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New Report: Maryland Ranks 12th in the Nation in Solar Power

BALTIMORE, MD – Today, Environment Maryland Research & Policy Center released Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America’s Top 12 Solar States, a new report highlighting the solar energy boom across the country. The report ranks Maryland 12th in the nation per capita for solar installations. This makes Maryland one of the dozen states that have led the nation in solar energy with supportive policies and a commitment to continued expansion. Last year, solar capacity in Maryland grew by 68%, bringing it to a total of 109 Megawatts.

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Report | Environment Maryland

Lighting The Way

Solar energy is on the rise. America has more than three times as much solar photovoltaic capacity today as in 2010, and more than 10 times as much as in 2007. In the first three months of 2013, solar power accounted for nearly half of the new electricity generating capacity in the United States. The price of solar energy is falling rapidly, and each year tens of thousands of additional Americans begin to reap the benefits of clean energy from the sun, generated right on the rooftops of their homes or places of business.

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President Obama’s Climate Plan a Clear Victory for Maryland, Future Generations

Today, President Obama announced a climate plan that will set limits on carbon pollution from power plants, advance energy efficiency and increase the nation’s commitment to renewable energy. Environment Maryland offered special praise for the president’s pledge to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants. More than 3.2 million Americans submitted public comments last year in support of the president setting limits on carbon pollution from power plants.

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Report | Environment Maryland Research & Policy Center

In the Path of the Storm

Since 2007 , federally declared weather-related disasters in the United States have affected counties housing 243 million people – or nearly four out of five Americans. The breadth and severity of weather-related disasters in the United States – coupled with the emerging science on the potential for global warming to exacerbate some types of extreme weather – suggest that the United States should take urgent action to reduce emissions of global warming pollution, while taking steps to prepare for the dangers posed by climate change.

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Every Single Maryland County Hit By At Least One Recent Weather Disaster

After another year in which many parts of the country were hit by scorching heat, devastating wildfires, crippling drought, severe storms and record flooding, a new Environment Maryland Research & Policy Center report finds that weather-related disasters have affected Marylanders across the state and millions of Americans across the country, and documents how global warming could lead to certain extreme weather events becoming even more common or more severe in the future.

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