The Maryland Climate Coalition has announced the launch of a new radio ad aimed at overriding the veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act, a bill that would expand Maryland’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS), in the 2017 legislative session. The 30-second radio spot, which calls on Marylanders to contact their state legislators, will air on WLIF (101.9) through Nov. 15.
“Increasing our renewable energy use will create good, family-supporting jobs, and reduce air pollution that impacts our health. This is a necessary step to help Marylanders do our part to address climate change,” says Tiffany Hartung of the Maryland Climate Coalition. “The General Assembly needs to support the Clean Energy Jobs Act in 2017.”
Although the Clean Energy Jobs Act was approved by the General Assembly by broad margins earlier this year, Gov. Larry Hogan, R-Md., ultimately vetoed the legislation. If state lawmakers overturn the veto in the 2017 session, the bill would expand Maryland’s current renewable portfolio standard from 20% by 2022 (with a 2% solar carve-out) to 25% by 2020 (with a 2.5% solar carve-out). According to the Maryland Climate Coalition, the bill would result in approximately 1.3 GW more of clean energy and advance workforce development in the clean energy sector.
The ad can be heard here.