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Maryland doubles offshore target

Lawmakers in Maryland passed a bill doubling the state's offshore wind target by adding a further 1.2GW of capacity by 2030.

Governor Larry Hogan speaking in Baltimore, Maryland, in March (pic: Maryland GovPics)
Governor Larry Hogan speaking in Baltimore, Maryland, in March (pic: Maryland GovPics)

The Clean Energy Jobs Act also increases the eastern state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 50%, and requires the state to evaluate steps to reach 100% clean energy by 2040.

The bill will now go to the Republican governor, Larry Hogan, for his signature.

Hogan could veto it, but two Democrat-led chambers of the legislature can override his veto because they were elected with a three-fifths majority in both chambers.

In 2016, Hogan vetoed a bill that would have increased Maryland's RPS from 20% to 25% by 2020, citing fears that it would lead to increased taxes.

Regardless, the offshore wind sector is off to a good start in Maryland.

State regulators approved financial support — in the form of offshore renewable energy credits (ORECs) — in 2017 for Ørsted's 120MW Skipjack and US Wind's 270MW MarWin projects, both planned for sites off the coast of Ocean City.

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