星期一, 4月 12, 2021
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Hecht's solar energy bill set to pass

An amendment that threw Delegate Sue Hecht's solar energy bill into doubt has been stripped, and the legislation looks set to pass this evening.
The measure builds on a 2004 law that mandates at least 7.5 percent of energy supplied by a power company be from renewable sources such as wind or solar by 2017.


Hecht's legislation would increase the minimum amount of renewable energy by 2 percent and require that addition be strictly solar.


Power companies would have until 2022 to comply.


Hecht's bill was similar to that of Sen. Rob Garagiola, a Montgomery County Democrat. His legislation is on its way to the governor's desk to be signed into law. A conference committee of lawmakers assigned to reconcile the two bills removed an amendment, clearing the way for the legislation to move ahead.


The Frederick Democrat's legislation is being printed, a formal step before the bill returns to the House, then crosses over to the Senate. Hecht is hopeful the legislation will pass before midnight — the close of the session.


Hecht's and Garagiola bills are "the same now, so we're just pushing to get both sides done."

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