We can power all of Maryland with clean energy

Too much of our energy comes from coal, oil and other dirty sources that wreak havoc on our environment.

We are surrounded by clean energy options here in Maryland — the power of the sun and the wind, the heat of the earth, and even the energy leaking from drafty windows. By using energy more efficiently and tapping our vast renewable energy resources, we can move to 100% clean energy that doesn’t pollute and never runs out.

The area off our coast, just 12 miles out from Ocean City, has the potential to be one of the most productive areas for harnessing wind power in America.

We have the momentum

With the backing of Environment Maryland staff, members, and supporters, along with the Offshore Wind Coalition, Maryland passed historic legislation last year to harness offshore wind off the cost of Ocean City.  With this momentum behind him, Governor O’Malley released a strong climate change plan to further strengthen our renewable energy standards.

These were major steps in the right direction, but we still have a long way to go.  Environment Maryland helped pass historic clean energy laws in 2004 and 2008, and our work continues.  Our current standards mandate that 20% of Maryland’s energy comes from renewable sources by 2025.  Working with the Maryland Climate Coalition’s Cleaner Power--Brighter Maryland campaign, we have the opportunity to double that goal and reach 40% renewable energy by 2020. 

We face powerful opposition from some utilities and the fossil fuel industry, who'd like to keep us dependent on dirty energy sources, such as coal. They’ve built their business around the dirty, dangerous fuels of the past, and they’re reluctant to change. That's why we need to build and demonstrate the support for clean energy from Marylanders like you.

Clean energy works for Maryland

Three years ago, Environment Maryland helped build the Offshore Wind Coalition, a diverse group of environmental, labor, faith, business, and other community groups, and successfully pushed for the passage of a new law in 2013, that guarantees the construction of an offshore wind farm 10 miles or more off the coast of Ocean City.  Thanks to the hard work of our members, allies and supporters, Maryland is poised to become a national leader in wind power.

Now we're working with the Maryland Climate Coalition to get cities, businesses, and Marylanders committed to a 40% clean energy goal, and ensure citizens across the state can reap the benefits of clean, local energy.

Join our campaign today. Urge Gov. O’Malley and Maryland lawmakers to embrace a goal of 40% clean energy by 2025.

 


Clean energy updates

News Release | Environment Maryland

Maryland Charging Ahead toward Electric Cars & Trucks

Maryland joined 7 other states to unveil an action plan to put more than 3 million electric cars on the road within a dozen years.  This partnership between eight leading states outlines steps each will take to build the infrastructure and develop the markets for zero-emission vehicles; including passenger cars, trucks and transit buses.  These eight states are among the 10 states that have adopted strong policies to drive increasingly cleaner, advanced technology cars. Zero-emission vehicles include battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles which can travel increasingly longer distances on electricity alone. These technologies enable transportation without oil.

Travis Madsen, Global Warming Solutions Program Manager for Environment Maryland, issued the following statement applauding the plan:

“Governor Martin O’Malley and the leaders of the seven partner states deserve tremendous credit for taking this step to promote clean, electric cars that will reduce pollution and our dependence on oil.   Thanks to strong policies adopted by Maryland and others, there have been tremendous advances on electric cars, with more than 190,000 now on America’s roads.  The progress we’ve made so far should give us confidence that we can take electric cars to the next level. 

“By adopting consumer incentives and other key policies, the plan released today can help make electric cars as convenient, affordable and widespread as cars currently powered by oil. This is a crucial strategy to protect our children and future generations from the worst impacts of global warming – and it will help protect our health by cleaning up air pollution.

“We applaud the release of today’s Multi-State Action Plan and look forward to working with Governor O’Malley and climate leaders across the country to accelerate the transition to clean, electric vehicles.”

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News Release | Environment Maryland

Maryland Takes Action to Reduce Climate-Altering Carbon Pollution

Annapolis, MD—On January 6th, the State of Maryland finalized improvements to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a pioneering effort to clean up climate-altering carbon pollution from power plants. The new rules, just published in the Maryland Register, will reduce power plant pollution in the region by 15 percent with the decade.

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News Release | Environment Maryland

Massive Conservation Coalition Calls for Bold Action to Advance Offshore Wind Power

Baltimore, MD--With critical federal tax incentives set to expire on December 31, several local, state and national organizations joined Environment Maryland, the National Wildlife Federation , and over 230 other organizations and elected officials Wednesday to urge the Obama administration to take swift, bold action to facilitate the development of offshore wind power, such as the offshore wind legislation that Governor O’Malley and Maryland advocates helped to make a reality this past year. 

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News Release | Environment Maryland

Wind Energy Could Yield Major Environmental Benefits for Maryland– Reducing Pollution and Saving Water

Baltimore, MD—Maryland has the potential to reap huge environmental benefits from the development of offshore wind, according to a new report released today by Environment Maryland. If state and federal officials commit to continued progress in launching Maryland’s offshore wind industry, Maryland could reduce global warming pollution by 21,167 metric tons in 2018 – equivalent to the carbon pollution produced by more than 39,569 passenger vehicles.

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Report | Environment Maryland

Wind Energy for a Cleaner America II

Burning fossil fuels to generate electricity pol- lutes our air, contributes to global warming, and consumes vast amounts of water—harm- ing our rivers and lakes and leaving less water for other uses. In contrast, wind energy produces no air pollution, makes no contribution to global warming, and uses no water.

America’s wind power capacity has quadrupled in the last five years and wind energy now generates as much electricity as is used every year in Georgia. Thanks to wind energy, America uses less water for power plants and produces less climate-altering carbon pollution.

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