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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

Coal plant explosion should be a wake-up call

By Baltimore Sun Editorial Board   01/03/22  
Late Thursday morning, an explosion in Curtis Bay rattled buildings, broke windows and likely frayed some nerves. A buildup of coal dust at the CSX Coal Plant Building was blamed for the blast, which could…
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Maryland Department of Transportation Makes Plans for Total Electric Bus Fleet

By David Worford   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)…
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Groups urge bigger targets, more equity as RGGI states consider changes

By Lisa Prevost   12/21/21  
As the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, known as RGGI, undergoes a thorough review by participating states, environmental advocates are demanding more ambitious emission reduction targets and a mandate for equitable distribution of the revenues.
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How the coastal mid-Atlantic is haunted by sea-level rise

By Samantha Harrington   11/05/21  
From ghost forests to sinking farmland, coastal salt marshes are rapidly shifting as the oceans rise. The Local Motives team, Nate Murray and Cody Pfister, traveled to New Jersey and Maryland to understand the impact…
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The region can’t meet its climate change commitments without reducing car-dependence, a study reveals

By Bill Pugh   09/27/21  
This month the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB), the region’s lead transportation planning agency, presented two important initial findings from its Climate Change Mitigation Study on what it must do to tackle climate…
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Environmental groups welcome volunteers back to oyster planting in the Baltimore Harbor for the first time since the pandemic began

By Christine Condon   09/26/21  
Sunday, for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, volunteers made their way to Baltimore’s Downtown Sailing Center for a day of oyster gardening. College students and retirees alike converged on the docks to…
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Md. leaders kick off ‘drive electric’ week in Annapolis

By Luke Lukert   09/26/21  
Elected officials from Maryland met at the City Dock in Annapolis on Sunday to push drivers towards electric cars.The event kicked off National Drive Electric Week. “We know what climate change looks like in the…
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UMD students, other activists rally for climate legislation in front of McKeldin Library

By Shreya Vuttaluru   09/25/21  
The sky was cloudless and clear blue. A slight breeze blew 13-year-old Erin Dalgliesh’s hair Friday afternoon as they sat on the steps in front of McKeldin Library at the University of Maryland, waiting to…
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Montgomery County students take part in Global Climate Strike

By Randi Bass   09/24/21  
Environmental activist Greta Thunberg called on young people across the world to put climate change back in the spotlight, as part of her “Fridays for Future” Global Climate Strike on Friday. Students in our own…
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Md. Environmental Chief Hails New EPA Climate Rule and State’s Role as a Pathfinder

By Josh Kurtz   09/24/21  
Maryland Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles on Thursday hailed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for new rules phasing out a class of super-polluting gases that are far more potent than carbon dioxide.
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Roadway Floods in Maryland Caused More Than $15M in Economic Losses Last Year. These Projects Could Help

By Rosanne Skirble   09/22/21  
A new report puts a dollar value on what it means to get stuck on flooded roads in Maryland. In the first eight months of 2020, the economic cost of motorist and freight delays was…
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Washington County commissioners OK solar farm change designed to protect agriculture

By Mike Lewis   09/15/21  
The Washington County commissioners Tuesday approved a zoning change to protect the area's best farmland from being developed into solar fields. The proposal has been months in the making and was the topic of public…
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A bigger role for baby eels in preserving the Chesapeake Bay

By Nicole Asbury   09/15/21  
As states have been grappling with the impact of climate change, Maryland had a sign of hope — its American eel population in the Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay reached a record-high in recent years,…
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Baltimore is hooking up a Black megachurch with some serious solar battery power

By Maria Gallucci   09/14/21  
Empowerment Temple, a predominantly Black megachurch in Baltimore’s Park Heights area, is a place neighbors can often go for free meals, school supplies, and drive-thru COVID-19 tests. Soon, they’ll also be able to visit the…
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Md. Consumer Advocate Spotlights Utilities’ Links to Fossil Fuel Companies and Insurrectionists

By Josh Kurtz   09/08/21  
At first, it sounds like the typical arcana associated with the regulation of gas and electric utilities: The Maryland Office of People’s Counsel (OPC) last week intervened in a case before the Federal Energy Regulatory…
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US Wind Announces Major Offshore Wind Progress

By uswind_admin   08/03/21  
Today, US Wind, Inc. (“US Wind”), Maryland’s leader in offshore wind development, announced major steps forward in the development of offshore wind energy for Maryland, including major labor agreements to support US Wind’s first major…
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Developer of Ocean City wind farm plans Sparrows Point steel fabrication hub to serve expansion, larger industry

By Lorraine Mirabella   08/03/21  
A wind farm developer plans to bring steel production back to Sparrows Point, establishing a manufacturing hub to serve the growing wind energy industry that would start with a proposed expansion of offshore turbines in…
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Montgomery County Council introduces plans to increase building energy standards

By Stephanie Lai   07/20/21  
The Montgomery County Council is considering a measure that would require existing buildings over 25,000 square feet to cut their greenhouse gas emissions as part of its larger effort to tackle climate issues in the…
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Climate wreckage along Chesapeake fuels courtroom reckoning

By Maxine Joselow   07/16/21  
Jim Foster wonders if he should move away from this idyllic coastal community before the next storm. Foster, 63, has lived here on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay for nearly four decades. But he…
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Regional Transportation Board Vote May Quash Hopes For Maryland Toll Lane Project On I-495/I-270

By Jordan Pascale   06/16/21  
The region’s Transportation Planning Board has voted to remove Maryland’s I-495/I-270 toll project from its long-term plans, putting the future of the project in question.
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Maryland landfills pose bigger climate problem than previously thought

By Timothy B. Wheeler   06/16/21  
Throwing food away is more than wasteful. When it gets buried in a landfill, it generates methane, a climate-warming greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide.
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School bus fleet to go electric in Montgomery County, Maryland

By YCC Team   06/14/21  
Students in Montgomery County, Maryland, will soon have a cleaner, quieter ride to school. The local public school system is replacing 25 of its old diesel school buses with electric. And it plans to convert…
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A power plant in Maryland ditches coal for batteries, a first for the US

By Julian Spector   06/14/21  
Coal plants are shutting down across the U.S., but one in Maryland is switching to battery power in what appears to be a nationwide first. If successful, the transition could kick off a trend with…
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Md. Coal-Fired Power Plant Will Retire Five Years Early — Before Worker Retraining Kicks In

By Elizabeth Shwe   06/14/21  
The operator of the second largest coal-fired power plant in Maryland announced that the plant will retire next year, which is five years earlier than previously announced. GenOn Holdings plans to shut down two of…
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Maryland AG: Strike Down Trump’s Low Vehicle-Emissions Standards

By Diane Bernard   06/04/21  
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a public hearing this week to reconsider letting states decide their own vehicle-emissions standards, and Maryland's attorney general supports the change. The Trump administration ended the federal Clean Air…
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Winds of Change: Source of Power and Struggle

By Josh Kurtz   06/02/21  
In a nondescript building near BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, a glimpse of Maryland’s clean energy future is on vivid display. Climb up to the captain’s bridge on a replica of a Coast Guard cutter, but…
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Big Oil Pushes Maryland County’s Climate Case to Federal Court

By Ellen M. Gilmer   05/28/21  
Another climate case against BP Plc and other oil giants is in federal court after industry lawyers transferred it from Maryland state court. Anne Arundel County, Md., must now make its case against oil and…
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Here’s How to Get Clean Energy in DC, Maryland, and Virginia

05/24/21  
With all the talk about renewable energy on the Hill and in the White House, many DC area residents are wondering how they can support the clean energy movement in their daily lives. Well, good…
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Maryland Eyes Expansion of Geothermal Industry

By Elizabeth Shwe   05/18/21  
In an effort to reduce carbon emissions faster, Maryland lawmakers introduced a bill this year to promote the use of geothermal energy — one of the most efficient ways to heat and cool buildings —…
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$1 million study races to save oysters from acidification in Bay

By Jeremy Cox   05/17/21  
When Bruce Vogt launched his oyster farm a decade ago, he opted to raise his bivalves in a creek near the mouth of the York River because of its exceptionally clean water. But he worries…
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Supreme Court Gives Big Oil a Win in Climate Fight With Cities

By John Schwartz   05/17/21  
The Supreme Court handed a victory to fossil fuel companies on Monday in a major climate change case, but gave the industry far less than it had asked for.
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After setting ambitious climate goals, a liberal Md. suburb struggles to take action

By Rebecca Tan   04/12/21  
When Marc Elrich led a 2017 effort by the Montgomery County Council to set some of the most ambitious climate goals in the country, he didn’t have a “a clear path” for how to reach…
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Protestors gather at Montgomery County Executive’s home to demand climate action

By Randi Bass   03/24/21  
Around one dozen protestors gathered near Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich’s home in Takoma Park Wednesday morning, demanding climate action.
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Polluters Making a Mockery of Maryland’s Commitment to Clean Energy

By Oahidur Islam Roman   03/23/21  
Why is Maryland’s clean energy law subsidizing wealthy out-of-state corporate polluters?
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Opinion: Maryland is retreating on climate action

By Melvin Tull   03/17/21  
In his March 7 Local Opinions essay, “Who killed Montgomery County’s Community Solar?,” Maryland Del. Kumar P. Barve (D-Montgomery), chairman of the Environment & Transportation Committee, expressed dismay that the Montgomery County Council adopted a bill…
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CPV plans 175-MW solar farm on former coal mine in Maryland

By Ivan Shumkov   03/17/21  
Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) will be seeking clearance to build a 175-MW solar farm on the site of a coal mine in Maryland that closed recently.
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Environmental Bills — on ‘Black Liquor,’ Pollution Tracking and Composting — Move Forward in House

By Bennette Leckrone and Danielle E. Gaines   03/17/21  
Maryland lawmakers are looking to change the clean-energy classification of a controversial renewable energy source – but Republicans worry that doing so could drive up energy costs in the state.
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Maryland Senate passes climate act by wide margin

By Timothy B. Wheeler   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,…
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Maryland Senate passes measure to fight climate change

By Brian Witte   03/12/21  
The Maryland Senate voted Friday for a package of steps to fight climate change by planting 5 million trees over 10 years, increasing energy efficient buildings and committing to more electric state vehicle use.
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10 climate bills to watch in the Maryland General Assembly this session

By Christine Condon   03/10/21  
Numerous environmental bills are working their way through Maryland’s legislature this session, as lawmakers tout the urgency of acting to slow climate change.
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Biden administration backs nation’s biggest wind farm off Martha’s Vineyard

By Dino Grandoni and Juliet Eilperin   03/09/21  
The Biden administration took a crucial step Monday toward approving the nation’s first large-scale offshore wind farm about 12 nautical miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., a project that officials say will launch…
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Maryland school district replacing diesel school buses with electric

By Leighton Schneider   03/07/21  
Maryland's Montgomery County Public Schools announced a contract to replace its diesel buses with electric ones, starting with 326 electric buses over the next four years. It marks the single largest purchase of electric school buses…
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Maryland bill would refine environmental justice commission

By Madison Hunt   03/06/21  
A bill in the Maryland Senate would reform a commission to reflect the diversity within the state and expand to help vulnerable communities affected by environmental justice issues.
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Opinion: Montgomery County Council declared a ‘climate emergency’ — then sabotaged a solar program

By Kumar P. Barve   03/05/21  
Talk is cheap. Or, in the case of the Montgomery County Council, declaring a “climate emergency” and then sabotaging affordable clean energy.
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Md. Delegates Join National Group Dedicated to Holding Polluters Accountable for Climate Change

By Elizabeth Schwe   03/03/21  
Four Maryland lawmakers joined a national network of public officials who support holding corporate polluters accountable for their contributions to the climate crisis.
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A Texas-type blackout or water crisis is unlikely in the region. But we’re not in the clear.

By Robert McCartney   03/01/21  
A Texas-scale power blackout or water crisis is unlikely in the Washington region, but neither is impossible given the increasing severity of storms, freezes and other weather events owing to climate change.
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Maryland Capital Sues Oil, Gas Companies Over Climate Change

By Amy O' Connor   03/01/21  
Maryland’s capital city has filed a lawsuit against 26 oil and gas companies, saying their industry was taking the environment to a point where fighting climate change would be difficult.
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Maryland Bill Would Charge Companies For Carbon Pollution

By Madison Hunt   02/26/21  
Maryland lawmakers would charge fees on fossil fuels and high-emissions vehicles to reduce pollution within the state - and send the first $350 million annually to fund schools - under a bill in the state’s…
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Maryland releases long-awaited climate plan

By Bill Opalka   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. (Maryland Matters)
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Opinion: How Maryland can become a leader on climate change

By Tony Bridges and John B. King Jr.   02/19/21  
Too often when we hear about climate change, it feels like an enormous crisis that is almost too big to tackle. As the nation confronts a continued national reckoning with systemic racism, a divided democracy…
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