Maryland Energy regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Maryland Energy: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Renewable energy:

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Renewable energy portfolio standard: Maryland Code Annotated, Public Utility Companies (Md. Code Ann., PUC) 7-701 to 7-713, Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR): 20.61.01 to 20.61.05, and House Bill (HB) 226

Energy efficiency: Md. Code Ann., PUC 7-211

Regulatory Agencies

Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC)

Maryland Energy Administration (MEA)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. To date, the federal government's involvement in renewable energy programs has been limited to voluntary programs and providing financial incentives for renewable energy generation. However, Maryland state legislation has established a renewable energy portfolio standard and energy efficiency legislation.

Administration and enforcement. The Maryland Public Service Commission administers the state's renewable energy portfolio standard. The Maryland Energy Administration, with assistance from PSC, administers the energy efficiency programs.

State Requirements


Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard

Md. Code Ann., PUC 7-701 to 7-713, COMAR 20.61.01 to 20.61.05, and HB 226

Maryland's renewable energy portfolio standard statutes require each electric utility company that sells electricity in Maryland to use renewable energy resources to generate a given percentage of power (based on retail sales), as listed in the Table in this section.

In 2013, HB 226 created a "carve-out" for offshore wind energy within the Total Tier I renewable energy resource requirements, similar to the current "carve-out" for solar. Beginning in 2017, a certain percentage of total Tier ...

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