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Renewable energy bill could be bad for Western Maryland

February 28th, 2023 by WCBC Radio

A renewable energy bill being considered in Annapolis has generated strong opposition from the  Allegany County Board of Commissioners. The county officials, during the regular public meeting, had a letter read into the record expressing objections to Senate Bill 590-  citing  concerns that it would have negative impacts on the Western Maryland region. That letter, sent to the Maryland Education, Energy, and the Environment Committee, suggests that the bill as written would eliminate the future potential for biomass systems to qualify for renewable energy credits. This, they say, would cause “severe implications for forestry, wood waste and bioenergy operations that will affect the whole of Western Maryland.” Commissioner Creade Brodie Jr. said this bill is just another example of the General Assembly having little regard for rural Maryland…