MD Clean Energy Jobs bill gets first hearing in house, senate
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – A bill that’s made an appearance before in the general assembly last year is back again. On Friday, The Maryland Clean Energy Jobs act was introduced to members of the economic matters committee. Lawmakers say the bill would set a new statewide renewable portfolio standard. Requiring Maryland to make sure that 50 percent of electricity comes from renewable energy sources by 2020. Supporters add that if this bill passes it would bring close to 20,000 new solar energy jobs to the state.But other legislators say that while the bill has it’s perks, they don’t see the need to change what current law has in place right now
“It’s important to note that we have not even reached the current the standards in the statute that 25% by 2020 so by bringing this bill now, it seems a little premature from my perspective,” said Delegate Chris Adams (R-District 37B).
Adams adds that the Economic Matters Committee, which he serves on, will have an opportunity to make a final decision on the bill within the next couple of weeks.