Maryland Governor Signs Collection of Clean Energy Bills

Maryland On May 20, 2010 Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed four clean energy bills continuing the state’s leadership in sustainability.  The new legislation includes the following:

  • HB 469 creates a motor vehicle excise tax and a credit against the excise tax for electric vehicles.  The credit applies to qualified plug-in electric vehicles and is equal to 100% of the State vehicle excise tax imposed, not to exceed $2000. 
  • HB 674 authorizes plug-in electric vehicles with MD permits to use high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes along the two federal highways in Maryland. 
  • HB 464 extends both the termination date of the existing clean energy production tax credit and the date by which a facility must begin producing qualified energy in order to claim the credit.  The new termination date is December 31, 2010 and the extended qualifying production date is January 1, 2016.   
  •  SB 277 increases the annual percentage requirements under Maryland’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) for electricity from solar energy sources between 2011 and 2016.  The updated RPS requires a 0.5% carve-out for solar by 2016 compared to 0.35% in the earlier RPS.  The alternative compliance payment (ACP) for failing to meet the solar requirement will also increase by $0.05 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) in 2011 and by $0.10 per kWh beginning in 2013.  

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