Two public health and medical professionals write that they see the health of Marylanders is an overarching issue connecting two important pieces of unfinished business facing our state legislators in this session. One is passing a ban on hydraulic fracturing – “fracking.” The second is overriding the Governor’s veto of bipartisan legislation to increase our state’s target for renewable energy
Maryland’s utilities will have to step up the amount of solar power in the mix of energy they sell to customers, under a bill signed into law Thursday by Gov. Martin O’Malley.
The change and other pro-environment measures were a focus of O’Malley’s scheduled bill signing. But the solar measures, which will push utilities to make solar power 2 percent of their energy mix by 2022, were especially controversial.