Maryland 50% RPS Bill To Become Law As Governor Won't Veto
Higher Solar Carve-Out For Retail Suppliers Starts In 2019
Governor Expresses Support For Nuclear, Hydropower In Newly Proposed 100% Zero Carbon Target
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Maryland's 50% RPS bill, SB0516, will become law as Governor Larry Hogan said that he won't veto the bill
Hogan will allow the bill to take effect without his signature, though he expressed several concerns with the bill.
Hogan instead outlined a Clean and Renewable Energy Standard (CARES), proposing 100% 'clean' (zero carbon) electricity by 2040.
Hogan's vision specifically includes, among other things,
• Recognizing the "clean and safe" aspects of nuclear energy
• Supporting hydropower
Hogan did not outline specific policies to achieve these goals.
SB0516 gradually increases the RPS each year to 50% by 2030
Notably, the bill also increases the solar carve-out effective in 2019. The carve-out jumps from the original 1.95% required in 2019 to 5.5% now required in 2019, gradually increasing to equal 14.5% by 2030
If the actual or projected dollar–for–dollar cost incurred or to be incurred by an electricity supplier solely for the purchase of Tier 1 renewable energy credits derived from solar energy in any 1 year is greater than or equal to, or is anticipated to be greater than or equal to, 6.0% of the electricity supplier’s total annual electricity sales revenues in Maryland, the electricity supplier may request that the PSC: (i) delay by 1 year each of the scheduled percentages for solar energy that would apply to the electricity supplier; and (ii) allow the renewable energy portfolio standard for solar energy for that year to continue to apply to the electricity supplier for the following year
Additionally, the bill requires that electric suppliers submit to the PSC a report that, "documents the level of participation of minority
business enterprises and minorities in the activities that support the
creation of renewable energy credits used to satisfy the standard
under § 7–703 of this subtitle [the RPS standards], including development, installation, and
operation of generating facilities that create credits."
The bill also provides for a second round of offshore wind applications