On Tuesday, June 1st, Maryland’s updated Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) took effect after Governor Larry Hogan allowed Senate Bill 65 (SB 65) to pass into law without signature. The new law still mandates that Maryland source 50% of its electricity sales from Tier I renewable energy sources by 2030, with a 14.5% solar carve-out. Notably, the law decreases Maryland’s solar carve-out from 2022-2029 and increases its solar alternative compliance payment (SACP) rate from 2023-2029. The bill originally cleared the Maryland legislature on April 12th by significant majorities.
The new law also removes black liquor, a paper mill byproduct, from the list of eligible Tier I REC resources.
SRECTrade plans to publish an analysis on the impacts that this law could have on Maryland’s SREC market in the coming weeks.