Maryland is uniquely situated as a state that is both particularly vulnerable to climate change and well-positioned to mitigate it. The state 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, two of the top three emitting sectors in Maryland – transportation and buildings – haven’t been adequately addressed in our state-level climate action.
Learn how you can take action to make Maryland a climate leader and do our part to reduce dirty energy pollution.
Pass the Promoting Offshore Wind Energy Resources (POWER) Act
In 2022, Maryland passed the Climate Solutions Now Act, which sets ambitious goals for climate pollution reduction (60% reduction by 2031). Additionally, Maryland has a renewable energy goal of 50% by 2030, including at least 1200 MW of offshore wind, set by the Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2019. In order to meet those goals, we must prioritize the rapid deployment of renewable energy and investments in infrastructure to support that transition. Learn more >>
Electrify Howard County
On January 3, Howard County Councilmember Christiana Rigby introduced a bill requesting a report documenting changes necessary to require electrification of new buildings. CB5-2023, the Clean New Buildings Climate Act, seeks to ensure that future homes and buildings in Howard county use only electric heat, hot water, and other appliances – not burning fossil fuels and creating greenhouse gasses. This is a big step forward for Howard County, similar to recent policies in DC and Montgomery County. It’s clear that electrification is a growing trend. So let’s get it done! Learn more >>
The movement to create cleaner, healthier, all-electric new homes and buildings is lighting up the country. There are wins on electrification in California, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Washington, Colorado, and even nearby DC. CCAN has a bold vision that Maryland will join their ranks and eventually become a leader. Building electrification would benefit community members by giving them access to cleaner air, healthier homes, good jobs, affordable clean energy, and energy efficiency to reduce monthly energy bills while helping the state meet its climate goals. Learn more >>
Fighting Toxic Trash Incinerators
Incinerators are toxic to surrounding communities and the climate. Incinerators emit high levels of mercury pollution and ultra-fine particulate matter, one of the most dangerous known pollutants to human health. Trash-burning also emits more carbon dioxide per unit of energy produced than does burning coal. Unfortunately, trash incineration is currently included in Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard as a Tier 1 renewable energy source. We aim to right that wrong as we move towards a zero-waste future. Learn more>>
VICTORY: Electrify Montgomery County, MD
End the use of dirty and dangerous fossil fuels for water heating, space heating, and cooking in our buildings, which account for over 50% of carbon emissions in our county! Learn more >>
VICTORY: Elect Climate Champions
We’re running out of time to pass the bold and transformative climate legislation we need to avert a global climate crisis. On the national, state, and local levels, we need strong leaders who will take action as soon as possible. As voters, the collective power is in our hands. Together, we have the power to elect true climate champions who will stand up for our future. It starts with you. It starts today. Learn more >>
2022: Make Maryland a Climate Leader
We are in a “code red” climate emergency according to the world’s top scientists, and the only way to fix it is by reducing carbon pollution 60 percent by 2030. This means bold decarbonization in the top-emitting sectors: transportation, electricity, and buildings. In 2019, we tackled the electricity sector by passing the Clean Energy Jobs Act. Now, we need to take on buildings and the transportation sector while committing to bolder emissions reduction goals and climate action on the state level. Learn more >>
We Passed a Climate Test for Maryland’s PSC
The world’s leading climate scientists warn that we have 10 short years to drastically move away from fossil fuels. However, gas plants have multiplied in recent years and Governor Hogan wants to “kick-start” a gas pipeline expansion across Maryland. Until recently, the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) has been fueling the fire. It approves new facilities that generate electricity and oversees the gas industry, yet historically does not take climate into account. In 2021, we passed legislation to fix that. Learn more>>
We Passed the Clean Energy Jobs Act
In 2019, we worked with a power movement supported by more than 650 community, labor, faith, business, climate, and environmental groups from across Maryland to pass the Clean Energy Jobs Act. This bill requires 50% of Maryland’s electricity to comes from renewable sources by 2030, and sets the stage for a future powered by 100% clean, renewable electricity. Learn more>>
We Fought Explosive Oil Trains in Baltimore
The oil industry targeted Baltimore as an easy through-way to export crude oil to refineries along the East Coast, and potentially throughout the world. A crude oil train or port explosion could threaten thousands of Baltimore residents, local property and the environment. In March 2018, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh signed the Crude Oil Terminal Prohibition into law. The law bans the construction of new crude terminals, helping to prevent a surge in the transport of volatile crude oil trains through the city. The law is the first of its kind on the East Coast and follows examples set by Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington in 2016. Learn more>>