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New Law Increases Use Of Solar Energy In Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Power suppliers that sell electricity in Maryland will have to buy more energy from solar sources under a law taking effect Saturday.

The law moves up the timetable for making solar energy part of the state’s renewables portfolio standard. It also aims to create jobs in the solar power industry while boosting the state’s use of renewable energy to protect the environment.

The change is expected to increase the cost of residents’ electricity bills in the next few years by about 5 cents a month. The cost is higher, however, for the average commercial ratepayer who will pay an estimated 66 cents more each month.

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