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HB 226 - Establishes Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credits - Key Vote

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -
Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (House) (88-48) - (Key vote)

Title: Establishes Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credits

Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) (30-15) - (Key vote)

Title: Establishes Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credits

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that establishes Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credits.

Highlights:
  • Authorizes the Public Service Commission to review and approve development proposals to establish offshore wind projects between 10 and 30 miles off the coast of Maryland (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes the sale “offshore wind renewable energy credits” (ORECs) which are equal to 1 megawatt-hour of electricity (Sec. 1).
  • Prohibits the monthly cost for offshore wind renewable energy credits from exceeding $1.50 per month for residents and from exceeding 1.5 percent of annual electricity bills for non-residential customers (Sec. 1).
  • Prohibits offshore wind energy from exceeding 2.5 percent of the total energy retail sales in the state (Sec. 1).
  • Requires the OREC price schedule to be less than $190 per megawatt hour in 2012 dollars (Sec. 1).
  • Prohibits offshore wind projects from selling ORECs until electricity supply is generated by the offshore wind project (Sec. 1).
  • Prohibits the state from being responsible for a debt in connection with a qualified wind project (Sec. 1).
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (86-48) - (Key vote)

Title: Establishes Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credits

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that establishes Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credits.

Highlights:
  • Establishes the Maryland Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credit (OREC) that provides a renewable energy credit equal to 1 megawatt-hour of electricity that is derived from offshore wind energy (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes the Public Service Commission to review and approve development proposals submitted by individuals to establish offshore wind projects between 10 and 30 miles off the coast of Maryland (Sec. 1).
  • Prohibits the Public Service Commission from approving the application of a proposed offshore wind project unless the project meets certain criteria including, but not limited to, the following (Sec. 1):
    • The proposed project demonstrates positive net economic, environmental, and health benefits to the state;
    • The projected net rate increase for an average residential customer does not exceed $1.50 per month;
    • The projected net rate increase for an average non-residential customer does not exceed  1.5 percent of the customer's total annual electric bills; and
    • The proposed price of the renewable energy credit does not exceed $190 per megawatt-hour.
  • Requires approved offshore wind projects to deposit the following amounts into the Maryland Offshore Wind Business Development Fund (Sec. 1):
    • $2 million within 60 days after the application is approved;
    • $2 million within 1 year after the initial deposit; and
    • $2 million within 2 years after the initial deposit.
  • Requires qualified offshore wind projects to pass along to customers at least 80 percent of the value of any state or federal grants, rebates, tax credits, loan guarantees, or other similar benefits (Sec. 1).
  • Amends the state's renewable energy portfolio standard to include 2.5 percent from offshore wind energy beginning in 2017, whereas existing law did not include energy from offshore wind projects in the renewable portfolio standard (Sec. 1).
  • Requires each electricity supplier to purchase the number of ORECs required to satisfy the offshore wind energy component of the state's renewable energy portfolio standard (Sec. 1).
  • Limits the amount of retail electricity sales that may be applied to the state's renewable energy portfolio standard to no more than 75 million kilowatt-hours of industrial process load per customer and no more than 3,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month to an agricultural landowner (Sec. 1).
  • Prohibits offshore wind projects from selling ORECs until electricity supply is generated by the offshore wind project (Sec. 1).
  • Requires approved applicants for a proposed offshore wind project to comply with the state’s “Minority Business Enterprise Program” (Sec. 3).

 

Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Establishes Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credits

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