Cumberland, Md.'s skyline.

Cumberland, Md.'s skyline.

Legislation to quicken the timeline for increasing the use of renewable energy in Maryland overcame a veto and widespread Republican opposition to move forward with becoming law. The legislation requires 25 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources like wind or solar power by 2020. While both Governor Larry Hogan and Republicans in the General Assembly say the timeline will place an undue financial burden on taxpayers, supporters say Republican opposition is more about partisan politics than the merits of the bill. Kojo explores the politics at play as well as what the change will mean for Maryland and the rest of the region.


  • Mike Tidwell Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network; @CCAN
  • Trent Kittleman Member, Maryland House of Delegates (R-Carroll & Howard Counties); @TrentKittleman

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