PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY – One county in Maryland has passed a ground-breaking clean energy bill – it could become the first county in the country to require that all government buildings be run on renewable energy.
The bill states that, when a county building is renovated or newly built, renewable energy must be integrated into its design.
SustainableBusiness.com reports that the Prince George’s County Council unanimously approved the bill.
The legislation requires the county to budget an extra 2 percent in construction costs for every building to pay for a renewable energy installation. Every building must have 1 kilowatt of clean energy for every 1,000 square feet of gross floor area.
They define renewable energy as solar, wind or geothermal.
“I am thrilled the Council has adopted one of the most ambitious policies for clean energy on public buildings in the country,” says Council Member Mary Lehman, who proposed the measure. “This bill will spur clean energy jobs for our workforce, energy savings for our taxpayers, and a cleaner environment for our children.”
Another goal is to raise Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard to require 40 percent renewable energy by 2025, even stronger than California’s 33 percent standard.
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