Posted on November 24, 2010. Filed under: News |

Calls for Clear Policies to Address Climate Change and Incentivize Clean Energy Business Sector; Citing Maryland Model

(ROCKVILLE, MD, Nov. 17, 2010) – Gary Skulnik, President of Clean Currents, will be speaking to the House International Affairs Committee of the United States Congress on the eve of the next round of international climate talks to be held in Cancun, Mexico.  Mr. Skulnik is speaking on a panel as a voice for U.S. businesses that support efforts to reduce the greenhouse gases that scientists say are causing dangerous climate change.  Clean Currents, a Maryland based company, is a leader in the clean energy industry in the Mid Atlantic.

“We want to tell the story of how the Maryland model of government leadership in setting strong market parameters and putting a price on carbon is helping the clean energy sector grow in the state while reducing greenhouse gases,” Skulnik says. “The Maryland model is one that the country and the international community can and should follow.”

In the past six years, mainly under Governor Martin O’Malley’s leadership, Maryland has passed legislation to put a price on pollution and incentivize clean energy growth, including:

  • Renewable Portfolio Standard – Requires electricity companies to utilize a growing amount of clean energy as part of their portfolio and provides substantial financial incentives for the installation of solar photovoltaic systems.
  • Healthy Air Act – Requires coal plants to dramatically reduce pollution and committed Maryland to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to cut carbon emissions from power plants in east coast states.
  • Global Warming Solutions Act – Requires Maryland to reduce greenhouse gases across the entire economy of the state.
  • Clean Cars Act – Requires a cleaner mix of cars sold in the state.
  • Clean Energy Grants – Provides state grants for the installation of solar, geothermal or wind systems.
  • Empower Maryland Act – Requires a reduction in energy use per capita.

“Maryland’s actions have sent a clear signal that clean energy companies can grow and invest in the state,” noted Skulnik. “The same thing will happen if we adopt similar measures on a national or international level.”

The talks are set to begin November 29 and run through December 10 in Cancun, Mexico.

Clean Currents supports the Obama Administration’s push for a Climate Fund to help developing companies’ more quickly transition to a clean energy economy in addition to other measures to reduce greenhouse gases and spark further private sector growth in the clean energy industry.

About Clean Currents

Clean Currents is the Mid-Atlantic’s leading, independent green energy company.  Clean Currents provides wind power through the electric grid to residents and businesses in Washington DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Delaware at rates that are competitive with local utility rates.  Clean Currents has built a vibrant green community in the region, counting over 7,000 residential and 500 commercial customers.  The highlight of its green community is the “Green Neighborhood Challenge”, which is an engaging and educational way for area groups to become involved in learning more about green energy and sustainability.



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