Maryland is set to become a leader in renewable energy production with its announcement of plans to dramatically increase its offshore wind power generation. The state has committed to obtaining 2.8 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2026, enough to power over one half of all households in the state.
This goal is part of a larger effort to reduce the state’s carbon emissions by 40 percent from 2006 levels by 2030. In addition to offshore wind power, the state has also committed to increasing its solar energy production from 0.2 gigawatts to 3.2 gigawatts by 2030.
The plan for offshore wind power is the largest commitment of any state in the nation and is supported by a $9 million grant from the US Department of Energy. The grant will help fund the development of a new offshore wind farm off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland.
The state is also investing in other renewable energy sources, including onshore wind and solar. Maryland’s Public Service Commission has approved the construction of four new onshore wind turbines and two solar farms which will generate a combined total of more than 200 megawatts of clean energy.
In addition to increasing its production of renewable energy, Maryland is also looking to improve its energy efficiency. The state has committed to reducing its energy consumption by 15 percent from 2015 levels by 2030. This will involve energy efficiency initiatives such as improvements to the energy efficiency of buildings, appliances, and lighting.
The state’s commitment to renewable energy and energy efficiency is an important step in the fight against climate change. By replacing fossil fuels with clean energy sources, Maryland will reduce its carbon emissions and help lead the way for other states to follow. With its ambitious goals for offshore wind power, Maryland is well on its way to becoming a leader in renewable energy production and energy efficiency.