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Maryland overrides clean energy jobs act veto

UNITED STATES: The Maryland legislature has passed the Clean Energy Jobs act, overriding a veto by Governor Larry Hogan.

Governor Larry Hogan vetoed the Clean Energy Jobs act in May 2016 (pic: Maryland Gov Pics)
Governor Larry Hogan vetoed the Clean Energy Jobs act in May 2016 (pic: Maryland Gov Pics)

The act increases the state's renewable portfolio standard to 25% by 2020 — up from the previous target of 20%. 

Hogan vetoed the act in May 2016, claiming it was a tax on the consumer. However, Maryland's legislators passed the bill with a big-enough margin to give them the option to override the veto.

Both Maryland's Senate and House of Delegates voted to push the legislation through this week. 

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) welcomed the veto override: "Making the Clean Energy Jobs act law is the right decision for Maryland. Renewable energy legislation is pro-growth, pro-business, and means access to more jobs in Maryland," said AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan.

According to AWEA, Oregon, New York, Massachusetts, Michigan, Rhode Island, and Washington DC — equal to roughly a quarter of the US population — have chosen to raise their renewable energy goals over the past year while adding jobs and investment.

California, Oregon, New York and Hawaii have standards aiming for 50% renewable energy and beyond.

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