100% renewable for Maryland

We’re working to power Maryland solely with clean, renewable energy. That’s why we are calling on state leaders to commit to 100% clean electricity by 2035.

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Staff don hats to show their support for 100% renewable energy.

We’ve had the power to harness clean, abundant energy from the sun and the wind for decades. Today, we can do it more efficiently and cheaply than ever before. Thanks in large part to action in the states, America now produces more than three times as much renewable electricity as we did a decade ago, and renewable electricity generation in Maryland has quadrupled in the past 10 years. Maryland also just passed new legislation to expand offshore wind power in the state and make our community solar program permanent.

But Maryland is just scratching its renewable energy potential.

Given the progress we’ve made so far, combined with advances in clean energy technology and declining costs, it makes no sense to keep producing, consuming and wasting energy in ways that do lasting damage to our environment, our climate and our health. Instead, we should accelerate the clean energy transition.

That’s why we are working to pass legislation to transition Maryland to 100 percent clean electricity by 2035.

Maryland still gets most of its electricity from fossil fuels

The electricity powering our homes, our furnaces and our appliances run on oil or gas. Burning fossil fuels releases pollution into the air that harms our health, contributing to increased asthma rates, heart attacks, and even premature birth.

Fossil fuels are also warming our climate, with devastating consequences for us and for future generations. Wi​th 3,100 miles of shoreline, Maryland is one of the states most vulnerable to suffer the effects of sea-level rise associated with climate change


Gov. Moore is joined by legislative leaders, agency staff, businesses, and environmental groups to celebrate the signing of the POWER Act for offshore wind.

Momentum is growing for clean energy in Maryland

Maryland has long been a leader in the transition to renewable energy, and Environment Maryland has been there every step on the way. We’ve set ambitious goals from reducing emissions from fossil fuels, incentives for increasing energy efficiency, banned fracking, and passed legislation to tap into Maryland’s vast potential for offshore wind.

Now we’re working across the state to build a people-powered movement for a cleaner, healthier future that runs on 100% renewable energy.

Why Maryland should set a goal of 100% clean electricity by 2035 

Eleven other states have already set a 100% clean electricity goal. And we’ve seen that when states set clear goals for renewable energy, businesses and consumers respond.

As Maryland ratcheted up our goals for solar and wind, we saw solar quadruple from 2015 to 2023, with four offshore wind projects approved that are scheduled to power 600,000 average Maryland homes by 2026.

We know that Maryland can harness more power from the sun and the wind and stop adding more global warming pollution to the atmosphere. That’s why we’re calling for the state to commit to 100% clean electricity by 2035.

Together, we can move Maryland to 100% renewable energy

In 2022 Maryland passed the Climate Solutions Now Act to set Maryland on the path to net zero emissions from our buildings and transportation. In 2023 Governor Wes Moore set a 100% clean energy by 2035 goal as part of his transition report.

Now is the time to act. The Moore Administration and the Maryland Department of the Environment are seeking public input on climate change strategies for Maryland this summer. Following the comment period, a final policy framework and plan will be delivered at the end of 2023, as directed by the 2017 Clean Energy Jobs Act.

We need your help. The first thing you can do is join us in calling on Governor Moore and State Legislators to set a goal of 100% clean, renewable energy by 2035. The second is to support Environment Maryland and our work to power the state with clean, renewable energy.

We can turn the tide on climate change and ensure a better world for our kids and grandkids —  but we need your help.

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Thank you for reading. Now, we have a small favor to ask.

We stand up for the environment, and it’s people like you who make it all possible. Our staff research the issues, educate the public, and win tangible results for a greener future. Our members put grassroots support behind our research and advocacy.

Your support can make a difference. As threats to the planet grow, our work becomes more important every day. Every contribution powers our research, fuels our advocacy, and sustains our future.


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