Full Title: Report of the Thermal Energy Task Force
Author(s): Maryland Energy Administration
Publisher(s): Maryland Energy Administration
Publication Date: 2014


Description (excerpt):

The General Assembly created the Thermal Energy Task Force (“Task Force”) during the 2013 Legislative Session through the passage of SB 797/HB 1084. The legislation requires the Task Force to (1) analyze how to restructure the Renewable Portfolio Standard (“RPS”) to incorporate thermal energy sources, including energy generated by wood-derived biomass; (2) determine whether it is appropriate to create a separate compliance tier for thermal energy; (3) determine a method for awarding renewable energy credits (“RECs”) for thermal energy sources; and (4) determine any other changes to State law the Task Force deems appropriate to incorporate thermal energy into the RPS.

Responding to its charge, the Task Force held three meetings over the course of several months. Chaired by the Maryland Energy Administration, the Task Force consisted of representatives from the Maryland General Assembly, State agencies, energy industry, and environmental community.