Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Green energy advocates are lobbying the Maryland legislature to overturn Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of a Green Energy Bill, which would have imposed rate rises on Maryland residents.
Clean-energy backers rally for override of Hogan veto
The sponsors of legislation that would increase the amount of energy Maryland utility customers get from renewable sources called Thursday on the General Assembly to override Gov. Larry Hogan‘s veto of that bill.
The legislature could consider overturning Hogan’s veto as early as next week, when lawmakers gather in Annapolis for their annual 90-day session.
The governor showed this week he was ready for a fight on the issue. He labeled the measure a “sunshine tax” because it would — for a period of years — require rate increases to pay for the additional cost of wind and solar power.
Proponents countered that the increases would cost ratepayers no more than 58 cents a month. They argue that the extra costs would be temporary and would be offset by a boost to Maryland’s economy caused by increased investment in “clean energy” jobs.
Kevin Sheen, spokesman for the solar and wind power company Empower, estimated rates would be slightly higher for five to seven years before savings outweigh costs.
Amelia Chasse, a spokeswoman for Hogan, said the governor has consistently supported efforts that promote clean air and clean water. “However, the governor will not do this at the expense of Maryland’s ratepayers,” Chasse said.
If green energy is cheaper than fossil fuels, why do proponents always seem to demand mandatory targets and higher rates and fees? Surely they could finance any upfront costs for their product by borrowing against the “savings” they claim will accrue.
Let those who believe in renewables make their case with people who actually want their product, like a normal business, instead of continuously attempting to use political influence inflict their corporatist rent seeking on the general public.