ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A measure to increase Maryland’s use of renewable energy has moved forward in the state Senate.
The Senate amended the bill on the floor Tuesday to eliminate trash incineration as eligible for subsidies under the measure aimed at boosting the growth renewable energy like wind and solar.READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Baltimore Could See A High Of 90 Degrees On Memorial Day
Supporters of ending subsidies for trash incineration in the “top tier” of renewable energy sources say it’s wrong to classify trash burning in the same way as wind and solar.
Opponents to the amendment say while waste-to-energy incineration does emit carbon dioxide, it’s not as bad a contributor to climate change as landfills.READ MORE: Two Teenagers Shot, One Killed, At Inner Harbor During Memorial Day Weekend, Police Say
Senators gave the bill preliminary approval.
The bill would increase the state’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard from 25 percent by 2020 to 50 percent by 2030.MORE NEWS: Baltimore City And Surrounding Communities Experiencing High Community Transmission Of COVID-19