Maryland now has a sound clean energy goal: 100 percent clean electricity by 2040.

This goal is smart because it specifies a clear purpose: reliable, affordable, clean electricity; no greenhouse gas emissions by whatever sustainable technology proves to be cost effective.

The goal is technology agnostic; it does not guess at technology solutions. One hundred percent clean is a simple stable ultimate performance goal. It is essential to achieve this goal because other sectors (such as plugin electric vehicles) rely on clean electricity to be effective. Now that Maryland’s goal is zero greenhouse gas emissions (100 percent clean), the next task is a cost/benefit assessment of alternative system designs.

Read the full opinion report from Maryland Matters.

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