Maryland

Maryland is poised to be a leader in clean energy solutions to climate change, thanks in large part to groundbreaking laws CCAN and our allies have helped to pass — including one of the strongest state-level carbon caps in the country, a clean electricity standard to spur wind and solar power, and landmark offshore wind power legislation.

But Maryland still gets a majority of its electricity from burning dirty fossil fuels — coal, oil and gas. Meanwhile, new dirty energy threats, such as fracking and fracked gas exports, would set us back further in solving climate change.

Learn how you can take action to make Maryland a clean energy leader and keep our communities safe from dirty energy pollution.

Expand Wind and Solar

In the 2016 legislative session, we’re working to raise our state’s clean electricity standard to 25% by 2020, which will have the impact of bringing 73,000 new solar-powered homes and thousands of good-paying jobs to Maryland. Learn more >>

Ban Fracking

With the help of a powerful grassroots movement, we passed a two-year moratorium on fracking in Maryland in 2015. Now we’re working to permanently protect our communities from dangerous gas drilling by banning fracking outright. Learn more >>

Community Solar for Everyone

In the summer of 2016, Maryland is launching a community solar pilot program, thanks to state legislation that CCAN and our allies helped to pass in 2015. We are partnering with community groups and solar developers to spread the word and connect thousands more Maryland families to the benefits of solar. Learn more >>

Fight Explosive Oil Trains in Baltimore

The oil industry is targeting Baltimore as an easy through-way to export crude oil to refineries along the East Coast, and potentially throughout the world. In the community of Curtis Bay, Targa Terminals is seeking approval to construct a crude oil export facility that would cause more air pollution and bring significant safety risks to South Baltimore and the city as a whole. A crude oil train or port explosion could threaten thousands of Baltimore residents, local property and the environment. Learn more >>

Strengthen Maryland’s Climate Action Plan

In the 2016 legislative session, we must renew and extend Maryland’s landmark Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act. First passed in 2009, the law requires Maryland to reduce statewide greenhouse gas pollution by 25 percent by 2020. We’re working to achieve these required reductions and to go further — by extending the law’s goals to require a 40 percent cut in pollution by 2030. Learn more >>

Stop Cove Point: No Fracked Gas Exports

A Virginia-based company called Dominion Resources is building a massive export facility on the Chesapeake Bay in southern Maryland to export fracked natural gas to Asia. We have fought this project at every step, and now CCAN is engaged in a legal case to challenge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s flawed approval. Learn more >>

Beyond Dirty Coal and Incineration

CCAN is fighting to move Maryland beyond all dirty sources of energy that pollute our climate and communities. This includes the dirtiest fossil fuel — coal — and trash-burning incinerators, which can emit just as much or more toxic air and carbon pollution as coal-burning plants. Learn more >>