The 428th session of the Maryland General Assembly ended Monday night and once again the Maryland Energy Administration led Governor O’Malley’s ambitious energy agenda with successful passage of six different administration energy bills. Another seven MEA-supported energy measures were also enacted. While we will have to try again next session to advance our offshore wind bill and several other important measures, our efforts have secured Maryland’s reputation as a national clean energy leader.
Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard – Maryland Renewable Energy Credits – Solar Water Heating Systems:
HB 933/SB 717: This bill establishes solar water heating systems as a Tier 1 renewable source eligible to meet the Tier 1 solar portion of Maryland’s renewable energy portfolio standard (RPS). An owner of a solar water heating system installed after June 1, 2011, may receive solar renewable energy credits (SRECs) equal to the amount of electricity saved by using a solar water heating system. Those credits may then be sold to meet Maryland’s RPS goal of 20% renewable generation by 2022 with in-state solar water heating credits.
Official Link: http://mlis.state.md.us/2011rs/billfile/sb0717.htm