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Maryland RPS Bill Passes in the House

Posted March 21st, 2016 by SRECTrade.

On Monday, Maryland’s House of Delegates voted to pass HB1106 with a 92-43 vote. The bill previously known as the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2016 was divided into two bills last week, and HB1106 was distilled to focus on the RPS components of the original bill. HB1106, which was retitled to “Clean Energy – Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard Revisions”, schedules an increase to the state’s existing Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), including slight increases to the solar carve-out. The increases to the solar carve-out would result in increased demand for MD SRECs. Now that the bill has passed in the house, it will cross over to the Senate for review by the Senate Finance Committee. If SB0921 comes out of the Senate Finance Committee with a favorable report, it will go to the Senate Floor for a vote.

HB1106 was bifurcated from the jobs appropriation component of the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2016 last week. On March 16th, the Maryland Public Utilities Subcommittee of the Economics Matters Committee passed three significant amendments to HB1106 to narrow the bill’s focus to the RPS. Notably, these amendments involved:

  • Dividing the RPS increase and workforce development components of the bill, leaving the Clean Energy Jobs Act as a stand-alone RPS bill. The Cove Point settlement funds, which would finance the workforce development processes, would be parsed into another bill, HB1404. HB1404 aims to provide funding for construction and vocational work through a new “Center for Education and Innovation.”
  • Excluding the Choptank Cooperative from state RPS requirements.  This is an extension of the RPS’s current language and allows Choptank to meet its contractual obligations with Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC), a power supply co-op in Virginia.
  • Adding sponsors to the new stand-alone RPS bill, in an effort to achieve bipartisan support of the bill.

The isolation of the RPS legislation from the workforce development components of the bill was received favorably in the House, and the bisection may help to secure the bill’s passage through the Senate Finance Committee and on the Senate Floor.

SRECTrade will continue to provide updates on the status of the Maryland RPS as we acquire new information. For more information on the Clean Energy Jobs Act, please view our previous blog post on the topic here.

Maryland SREC Update: March 2016

Posted March 1st, 2016 by SRECTrade.

Recent public discussion of Maryland’s proposed increase to the state’s RPS requirements, as well as the introduction of the Clean Energy Jobs Act to the Maryland general assembly, has brought widespread attention to the status of Maryland’s environmental commodity markets.  Due to this focus we updated our capacity models for Maryland to account for the latest generation data available in GATS.

Our updated MD capacity presentation can be found here.

Through December 2015 (the last reliable month of data due to reporting lag) there was approximately 113,240 SRECs left over from compliance years 2013, 2014 and 2015.  This assumes that the 349,917 available 2015 SRECs are put towards the CY15 compliance requirement of 308,419.  Assuming that the observed average monthly build rate of 10.9 MW/month continues to hold, we project that 534,776 additional SRECs will be generated in compliance year 2016.  Taking together the existing inventory of available prior-year SRECs together with the projected 2016 production, we foresee an oversupply of 216,229 SRECs  by the end of 2016.

As we look into future years, the degree of oversupply begins to vary widely depending on the assumptions made regarding monthly build rates.  In 2017 we see a range of market conditions between a 42% and 82% oversupply, and in 2018 conditions between a 15% and 77% oversupply.  These projections do not take into account the RPS increases currently under legislative review in the Maryland general assembly, as covered in our recent post from February 10th.

We will continue to monitor the state of the Maryland market as more data continues to be made available regarding reported build rates through early 2016.  Please reach out to the SRECTrade team with any questions or feedback.

Clean Energy Jobs Act Introduced to Maryland’s General Assembly

Posted February 10th, 2016 by SRECTrade.

Since its introduction to the public on December 8th, 2015, the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act has made its way to the front doors of the Maryland General Assembly, with the recent introduction of the bill into the Senate under SB0921 and the upcoming introduction into the House of Delegates this coming Friday, February 12th. The Act proposes an increase to the state’s existing Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), which would include slight increases to the solar carve-out. The Act schedules a gradual increase in the state’s RPS obligation to satisfy 25 percent of its energy needs with Tier 1 renewable energy sources by 2020 – a significant advancement of the current goal of 20 percent by 2020. The solar carve-out is scheduled to increase incrementally from the current goal of 2.0 percent by 2020 to 2.5 percent by 2025.

Senator Majority Leader Catherine Pugh (D-Baltimore), Delegate Dereck Davis (D-Prince George’s), Senator Brian Feldman (D-Montgomery), and Delegate Bill Frick (D-Montgomery) have championed the concept of the bill since its inception months ago. The bill was first filed in the Senate by Senator Pugh, and was referred to the Finance Committee in its First Reading on February 5th. The bill’s introduction to the House will be this Friday, which will just beat the state’s House Bill Introduction Date, allowing the bill to bypass referral to the House Rules and Executive Nominations Committee.

While we monitor the progress of this bill on the House and Senate floors, we are continuing to project and analyze the impact that its passage could have on the Maryland solar renewable energy credit (SREC) market. Increasing the annual RPS obligation schedule will also increase the demand for SRECs and support prices in the market. In addition, the Act is anticipated to source $40 million from unallocated contributions from the state’s Strategic Energy Investment Fund, create an estimated 2,000 additional clean energy jobs, and help Maryland address climate change with clean energy.

For more information on the early stages of the Clean Energy Jobs Act, please reference our previous post on the topic from December 11th, 2015.

2015 SREC Pricing – Year in Review

Posted December 24th, 2015 by SRECTrade.

2015 was a dynamic year in the SREC markets. SREC prices experienced highs and lows. In order to understand and clearly present pricing data, SRECTrade offers a subscription product – Market Insights. Login to your SRECTrade account and get started for free.

Please see the Year in Review video here:

Maryland Lawmakers Propose Increase to Renewable Portfolio Standard

Posted December 11th, 2015 by SRECTrade.

Chief policymakers in Maryland gathered on Tuesday, December 8th to publicly unveil their plan to establish the largest clean energy program in the state’s history. The proposed 2016 “Clean Jobs Act” is a $40 million plan to stimulate Maryland’s clean energy sector and to increase the state’s existing Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to 25 percent by 2020, a sizable increase over the state’s current goal of 20 percent by 2022. This would increase the number of Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) needed to be purchased and retired by state electricity suppliers. Two of the plan’s major proponents, Senate Majority Leader Catherine Pugh (D-Baltimore) and Delegate Dereck Davis (D-Prince George’s), announced the plan during a press conference alongside a diverse base of supporters, including small businesses, community colleges, climate advocates, and job training leaders. Senator Pugh and Delegate Davis are also joined by bipartisan co-sponsorship from Senator Brian Feldman and Delegate Bill Frick of Montgomery County, who initiated legislation to expand Maryland’s RPS earlier this year. As 2015 comes to a close, Delegate Davis asserted that “2016 is the year to pass this ‘Clean Jobs Act’ for Maryland.”

The proposed workforce development plan within the larger RPS bill will source $40 million from unallocated contributions from Maryland’s Strategic Energy Investment Fund. If passed, the Act will create an estimated 2,000 additional clean energy jobs and further contribute to the rapidly-growing Maryland renewable energy sector. The state’s solar industry already supports over 3,000 workers, and the industry is expected to add 750 more jobs this year. Collectively, state policies addressing climate change are projected to generate 26,000 to 33,000 new jobs and increase wages by tens of billions of dollars by 2020.

In addition to addressing the state’s economic needs, the bill helps Maryland to address climate change with clean energy, while improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The RPS increase will create financial incentives to add approximately 1,300 Megawatts (MW) of clean energy by 2020. Decreasing solar and wind prices and the potential for utilizing untapped energy assets will help facilitate the achievement of this goal. The announcement of the plan follows a positive report from the Department of the Environment that Maryland is well on its way to meeting its existing goals, and broad support from faith, labor, social justice and environmental constituencies bolsters public support for the new plan.

“I’m proud to sponsor this legislation because addressing climate change and improving our economy go hand-in-hand,” said Sen. Feldman. “It’s time to lock in Maryland as a leader in both.”

Maryland SREC Update: October 2015

Posted October 28th, 2015 by SRECTrade.

Last week, attention focused on the Maryland SREC market. On Monday, 10/19/15, Maryland regulated utilities awarded load auction bids for electricity supply. Electric load was contracted for anywhere between 3 and 24 months into the future. Once load suppliers begin to lock in their load obligations, attention naturally turns to the REC markets to begin planning for the corresponding compliance obligations.

Given the additional attention on the recent load auction and the consequent trading activity in the MD SREC market, we have refreshed our capacity scenarios to get a stronger sense of the current balance between supply from recently built projects and demand from RPS compliance obligations.

Our most recent MD SREC capacity presentation can be found here.

As of our last MD capacity update, Last Twelve Month (LTM) monthly build rates were 5.8 MW per month. Due to a remaining balance of approximately 73,400 CY 2013 and 2014 SRECs and a strong Q4 2014 build, the market was expected to be slightly oversupplied in the short term (2015 and 2016) by about 10%-30%; depending on forecast monthly solar build rates. Despite this short term oversupply, the market was projected to return to balance by 2017 with significant under supply in 2018 and 2019. At the time, supply/demand balance and observed build rates justified the thesis that the MD solar market had the ability to digest more project build.

Since the late spring / early summer, the PJM GATS renewable generators report shows Maryland experienced a strong uptick in new build during the summer, with build rates from June through August increasing 34% from the previous three months ending in May.

Average LTM build rates now stand at 10.6 MW per month.  At this increased pace, the Maryland SREC market will experience over supply in the coming years. Across three scenarios – 75%, 100%, and 150% of LTM solar build rates – the market is forecast to be oversupplied through 2019.

What this means for MD SREC pricing 

If these observed build rates continue into the future, downward pricing pressure will result as more and more supply is brought to market. This is particularly relevant now, as electricity companies who have sold electric supply for the next 24 months will be looking to buy their SREC exposure for a similar time period.  Market participants can look at forward structures such as multi-year SREC strips as an opportunity to lock in forward pricing to protect from any future price movement.

As always, this analysis is informational only in purpose in order to help explain the emphasis on MD SREC markets last week. We will continue to watch the markets closely and stay on top of new MD capacity data as it is updated by PJM-GATS.


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Environmental Markets Association – PA, NJ, and MD SREC Presentation

Posted May 28th, 2015 by SRECTrade.

Last week, SRECTrade was invited to present at the Northeast Renewable Energy Credit Round Table hosted by the Environmental Markets Association (EMA).  The presentation provides a fundamental look into the PA, NJ and MD SREC markets.

The presentation covers the following topics on each state SREC program.

  • Current Installed Solar Capacity
  • Supply and Demand
  • Recent Pricing

Feel free to contact us with any questions.


Maryland Community Shared Solar Legislation Signed

Posted May 27th, 2015 by SRECTrade.

Maryland Governor, Larry Hogan, recently signed HB1087 and SB398. The bills help make community shared solar possible in the state of Maryland.

Community Shared Solar Overview

Community shared solar is a way for residents and businesses who could not otherwise go solar to benefit from the various financial, energy saving, and environmental advantages of solar energy. Community members can own a portion of a nearby solar installation and subsequently receive financial or energy savings through credits to their utility bill. Community shared solar is important because it gives homeowners and business with unsuitable roofs the opportunity to procure power from distributed generation solar resources. Also, individuals or businesses renting a home or office can also benefit from the community solar utility bill crediting system. Community solar could have a substantial impact on a large number of people that are not able to go solar. In a recent report, the Department of Energy and NREL estimate that 49% of households and 48% of businesses are unable to go solar because they lack sufficient roof space or are renters.

Maryland Community Shared Solar Program Details

The pilot program will run for three years, during which the state will see its first community shared solar projects built.

The program allows for utility ownership of community solar projects and also requires that utilities buy back unused electricity from privately developed solar facilities. Similar to other photovolatic (PV) and solar thermal projects, community solar projects in the state will participate in the Maryland Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC) program.

In addition to the pilot program, the state will study the costs & benefits of community shared solar to Maryland. The study is intended to provide the basis for a General Assembly vote to create a permanent community shared solar program.

March 19, 2015 Maryland SREC Market Update Webinar Slides and Recording Available

Posted March 23rd, 2015 by SRECTrade.

On March 19, 2015, SRECTrade hosted a webinar on the MD SREC market. For access to the slides please click here: SRECTrade 03/19/15 MD SREC Update. For access to a video recording of the webinar, click the image below.

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Maryland Coalition Pushes to Increase Renewable Energy Goals

Posted January 19th, 2015 by SRECTrade.

A group of Maryland renewable energy advocates are proposing to double the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard in an effort to move forward on clean energy and climate action.

The state’s current benchmark for renewable energy is 20% by 2022; with 2% generated from solar by 2020. The proposed goal would increase the target to 40% by 2025.

State Sen. Brian Feldman has agreed to sponsor the bill in the Senate, but there is currently no House sponsor. Similar legislation was proposed last session, but to no avail. Additionally, Governor Larry Hogan has not yet provided any insight on the subject.

Feldman said in a statement. “Solar is bigger than the crab industry now in this state. This legislation helps expand that prosperity with a sound policy that creates investment certainty for businesses and consumers.”

The legislation is said to improve Maryland’s economy, as states with the best clean energy standards attract more clean energy companies, and therefore more clean energy jobs.

Additional information on this matter will be provided as it becomes available.