Energy Conservation & Efficiency

MD Senate fails to pass update to energy efficiency program

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A construction worker installs new energy-efficient windows

A broad coalition of environmental, faith, consumer and public health groups today expressed disappointment at the Maryland State Senate’s failure to pass legislation needed to update and improve EmPOWER Maryland, the state’s energy efficiency program. The bill would have strengthened consumer protections and ensured the program supports the state’s efforts to reduce fossil fuel pollution.

“We’re disappointed the Senate to did not act this year to  strengthen Maryland’s energy efficiency program to reduce energy use and pollution to help save ratepayer money,” said Emily Scarr, Director of Maryland PIRG in a press release. “Unfortunately, ratepayers are going to have to wait at least another year for these added benefits and protections.”

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