In May, Gov. Larry Hogan announced that he would allow two key clean energy and transportation bills to take effect. The bills will help unlock a Maryland clean energy future.

Alarming new data and careful scientific studies reiterate that we must take bold and immediate action to tackle climate change. Businesses are already heeding this call by investing in clean energy and setting bold emissions reduction targets. However, business action alone is not enough. We need smart policy solutions from all levels of government.

This session, a bipartisan group of Maryland lawmakers approved two ambitious bills aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and addressing the impacts of climate change. These bills — the Clean Energy Jobs Act and the Regional Transportation and Climate Protection Act — would help to curb carbon emissions from Maryland’s power plants and transportation sector.

The Clean Energy Jobs Act sets a target for 50 percent of the state’s electricity generation to come from renewables by 2030 and commits the state to examine pathways to achieve 100 percent clean power by 2040. It would also jumpstart Maryland’s offshore wind industry by incentivizing 1,200 megawatts of new clean energy generation along the coasts.

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