Support Maryland’s transition to clean energy

What's At Stake

Maryland is at a pivotal moment in its energy history, with the opportunity to lead in the transition from toxic fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy. The Climate Solutions Now Act (CSNA) laid the groundwork for this monumental shift, aiming for 60% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2031, 100% clean energy by 2035, and net-zero emissions by 2045. 

However, the ambitious goals of the CSNA cannot be achieved without further decisive action. It is crucial for Maryland’s leaders to prioritize the transition to clean energy and invest in electrifying our buildings and vehicles, rather than in new fossil fuel infrastructure. The first step to successfully transitioning Maryland to clean energy is ending new investments in fossil fuel infrastructure and redirecting that money to electrifying the region.  

Urge the General Assembly to pass two critical climate bills. 

Maryland’s electric grid can support a major transition to building and vehicle electrification. In fact, the state’s energy experts have already outlined how to do it. The Maryland Department of Energy’s plan is a roadmap for transitioning from dirty fossil fuels responsibly by replacing old systems with cleaner ones that save consumers money and don’t release toxic indoor air pollution. 

Maryland’s governor and lawmakers must make it clear, the state’s transition to clean and safe energy practices is a priority. Changes needed to safely transition Maryland to clean energy require serious political capital during the legislative session.  

Two bills need your support today: 

  • The Empower Bill (HB 864): Creates programs that incentivize greenhouse gas reductions and discourage gas infrastructure in buildings, thus reducing the risk of explosions and indoor air pollution while saving Maryland residents money. 
  • The Ratepayer Protection Act (SB 548/HB 731): Ensures safety in gas infrastructure spending, focusing on replacing high-risk gas pipes to prevent deadly accidents. 

The Moore administration and lawmakers can provide the political capital necessary to position Maryland as a catalyst for a clean energy sector. Contact your elected officials and express your support for these critical pieces of legislation.  

A family prepares a meal on an induction stove.
A family prepares a meal on an induction stove. Children who grow up in a home with a gas stove are 42% more likely to develop asthma than those who don’t. (Tom Werner / Getty Images)

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