Renewable Energy Generation (% of Total)
Total Renewable Generation Capacity
Solar Energy Capacity in Maryland
Renewable Energy Generation as % of Maryland's Total Energy Generation
Renewable Energy Generated by Type in Maryland
2006 Electricity Generation by Source in Maryland
2012 Electricity Generation by Source in Maryland
In-State Renewable Energy Generating Capacity (Actual and Projected)
Are We Meeting Our Goals?
Investing in Maryland’s in-state renewable energy resources strengthens our economy, creates jobs, and ensures Maryland has sustainable energy resources moving forward. When the O’Malley-Brown Administration took office in 2007 less than six percent of the energy generated in Maryland was from renewable sources and Maryland’s solar power industry was virtually nonexistent. The Administration set a goal to increase Maryland’s in-state renewable generation to 20% by 2022.
While we are making progress towards our goal, we still have a long way to go. Through the end of 2012, we’ve increased Maryland’s renewable energy to nearly eight percent of total energy generation, a 40 percent increase.
Actions Taken Towards Goal
- Last year, the O’Malley-Brown Administration proposed and the General Assembly passed the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013, incentivizing the creation of up to 500 MW of offshore wind capacity. The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is on track to complete construction on our first offshore wind plant by 2018.
- In 2011, Exelon committed to building 170-185 MW of new renewable energy generation in Maryland by 2022 as part of their merger with Constellation including $30 M pledged for offshore wind development. MEA is using the funds to invest in infrastructure, industrial capacity, education, workforce development and research methods to reduce the cost of offshore wind energy.
- In 2009, Governor O’Malley and Maryland’s General Assembly charged the State with developing a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan that will reduce greenhouse gases 25 percent by the year 2020. Released last year, Maryland’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan includes 150 programs and initiatives to drive down greenhouse gases 25 percent, generate $1.6 B in economic benefits and support over 37,000 jobs.
- In 2008 the General Assembly doubled Maryland's Renewable Portfolio Standard to require that 20 percent of Maryland's energy be created by renewable resources by 2022, including 2 percent from solar energy. Today Maryland’s solar industry has grown from less than 1 MW created per year to 132 MW.
- Together, MEA and Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services are installing solar panels on seven Maryland prisons.
- Through Project Sunburst, the MEA supported 16 solar energy installations on public buildings across the State creating 8.8 MW of solar power capacity.
- Through the Generating Clean Horizons program in 2009, the State of Maryland and the University of Maryland System (USM) partnered to purchase energy from new renewable systems in the State, resulting in 16.1 MW of solar energy and 10 MW of land based wind energy.
How Can I Get Involved?
- If you're a Maryland resident and would like to learn more about the clean energy production incentives available to you, click here!
- If you're a Maryland business and would like to learn about the clean energy production incentives available to you, click here!
- Click here to view all the energy incentives available through the Maryland Energy Administration!
- Visit the Maryland Energy Administration website or view a map which includes renewable projects receiving a contribution of funds from the Maryland Energy Administration.