Clean Energy

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia House and Senate have approved sweeping energy legislation that would overhaul how the state's utilities generate electricity.

Both chambers on Tuesday passed the Clean Economy Act, which would pave the way for a major expansion of solar, wind and battery storage.

Supporters say the legislation would move the state from the back of the pack to the forefront of green energy and help address climate change.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says a renewable energy measure isn't clean enough, and he is announcing his own goal of reaching 100 percent clean energy in the state by 2040.

Hogan said Wednesday he won't veto a measure approved by the General Assembly, but it will become law without his signature.

The legislature's bill increases the state's Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard from 25 percent by 2020 to 50 percent by 2030. But the Republican governor says he has serious concerns that the measure could send too many jobs out of the state.

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There were miniature plastic wind turbines on display as supporters of clean energy rallied outside the House of Delegates in Annapolis.

They were backing the Clean Energy Jobs Act as it got its first legislative hearing.

The measure is sponsored by state Senator Brian Feldman who told a news conference that the economic and environmental benefits of the bill were “a no brainer”.

The measure requires that Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard be doubled in the next ten years with 50 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030.

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Environmentalists in Maryland appear to believe they now have the wind at their backs offering up the prospect of getting the General Assembly to approve the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act in the next legislative session.

The measure calls for increasing the state’s renewal energy sources for the state’s electricity to 50 percent by 2030 and to come up with a plan for 100 percent by 2040.

While Governor Larry Hogan vetoed an earlier version of the measure that called for 25 percent by 2020 he has not weighed in on the current legislation.

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The Salisbury University campus Republicans are campaigning for an upgrade in Maryland's electric grid as part of a national effort to push for more clean energy. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush reports they are doing so even as the Trump administration has turned its back on climate change.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Ben Cardin and Rep. John Delaney are scheduled to discuss clean energy goals.

The Maryland Democrats will be meeting with reporters on Thursday to talk about the benefits of the country getting half of its energy from clean and non-carbon sources by 2030.

This week, lawmakers in Congress will introduce resolutions affirming the goal.

It is supported by 25 senators and 70 members of the House.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure to raise Maryland's clean energy use to 25 percent by 2020 has the backing of a key committee chairman in the House of Delegates.

Del. Dereck Davis, a Prince George's County Democrat who chairs the House Economic Matters Committee, said Tuesday he supports raising the state's current clean energy mandate of 20 percent by 2022.

The bill will be introduced in the next legislative session, which starts Jan. 13.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia legislators and "clean energy" advocates are seeking a comprehensive review of natural gas pipelines that include two that would be laid from West Virginia and through Virginia.

They plan to outline their pitch to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday. They argue that the present review is piecemeal.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Several groups are set to rally at the State Capitol in Richmond in support of federal proposals for clean power.

The Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club says faith-based, public health, student and environmental groups are gathering on Wednesday.

The environmental organization says the groups are demanding action to dramatically scale up clean energy in Virginia.

The rally is scheduled to take place on the heels of a joint meeting of the Virginia House and Senate Commerce and Labor Committees on the Clean Power Plan.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A coalition of advocates for clean energy plans to wade into Baltimore Harbor to call attention to climate change.

The group will be calling on Maryland lawmakers Friday to double wind and solar power in Maryland next year.

Participants will wade into the harbor in waist-high boots.

Josh Tulkin, director of the Maryland Sierra Club, is scheduled to attend. Mike Tidwell, director of Chesapeake Climate Action Network also is scheduled to attend.