…
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Maryland Department of Natural Resources Completes Shoreline Restoration in Dorchester County

06/01/23  
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources today announced the completion of shoreline construction at Hurst Creek in Dorchester County, the second of the department’s 24 Resiliency through Restoration Initiative pilot projects. In this project, nearly…
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The obscure bill targeting global warming effective July 1st in Maryland

By Wambui Kamau   05/29/23  
Concrete is one of the most common materials on earth. Its production, which involves cement, accounts for almost 8% of carbon emissions globally according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
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EPA again proposes power plant carbon rules. What’s next — and what does it mean for Md.?

By Robert Zullo   05/16/23  
The Obama administration’s 2015 Clean Power Plan — intended to cut carbon emissions from power plants — was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Trump administration’s much-criticized replacement, the Affordable Clean Energy rule,…
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Climate Calling: Moore-Miller administration plan multi-agency approach to climate change

By Danielle J. Brown   05/11/23  
Lt. Gov. Aruna Miller (D) and other top state officials gathered at the University of Maryland Baltimore County on Wednesday to discuss how state government plans to encourage clean energy and reduce the effects of…
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As climate change makes mark on Baltimore area, school districts vary on how to teach it

By Sabrina LeBoeuf   05/11/23  
When Howard County Public Schools students reach the third grade, it’s time to learn about flooding in Ellicott City. Through science and social studies classes, the students discuss the severe weather and how it affected…
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Report details why progress to clean up the Chesapeake Bay has been slow

By Charlie Paullin   05/10/23  
A new report from the Chesapeake Bay Program says states need to flip the script in order to achieve pollution reduction goals for the Chesapeake Bay. The 133-page report released by the program’s Scientific and…
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Will the Chesapeake Bay Become a Dead Zone?

By Duy Linh Tu and Sebastian Tuinder   05/03/23  
The country’s largest estuary is under critical threat from pollution and climate change. The question is: Can it be saved? In the 4,500-square-mile Chesapeake Bay, the country’s largest estuary, nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater treatment…
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Maryland Offers New Way to Mitigate Climate Change and Pollution

By David M. Higgins   05/01/23  
The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) has partnered with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to offer a new way for Marylanders to help restore tree cover and mitigate the harmful…
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Climate Change Raises the Black Flag

By Rachael Grahame   04/27/23  
Climate change is raising the risk of extreme weather, causing food shortages and threatening the existence of myriad species—and if that weren’t enough, it’s now prompting pirates to plague the world’s oceans and seas.
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One year after Climate Solutions Now Act, lawmakers focus on passing smaller climate bills

By Josh Kurtz   04/26/23  
Offshore wind energy is getting most of the attention. The sector is growing rapidly nationally, and Gov. Wes Moore (D) traveled to an industrial development in Baltimore County Friday to sign a bill that could…
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Maryland set to adopt one of the biggest offshore wind goals in US

By Maria Gallucci   04/12/23  
Maryland is poised to set policies that could quadruple the amount of offshore wind planned along the state’s Atlantic coastline.
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Maryland passes energy storage target of 3 GW in 10 years

By Ryan Kennedy   04/11/23  
Legislators in the state of Maryland have voted to approve HB 910, establishing a target to install energy storage to support the proliferation of renewable energy statewide.
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Governor Moore Announces New Partnership Between Maryland Department of Environment and University of Maryland Center for Global Sustainability to Model Maryland’s Climate Goals Pathway

04/03/23  
Governor Wes Moore today announced a new partnership between the Maryland Department of the Environment and The Center for Global Sustainability at the University of Maryland to model Maryland’s pathway toward ambitious climate goals. The…
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Van Hollen, Cardin, Sarbanes Announce Over $1 Million in Federal Funding to Support Chesapeake Bay Restoration

03/24/23  
Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) announced $1,129,063 in Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funding to restore wetlands and expand green infrastructure throughout the Chesapeake Bay…
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What does climate change mean for Baltimore?

By Cody Boteler   03/23/23  
Regular flooding that puts large swaths of Fells Point and the Inner Harbor underwater. Blistering heatwaves that target some of the city’s most vulnerable people. Stronger summer storms and winters without snowfall.
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Building a Maryland wildlife corridor by the yard

By Rosanne Skirble   03/20/23  
Honeybee losses are at record highs across the nation, with Maryland beekeepers reporting a 55% winter loss in 2021, the second highest in the......
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Maryland, Virginia Race to Save Dwindling Commercial Fisheries in the Chesapeake Bay – Inside Climate News

By Aman Azhar   03/17/23  
Alarmed by plummeting stocks of commercial fisheries in the Chesapeake Bay, officials in Maryland and Virginia are scrambling to control invasive fish species that are causing at least part of the problem.
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Johns Hopkins Selected by U.S. Department of Transportation to Lead New $10 Million Center for Climate-Focused Transportation Solutions

03/09/23  
Johns Hopkins University has been selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation to lead a new University Transportation Center focused on solutions aimed at preserving the environment.
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Environmental bills to watch during the 2023 Maryland General Assembly session

By Christine Condon   03/08/23  
It was a big year for environmental legislation in Annapolis in 2022, with the passage of the Climate Solutions Now Act accelerating Maryland’s greenhouse gas reduction goals. While 2023 isn’t poised to be nearly as…
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After Criticism, Gas Industry Official Withdraws As Candidate For Maryland’s Public Service Commission

By Aman Azhar   02/28/23  
A gas industry executive nominated by Gov. Wes Moore to serve on the Maryland Public Service Commission withdrew his candidacy on Tuesday after environmentalists questioned his commitment to fighting climate change and protecting ratepayers’ interests…
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$1.35M Grant to Fund UMD-Led Team’s Study of Climate Change and Septic Tank Failure

By Robert Herschbach   02/28/23  
As rising sea levels increasingly strain septic tank systems used by tens of thousands of Maryland households, a new $1.35 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will fund a University of Maryland-led…
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Mid-Atlantic Climate Action Hub Launches With $2.2M Grant From Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

By Kelly Blake   02/07/23  
A $2.2 million grant will help launch a University of Maryland-led initiative to address the effects of environmental racism and climate change across the mid-Atlantic region, providing financial and training support and advocating for policy…
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Washington Gas Faces Lawsuits in D.C. and Maryland Over Alleged ‘Greenwashing’

By Aviva Bechky   02/01/23  
In the lower left corner of Washington Gas’ monthly bills, some customers have received colorful illustrations of flowers and a cheery environmental message.
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Study: Md. will need massive investment in low-income housing retrofits to meet aggressive climate goals

By Josh Kurtz   01/31/23  
As Maryland moves tentatively toward meeting aggressive goals over the next several years to combat climate change, the state will have to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to retrofit homes and apartment buildings occupied…
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Maryland Joins U.S. Climate Alliance, Governor Wes Moore Affirms Support to Combating Climate Change

01/30/23  
​​ Last week, Governor Wes Moore reaffirmed his commitment to combating climate change by announcing Maryland's participation in the U.S. Climate Alliance. Governor Moore proposed a $422 million investment in protecting Maryland's environment through programs…
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Governor Moore Releases $69 Million in Previously-Withheld Funding

01/19/23  
Funding to Combat Climate Change, Expand Paid Family and Medical Leave and Abortion Care Access, and Support Cannabis Reform
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Seven Tough Issues That Could Disrupt Maryland Gov.-Elect Moore’s Climate Agenda – Inside Climate News

By Aman Azhar   12/31/22  
Maryland suffered from terminal inertia in 2022 on climate change and the environment, dragged down by the competing agendas of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and Democrats leading the state’s General Assembly. 
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Maryland’s Largest County Just Banned Gas Appliances In Most New Buildings—but Not Without Some Concessions

By Aman Azhar   12/02/22  
Montgomery County, Maryland, home to more than a million residents, passed landmark legislation this week requiring new residential and commercial buildings to be all-electric—barring some exceptions—starting 2027. While advocates celebrated the significance of the legislation,…
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A model program for fighting climate change is at a crossroads in Md. and neighboring states

By Josh Kurtz   11/10/22  
Sometimes, states fight climate change in dramatic and tangible ways, with gigantic solar arrays, wind turbines, abundant electric vehicle charging stations, or highly visible coastal resiliency projects.
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In Court, the Maryland Public Service Commission Quotes Climate Deniers and Claims There’s No Such Thing as ‘Clean’ Energy

By Aman Azhar   11/01/22  
The Office of People’s Counsel has asked a state judge to order the PSC to take action against a gas utility for lying to its customers about the environmental benefits of natural gas.
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A Big Federal Grant Aims to Make Baltimore a Laboratory for Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience

By Aman Azhar   10/28/22  
A multidisciplinary team of scientists will work with city officials and community groups to protect vulnerable residents and communities from extreme weather, flooding, urban heat islands and fossil fuel pollution.
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Maryland surpasses 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal

By Jay Apperson   10/25/22  
The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) submitted the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions in Maryland: A Progress Report to Governor Hogan and the legislature. The report highlights progress made since MDE published the 2030 Greenhouse…
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When the water rises

By Carol Kaufmann   10/20/22  
A wildlife refuge along the Chesapeake Bay offers a “fast-motion” view of the effects of climate change and rising waters along the nation’s coastlines.
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Rising seas could swallow millions of U.S. acres within decades

By Brady Dennis   09/08/22  
New research finds an estimated 25,000 properties in Louisiana could slip below tidal boundary lines by 2050. Florida, Texas and North Carolina also face profound economic risks.
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A Controversial Ruling Puts Maryland’s Utility Companies In Charge Of Billions in Federal Funds

By Aman Azhar   07/30/22  
A recent decision by Maryland’s Public Service Commission (PSC) allowing electric utility companies to access millions of dollars in federal grants without public oversight or input violates the Commission’s regulatory responsibilities, the state agency representing…
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Climate Commission Ponders Task Ahead: Helping to Implement New Law

By Nene Narh - Mensah   06/23/22  
The Maryland Commission on Climate Change discussed The Climate Solutions Now Act and environmental justice Thursday, at one of its first meetings since the landmark climate bill passed through the General Assembly this spring.
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Maryland just passed one of the most aggressive climate laws in the US

By Jeff St. John   04/12/22  
Maryland has become the latest state to mandate an end to carbon emissions on a net basis economywide by midcentury, targeting electricity generation, building heating and transportation. The package also incorporates environmental-justice provisions. Backers are…
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MCPS 2022 Youth Climate Summit

03/05/22  
COVID-19 Information: The safety of all summit participants is a top priority. In consideration of current conditions for physical and human resources, this event will move to a virtual format. The day and times will…
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Power Your Maryland Home With Clean Energy—In Just Two Minutes

01/24/22  
As the effects of climate change continue to appear all around the world, combating climate change has never been more urgent. It’s hard to ignore the extreme hurricanes, wildfires, and heat waves in recent years…
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Latinos support land conservation goal for the Bay watershed

By Shanna Edberg   01/19/22  
As the 2022 session of the Maryland General Assembly gets under way, a coalition of environmentally minded lawmakers is expected to propose legislation that would protect 30% of the state’s lands and waters by 2030…
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Standard Solar acquires 2.9 MW community solar project in Maryland

By Anne Fischer   01/18/22  
A new community solar array will increase energy access and bring economic benefits, job creation, tax revenue and other tangible benefits to Carroll County, Maryland residents. Standard Solar, Inc., a specialist in the acquisition, development,…
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Poll Projection: Marylanders Want Climate Change This Legislative Cycle

By CBS Baltimore Staff   01/18/22  
A new poll shows that the majority of registered voters want the Maryland General Assembly to take action on climate change during the 2022 legislative session.
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Climate activists up the pressure on Md. lawmakers as session starts

By Elizabeth Shwe and Josh Kurtz   01/13/22  
Six Maryland environment professors penned a letter to the presiding officers of the General Assembly this week, imploring them to commit to reducing climate pollution in Maryland by 60% below 2006 levels by 2030. They…
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Maryland congressional delegation shares top environmental priorities during virtual meeting with epa regional administrator adam ortiz

01/12/22  
Members of Maryland’s congressional delegation gathered virtually Tuesday for their first official meeting with the newly appointed regional administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region III, Adam Ortiz. U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and…
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Maryland policymakers gather with legal marijuana, climate change and a multi-billion dollar in surplus on the agenda

By Erin Cox and Ovetta Wiggins   01/11/22  
Maryland lawmakers convene Wednesday with an unprecedented $4.6 billion state surplus and plans to tackle legalizing marijuana, mitigating climate change, potential tax relief and a host of other long-simmering — but unaddressed — goals in…
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Chesapeake Bay states are unlikely to reach EPA’s 2025 cleanup deadline at current pace, report finds

By Christine Condon   01/05/22  
Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia are unlikely to reach their joint Chesapeake Bay pollution limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency in time for a 2025 deadline, according to a report released Wednesday by the Chesapeake…
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