A bill that would require utilities to include 2% solar power in their electricity mix by 2022 has passed both the House and Senate in Maryland. The two legislative branches now must reach an agreement on penalties that utilities will pay if they fail to meet the requirements, according to MarylandReporter.com.
The bill's opponents claim that the additional costs associated with the bill will be passed on to ratepayers and could harm businesses. Proponents, however, point to the job growth that the measure would introduce.
The legislation's sponsor, State Sen. Robert Garagiola, D-Montgomery, reportedly expects the bill to reach the desk of Gov. Martin O'Malley by the end of the day Monday.