Tag: Green Maryland Act

Solar boost, other green measures become law

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.

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Senate OKs green purchasing push

A bill requiring state facilities to make “greener” decisions when purchasing materials won unanimous Senate approval Wednesday. Lawmakers promised to monitor the effect on manufacturers who claimed the measure would cost jobs.

The Green Maryland Act increases the purchase of recycled paper, enforces composting where available and establishes a committee that would monitor the bill’s effect on business.

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