On May 22nd, 2019, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced his decision to let the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act pass without his signature. The Act increases Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard to an aggressive 50% by 2030. Additionally, the solar carve out target increased to 14.5% by 2028 and the Solar Alternative Compliance Penalty (SACP) was adjusted to $100.00 in 2019 and 2020, and decreasing each year thereafter. In response to these anticipated, and now enacted, legislative changes, the SREC market in Maryland has experienced a significant upward swing from $11.00 to $65.00 since the beginning of 2019.
Electricity load that was signed under contract prior to the bill’s effective date of October 1, 2019, is not subject to the new compliance obligations. Our calculations assume that approximately 80% of the 2019 electricity load is under prior contract and therefore exempt, with 25% of that exempt load rolling into the new compliance obligations each year moving forward.
Solar build rates have been trending downwards over the last six months in comparison to the last twelve months. Assuming no drastic decrease in build rate, we expect the market to be oversupplied in 2019, and undersupplied each year thereafter. The enclosed analysis further details the implications of the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act and the potential responses from the MD SREC market.