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Maryland ups RPS goal to 25%

Governor Martin O’Malley says state can reach new target by 2020

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Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (pictured) today unveiled an aggressive new plan to fight climate change.

He wants to increase Maryland's use of renewable energy such as wind and solar to 25% of electricity generation by 2020. The previous target was 20% by 2022.

Maryland, which has some of the most ambitious goals for reducing emissions in the United States, in 2009 passed the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act. It requires the governor to develop a plan that meets that goal without causing economic harm.

State lawmakers are required to vote in 2015 whether to continue with the plan O'Malley presented today.

The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan also calls on residents to cut energy consumption and directs the state to create greener building codes and more public transit and put less trash in landfills.

(MD Gov)

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