Maryland Adopts Appliance Standards, Promotes ENERGY STAR
Maryland's state legislature adopted new energy efficiency standards for appliances in January, which the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has pledged to work quickly to adopt. The standards are meant to be in place by March 2007. Governor Ehrlich is also promoting ENERGY STAR in Maryland. In January, the MEA offered $35,000 to help install a 12-kilowatt (kW) solar power system on an educational farm, and in November 2003, the state launched a Green Building Tax Credit to encourage the construction of energy- and resource-efficient buildings. The state has allocated $25 million for the tax credit through 2011. See the MEA press release (PDF 71 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.