Maryland Governor Hogan vetoed the Clean Energy Jobs – Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard Revisions bill (SB0921/HB1106). Gov. Hogan’s letter to the Speaker of the House regarding the veto can be read here (letter is also attached to this page). In his letter, the Governor sites “tax increases” as the reason for vetoing the RPS legislation, which would have increased the State’s Renewable Portfolio Standard to 25 percent by 2020 – up from the current obligation of 20 percent by 2022.
The RPS bill passed in the House and the Senate earlier this year with veto-proof majorities, so there is still the potential for the bill to become law. Any veto override vote, if one is urger, will not take place until January 2017 unless a special session is held before then. Special sessions require the Governor’s approval so it is unlikely that one will be held.
According to Governor Hogan “The goal of House Bill 1106 to increase the State’s Renewable Energy Portfolio (RPS) to 25% by 2020 is laudable, but increasing taxes to achieve this goal is the wrong approach. In 2014, Maryland ratepayers already were assessed over $104 million dollars for renewable energy credits (RECs),” the last year for which data is available. He goes on to state that “House Bill 1106 will imposes an additional burden on ratepayers.”