CCAN Action Fund is working with wind and solar industry representatives and other climate advocates on initiatives that are affordable, would create thousands of good-paying jobs, AND help us save a habitable planet for future generations. We can unleash more than 5,000 wind and solar jobs in the next few years just by addressing needless regulatory complications. We can go from losing more than 10,000 energy efficiency jobs during the pandemic to leading the nation in annual energy rate savings. We can keep fossil fuel-powered cars off the road by investing federal stimulus dollars in maintaining and ultimately expanding public transit. We can capitalize on federal infrastructure funds to electrify our school bus fleet. With the COVID-19 shutdowns putting one out of every six Marylanders out of work, we now know investing in clean energy is one way to stimulate the economy and get people back on their feet.
Strengthening Environmental Rulemaking at the Maryland Public Service Commission
CCAN joined a coalition of environmental and renewable energy groups that signed onto the following letter addressed to the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC).
READ MORE HERE: Utility-Scale Solar Energy Coalition (“USSEC”) submit recommendations to the Maryland Public Service Commission for upcoming rulemaking regarding the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity application process.
CCAN also joined industry partners in promoting HB777/SB417 to better streamline the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity process. Though the bill passed with large margins of support, Governor Hogan vetoed it – yet another sign that he does not support clean energy. We worked alongside our friends in the solar industry to successfully override this veto in the December Special Session in late 2021.
Macroeconomic and Fiscal Impacts of Expanded Utility-Scale Solar Generation in Maryland
A 2020 study by the Center for Climate Strategies found that accelerated deployment of utility-scale solar can help meet in-state Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) demand and is expected to increase new direct local investment in Maryland by up to $442 million by 2030.
Key findings include that policy induced deployment of utility-scale solar will significantly increase new net sources of investment and associated tax revenue coming into the state. The “CPCN Process Policy Option” (CPPO) scenario is expected to increase new net direct local investment in Maryland by $441,883,693 over the next ten years with $77,613,133 in additional tax revenue for state and local governments.