Solar panels located off Route 50 near Chesapeake College on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Renewable Energy Solar panels located off Route 50 near Chesapeake College on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. © Matt Kane / TNC


Statement on Passage of 2019 Maryland Renewable Energy Legislation

Bethesda, MD

The following is a statement from Maryland/DC chapter Executive Director Tim Purinton on the passage of 2019 Maryland renewable energy legislation.

"Maryland took a groundbreaking step towards tackling climate change by passing the Clean Energy Jobs Act, which sets us on the course to achieving energy independence and jumpstarting our green economy.

As our state prepares to increase its investment and deployment of renewable energy, it’s crucial that we do so sustainably and with input from diverse stakeholders.  That’s why the Nature Conservancy in Maryland and DC will be working closely with those stakeholders—including state and local governments—to accelerate renewable deployment in a way that maximizes economic benefits and improves energy security while also protecting our natural resources and prime farmlands.  

We only get one chance to do this right.”

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