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Maryland’s Gov. Martin O’Malley said he intends to sign into law Senate Bill 690, allowing municipal solid waste to classify as a Tier I renewable in the state and therefore receive renewable energy credits under its renewable portfolio standard.
Under fire for the decision, O’Malley released a lengthy statement May 17 explaining his reasoning and the bill’s benefits to Maryland. The state has an aggressive goal of 20 percent renewable energy by 2022, he said, which will require a diverse fuel mix to accomplish.