MD lawmakers eye energy efficiency boost by Timothy B. Wheeler

Hogan administration had opposed raising goal

Trisha Miller of WISHROCK, an affordable housing developer, explains the benefits of Maryland's EmPOWER energy efficiency incentive program at a press conference in Baltimore. (Timothy B. Wheeler)
Trisha Miller of WISHROCK, an affordable housing developer, explains the benefits of Maryland’s EmPOWER energy efficiency incentive program at a press conference in Baltimore. (Timothy B. Wheeler)

Even as Maryland lawmakers face a decision on whether to try to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a renewable energy measure, another potential confrontation is brewing over how involved the state should be in helping consumers reduce electricity usage.

Leaders of the General Assembly have scheduled votes this week in the House and Senate on whether to override Hogan’s veto of legislation passed overwhelmingly last year that would increase Maryland’s commitment to getting power from renewable sources such as wind turbines and solar arrays.Lawmakers last year approved a bill that pledged the state to get 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020 — up from the current goal of 20 percent by 2022. Hogan vetoed it, calling it a de facto tax on electric ratepayers because they might have to subsidize more expensive solar or wind power.

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