Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) will allow a much-debated Maryland renewable energy bill mandating that Maryland’s electric utilities get half of their energy from renewable sources by 2030 to become law without his signature.

But he expressed serious reservations about the Clean Energy Jobs Act and cast his decision to let the bill to take effect as a good-faith effort to jump-start a conversation about getting the state to 100 percent renewable energy use by 2040.

Hogan said he would introduce his own legislative package next year to put Maryland on a path to 100 percent clean electricity.

With Hogan’s decision, Maryland will become the first state with a Republican governor to commit to a 50 percent Renewable Portfolio Standard — and the 10th overall.

Read the full report from Maryland Matters.

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