Logos of groups that are actively supporting Maryland's Community Choice Energy legislation.
Annapolis, MD -- Last night, a key state house committee passed a landmark bill (HB 561) that requires state agencies to draft rules allowing local communities to negotiate directly with energy utilities to set strong renewable energy goals and lower electricity rates. The Community Choice Energy (CCE) bill, which passed out of the Economic Matters Committee, also sets the path for allowing Montgomery County to be the first pilot program in beginning these negotiations, which other communities can then follow. CCE allows counties and municipalities to negotiate directly with utilities, giving them the opportunity to drive down prices and seek new renewable energy options for ratepayers.
In response, Lily Hawkins, Maryland Organizer for Food & Water Action, issued the following statement:
“We’re so excited to see CCE moving forward, as it could make a big difference to Montgomery County ratepayers and renewable energy efforts. This kind of comprehensive legislation increases consumer choice and provides equitable options for renewable energy. Based on the broad support it’s received from county officials, city governments, green groups, and consumer advocates, we know it’s already checking a lot of different boxes. We believe other Maryland communities will learn from a potential pilot CCE program in Montgomery County and benefit greatly as the CCE model takes off in the state.”