December 2009 - Governor Martin O'Malley announced that the state government and University System of Maryland have committed to 20-year power purchase agreements to buy electricity from four renewable energy projects to be built over the next four years. The four facilities are expected to provide 23 percent of the power used by the state offices, colleges and universities.
The electricity will be sourced from three wind farms in Keyser, West Virginia (US Windforce - 55 MW), Oakland, Maryland (Synergics - 10 MW), and Delaware Bay, Delaware (Bluewater Wind - 55 MW), and a solar farm in Frederick County, Maryland (Constellation Energy Group - 13 MW).
News Release - Governor Martin O'Malley Announces Clean Energy Projects to Spur Economic Growth, Promote Sustainability
News Article - Md., universities to buy electricity from renewable sources
Contact: Maryland Energy Administration, 410-974-2250
October 2002 - The Maryland Department of General Services (DGS) announced that it is soliciting bids for electricity service in the Conectiv service territory that includes an "aggressive" green power procurement goal of 20%, of which at least 10% must come from wind or solar energy sources.
Among the state accounts to be served are Salisbury University, the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore and the Eastern Correctional Institute. The DGS already purchases green power to serve 6% of the load of 18 state agencies and departments in the Annapolis and Baltimore areas, which meets a green power purchase standard established by Governor Parris Glendening in March 2001.
News Release - State Buying More Green Power
DGS Contact: Dave Humphrey, (410) 767-4652
January 2002 - The state of Maryland selected Pepco Energy Services (PES), a subsidiary of Potomac Electric Power Company of Washington, D.C., to supply green electricity for 6% of its electricity needs. PES will supply a total of 1.6 billion kWh of conventional and green electricity over the two-year contract period, which begins in July 2002.
The power deal covers more than 16 state agencies located in the Annapolis and Baltimore areas, including the Departments of Transportation, Corrections, and Health and Mental Hygiene, as well as Morgan State University, Towson State University, the Anne Arundel County Public School System's nine largest facilities and the Camden Yards Sports Complex. In March 2001, Maryland Governor Parris Glendening issued an executive order calling for at least 6% of the electricity consumed by state-owned facilities to be generated from green energy sources.
In addition to Maryland, PES offers green power to retail customers in Virginia and Washington, D.C.
News Release - Maryland Selects Pepco Energy for Electric Supply
PES Contact: Don Lintvet (202) 454-8040
March 2001 - Stating that "state government has a responsibility to maximize our resources and minimize the impact on our environment," Maryland Governor Parris Glendening issued an executive order calling for at least 6% of the electricity consumed by state-owned facilities to be generated from "green" energy sources, such as wind, solar, landfill gas, and other biomass resources. The order specifies that no more than 50% of the power procured to meet the requirement come from municipal solid waste facilities. There are no penalties for agencies that do not comply.
The order also calls for a reduction in energy use in state buildings of 10% per square foot by 2005 and 15% by 2010, and requires all new energy-using products to carry the "Energy Star" label or "be in the top 25% of energy-efficiency when labeled products are unavailable."
News Release - Governor Glendening Signs Executive Order Setting New "Green" Standard - No longer online at www.gov.state.md.us
News Article - Glendening sets 'green' goals - No longer online at sunspot.net
Contacts: Michelle Byrnie or Raquel Guillory (410) 974-2316