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Allegany County Wind Ordinance (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Wind energy Local This ordinance sets requirements for industrial wind energy conversion systems. These requirements include minimum separation distances, setback requirements, electromagnetic interference analysis (EIA), the establishment of bonds for the purposes of decommissioning and groundwater protection, as well as the establishment of supplemental safety provisions.
Animal Waste Technology Fund (Maryland) Maryland Grant Program Yes Biomass/Biogas State/Province A bill passed in 2012 transferred responsibility for animal waste management technology projects to the Maryland Department of Agriculture. The Department will maintain the Animal Waste Technology Fund, which provides funding opportunities for the research, development, implementation, and market development of technology intended to (a) reduce the amount of nutrients in animal waste, (b) alter the composition of animal waste, (c) develop alternative waste management strategies, or (d) use animal waste in a production process. Funds may be granted to individuals or businesses.
Anne Arundel County - Wind Ordinance (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Wind energy Local Includes zoning provisions for small wind systems.
Appalachian States Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact (Maryland) Maryland Environmental Regulations Yes Nuclear State/Province This legislation authorizes Maryland's entrance into the Appalachian States Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact, which seeks to promote interstate cooperation for the proper management and disposal of low-level radioactive wastes. The Commission that administers the compact is also responsible for conducting research and recommending regulations pertaining to radioactive waste. The states of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia are party to this compact. The compact is designed so that each state in turn assumes the responsibility of the host state for the receipt and disposal of low-level radioactive waste. Pennsylvania is currently the host state.
Appropriation or Use of Waters, Reservoirs, and Dams (Maryland) Maryland Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Nuclear
State/Province It is state policy to control the use and appropriation of ground and surface waters of the state. A permit from the Department of the Environment is required prior to the construction or operation of any plant, building, or structure that will appropriate or use any waters of the state. The applicant must provide the Department that the proposed water withdrawal will not jeopardize the State's natural water resources. Some exemptions – including for domestic water use, agricultural use of less than 10,000 gallons per day on average, and groundwater use of 5,000 gallons of water per day or less – apply. Permits from the Department are likewise required prior to the construction, alteration, or repair of any reservoir, dam, or waterway obstruction. Some exemptions apply. This legislation contains additional information on exemptions, required information notices and public hearings, Department considerations in acting on permit applications, measuring and reporting of water use, compliance, and additional regulations.
Baltimore County - Solar and Geothermal Equipment Property Tax Credit (Maryland) Maryland Property Tax Incentive No Geothermal Electric
Solar Photovoltaics
Local The allocated budget for this program has been met. There is now a wait list for new credits. The wait for applications not yet received is expected to last until at least July 2015. Md. Property Tax Article § 9-203 allows local governments to offer property tax credits for energy conservation devices if they choose to do so. This credit, available only for residential buildings, is set at the lesser of 50% of the cost of the system or $5,000 for heating devices and $1,500 for devices that supply hot water. There is no dollar limit on credits for PV or cooling systems, although the credit claimed each year cannot exceed the amount of county property taxes owed during that year. Excess credits can be carried over for 2 years.
Baltimore County - Wind Ordinance (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Wind energy Local Provides permitting process for anemometers only (not turbines)
Businesses that Create New Jobs Tax Credit (Maryland) Maryland Corporate Tax Incentive Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
State/Province Businesses located in Maryland that create new positions and establish or expand business facilities in the state may be entitled to a Businesses that Create New Jobs Tax Credit. To be eligible, businesses must first have been granted a property tax credit by a local government for creating the new jobs. The credit may be taken against corporate income tax, personal income tax or insurance premium tax. The business must create at least 25 new positions as part of the new or expanded business facility, 5,000 square feet or more, in Maryland.
Calvert County - Wind Ordinance (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Wind energy Local Zoning regulations for wind power systems
Caroline County - Wind Ordinance (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Wind energy Local This ordinance amends Chapter 175 of the Code of Public Local Laws of Caroline County, Maryland to provide for the erection, maintenance, and operation of small wind energy systems, as well as outlining guidelines and requirements for these systems.
Carroll County - Wind Ordinance (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Wind energy Local This ordinance sets forth regulations for the zoning, erection, and operation of small wind energy systems in Carroll County, Maryland.
Charles County - Agricultural Preservation Districts - Renewable Generation Allowed (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Biomass/Biogas
Solar Photovoltaics
Wind energy
Local Charles County provides that producing energy "from solar, wind, biomass, and farm waste and residue crops" is a permitted agricultural use in areas zoned as Agricultural Preservation Districts.
Chesapeake Bay Preservation Programs (Multiple States) Maryland
Pennsylvania
Virginia
Washington D.C.
Siting and Permitting Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Wave Energy
Wind energy
State/Province The Chesapeake Bay Program is a unique regional partnership that has led and directed the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay since 1983. The Chesapeake Bay Program partners include the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia; the District of Columbia; the Chesapeake Bay Commission, a tri-state legislative body; the Environmental Protection Agency, representing the federal government; and participating citizen advisory groups.

The Chesapeake Executive Council was established by the Chesapeake Bay Agreement of 1983. Under the 1987 Chesapeake Bay Agreement, membership changed from cabinet secretaries to the governors of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia; the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; the mayor of the District of Columbia; and the chair of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, a legislative body serving Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

The Council: (a) Establishes the policy direction for the restoration and protection of the Bay and its living resources; (b) Exerts leadership to marshal public support for the Bay effort; (c) Signs directives, agreements and amendments that set goals and guide policy for Bay restoration; and (d) Is accountable to the public for progress made under the Bay agreements.

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality administers complementary programs and regulations to prevent future pollution and degradation of the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding lands. More information can be found here: http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/ChesapeakeBay.aspx
Chesapeake Bay and Tributaries (Maryland) Maryland Environmental Regulations Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
Local This legislation sets limits on development near Chesapeake Bay as well as on dredging and the deposition of dredged material into the bay. The legislation establishes the Cox Creek Citizens Oversight Committee (now mostly defunct); the Hart-Miller-Pleasure Island Oversight Committee, which provides oversight and monitoring of the future development, use, and maintenance of the Hart-Miller-Pleasure Island chain, and the water quality in the area immediately surrounding the islands; the Kent Island Citizens Oversight Committee (now defunct).
Chesapeake Forest Lands (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Wind energy
Local The Chesapeake Forest Lands are most of the former land holdings of the Chesapeake Forest Products Company, which now includes more than 66,000 acres in five lower Eastern Shore counties. These lands make up 12 percent of the productive forests in the region, which in the past produced 15-20 percent of the region's annual timber harvest.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources manages the land, and periodically updates the Sustainable Forest Management Plan. The plan includes information on powerline right-of-ways, protected areas, and acceptable uses for the area.

The state bought the land for the purpose of supporting the Eastern Shore's forest products industry, the second largest industry on the Eastern Shore, which adds $349 million to the State's economy and employs more than 2,100 people. The purposes is also to maintain the ecological integrity of the area, including water quality and habitat.

The Department involves the public in the management plan development, which is reviewed every couple of years. The public's comments will be considered as plans are developed for resource management, watershed enhancement, facility development or public use.
Clean Energy Tax Credit (Maryland) Maryland Personal Tax Incentives Yes Biomass/Biogas
Concentrating Solar Power
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province The Clean Energy Tax Credit is 0.85 cents for each kilowatt hour of electricity sold that was produced from a Maryland qualified energy resource during the 5-year period specified in the initial credit certification. The annual tax credit may not exceed one-fifth of the maximum amount of credit stated in the initial credit certificate.

The business must produce electricity during the tax year using primarily "qualified energy resources" (see Internal Revenue Code Section 45) which includes any solid, non-hazardous, cellulosic waste material that is segregated from other waste materials and is derived from the following:

• Forest-related resources, including mill residues (except sawdust and wood shavings), forest thinnings, slash, or brush, but excluding old-growth timber.

• Waste pallets, crates, dunnage, landscape or right-of-way trimmings.

• Agricultural sources (orchard tree crops, vineyard, grain, legumes, sugar, and other crop by-products or residues).

"Qualified energy resources" also includes methane gas or other combustible gases resulting from the decomposition of organic materials from an agricultural operation or from a landfill or a wastewater treatment plant using either anaerobic or thermal decomposition, or a combination of both, and solar, geothermal or hydropower energy sources.
Climate Action Plan (Maryland) Maryland Climate Policies Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
State/Province On April 20, 2007, Governor Martin O’Malley signed Executive Order 01.01.2007.07 establishing the Maryland Climate Change Commission (MCCC) charged with collectively developing an action plan to address the causes of climate change, prepare for the likely consequences and impacts of climate change to Maryland, and establish firm benchmarks and timetables for implementing the Commission’s recommendations.

The Commission included members representing academia, business, industry, environmental groups and many levels of government. It was staffed jointly by the Maryland Department of the Environment and Department of Natural Resources in coordination with other state agencies.

One of the Plan’s policy recommendations, to adopt science-based regulatory goals to reduce Maryland’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, was realized with the passage of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act of 2009 (GGRA). The law requires Maryland to reduce its GHG emissions to 25 percent below 2006 levels by 2020. It directs the Maryland Department of the Environment to work with other lead State agencies to prepare an implementation plan to meet this goal as a first step toward achieving longer term science-based reductions. An interim plan will be submitted to the Governor and the General Assembly during the 2012 legislative session, and the final plan (GGRA Plan) will be submitted on or before December 31, 2012.
Coal Combustion By-Products (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Coal with CCS State/Province The Department of the Environment is responsible for regulating fugitive air emissions from the transportation of coal combustion by-products and the permissible beneficial uses of these by-products in the State. This legislation restricts the siting of new refuse disposal systems accepting coal combustion by-products in critical natural resource areas (defined in Natural Resources Article, 8-1802, Annotated Code of Maryland).
Coastal Facilities Review Act (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Natural Gas State/Province This Act aims to preserve Maryland's coastal areas and to balance competing demands for resources by requiring environmental impact evaluations to be conducted prior to the approval of the construction or operation of certain facilities. Such review complements the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, which establishes a comprehensive plan for the proper use and development of energy resources in coastal areas. This Act applies to pipelines carrying crude oil or natural gas from offshore sources; facilities for the processing, transmission, or storage of natural gas with a total design capacity for at least one billion cubic feet of gas for storage or 200 million cubic feet for processing; operations bases and fabrication yards; and other facilities storing or processing petroleum resources. See subtitle 22.
Community Development Block Grant/Economic Development Infrastructure Financing (United States) United States Grant Program
Loan Program
Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
Federal Community Development Block Grant/Economic Development Infrastructure Financing (CDBG/EDIF) provides public infrastructure financing to help communities grow jobs, enable new business startups and expansions for existing businesses. State programs help achieve the national objective of CDBG by funding projects in which at least 51 percent of the new jobs created are made available to low and moderate income individuals. The maximum amounts awarded under the program are $1 million for new businesses locating to the state and $500,000 for existing businesses expanding in the state.
Contract Financing Program (Maryland) Maryland Loan Program Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
State/Province The Contract Financing Program, administered by the Maryland Small Business Development Authority, provides financial assistance to eligible businesses in the form of a direct loan or the guaranty of loans made by a financial institution. The funds may be used for working capital, equipment purchase, and to complete work on contracts where a majority of the funds are provided by federal, state, local government, or a utility regulated by the Public Service Commission. Financing is limited to $1,000,000.
Critical Areas of State Concern (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
State/Province This legislation designates the Chesapeake Bay, other Atlantic Coastal Bays, and their tributaries and adjacent lands as critical areas of state concern. It is state policy to protect these areas and to prevent the further degradation of water quality. Further development of non-water dependent structures and increase in lot coverage in these areas is presumed to be contrary to the policy of the state, and construction is therefore restricted in these areas. For the purpose of this legislation, "Critical Area" includes all land within 1,000 feet of the Mean High Water Line of tidal waters or the landward edge of tidal wetlands and all waters of and lands under the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.
Dam Safety Program (Maryland) Maryland Safety and Operational Guidelines
Siting and Permitting
Yes Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
State/Province The Dam Safety Division within the Department of the Environment is responsible for administering a dam safety program to regulate the construction, operation, and maintenance of dams to prevent dam failures and protect environmental resources. Permits are required for the construction and modification of structures, and dams are reviewed based on their assigned hazard rating.
Development near Wetlands and Waterways (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
State/Province The Wetlands and Waterways Program requires permits for commercial activity or development proposed on or near a wetland or waterway. For the purpose of the permitting process, major projects are defined as projects that will permanently impact 5,000 square feet or more of wetlands or waterways, including the 100-year floodplain and are located in an area identified as potentially impacting a nontidal wetland of special State concern. Major and minor projects permits are subject to varying application fees and approval processes. Section 5-901 et seq. off the Environment Article contains more specific information on application and permit procedures. More information on nontidal wetlands classifications: http://www.mde.maryland.gov/programs/researchcenter/factsheets/waterfactsheet/documents/www.mde.state.md.us/assets/document/wetlandswaterways/classification.pdf More information, Maryland Nontidal Wetland Mitigation Guidance: http://www.mde.maryland.gov/programs/water/wetlandsandwaterways/aboutwetlands/documents/www.mde.state.md.us/assets/document/wetlandswaterways/mitguidefeb72011.pdf
Dorchester County - Renewable Zoning (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Solar Photovoltaics
Wind energy
Local Dorchester County zoning codes specifically permit solar arrays and small wind turbines in many zoning districts.
Dorchester County - Wind Ordinance (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Wind energy Local This ordinance amends Chapter 155 of the Dorchester County Zoning Ordinance in order to add small wind energy systems as an accessory use in all zoning districts.
Flood Control and Watershed Management (Maryland) Maryland Environmental Regulations Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
State/Province Counties and towns are required to issue permits for development within the 100-year floodplain. Development is broadly defined to include any man-made change to land, including grading, filling, dredging, extraction, storage, subdivision of land, and the construction or improvement of structures. The Department of the Environment is responsible for developing and administering a program to minimize the risk of flooding in the state, providing assistance to local governments, and implementing relevant regulations. Separate flood management plans are typically devised for each watershed by local governments in consultation with the Department and associated state agencies. Flood management plans typically involve some restrictions on development in flood zones, especially in 100-year floodplains. Special regulations apply to the Jones Falls watershed in Baltimore County.
Focus Area Tax Credits (Maryland) Maryland Enterprise Zone Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
Local Focus Area Tax Credits for businesses in Baltimore City or Prince George’s County enterprise zones include: (1) Ten-year, 80% credit against local real property taxes on a portion of real property improvements. (2) Ten-year, 80% credit against local personal property taxes on new investment in personal property. (3) A one-time $1,500 income tax credit per new employee. For economically disadvantaged employees, the credit is $9,000 per employee over three years.
Forest Conservation Act (Maryland) Maryland Environmental Regulations
Siting and Permitting
Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
State/Province The main purpose of Maryland's Forest Conservation Act is to minimize the loss of Maryland's forest resources during land development by making the identification and protection of forests and other sensitive areas an integral part of the site planning process. The Act requires units of local government with planning and zoning authority to establish and implement local forest conservation programs. These regulations address state approval of and aid to local programs, as well as the state forest conservation program.
Forestry Policies (Maryland) Maryland Environmental Regulations Yes Biomass/Biogas State/Province Maryland's forests are managed by the Department of Natural Resources, Forest Service Division. The Forest Service issued in 2010 its Forest Strategy Document:

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/forests/pdfs/sas/MarylandForestStrategy53110.pdf

In 2009 The State issued the Sustainable Forestry Act, which includes discussion of new forest markets including renewable energy development through biomass energy. In 2010 The Sustainable Forestry Council, created by the Sustainable Forestry Act, issued "Wood Energy Potential in Maryland":

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/forests/sfcouncil.asp

Currently the primary policy drivers for Maryland woody biomass energy are the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and the Maryland Clean Energy Production Tax Credit. Maryland's RPS considers wood waste and black liquor (a wood products processing byproduct) as "Tier 1" renewable resources under the RPS criteria, and in 2008 68% of the Renewable Energy Credit (REC) market in the state came from these resources.

In 2010 The Pinchot Institute for Conservation issued "The Potential for Sustainable Wood-based bioenergy in Maryland", a document reviewing the availability of woody biomass resources in the state, as well as identification of technologies appropriate for energy conversion of these different resources, and a thorough discussion of the energy policy drivers in the state with regard to woody biomass markets:

http://www.pinchot.org/uploads/download?fileId=913

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources together with the Pinchot Institute for Conservation issued in 2010 "A Guide to Forest Biomass Harvesting and Retention in Maryland", which provides guidelines for sustainable woody biomass harvest for energy generation:

http://www.pinchot.org/uploads/download?fileId=915
Frederick County - Green Building Program (Maryland) Maryland Green Building Incentive Yes Geothermal Electric
Solar Photovoltaics
Wind energy
Local Frederick County administers a green building program. It has two goals: (1) to ensure that County building projects implement strategies that enhance environmental performance and fiscal efficiencies; and (2) to encourage sustainable design in private sector developments to facilitate a positive environmental legacy for Frederick County
Frederick County - Solar Ordinance (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Solar Photovoltaics Local This ordinance permits solar arrays in any zoning district in Frederick County under the conditions that the total square footage of the array does not exceed that of the principle structure and the footprint of an individual array does not exceed the greater of (1)one-half of the footprint of the principle structure or (2)600 square feet.
Frederick County - Wind Ordinance (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Wind energy Local This ordinance sets standards for permitted wind energy systems in Frederick County, Maryland.
Gas Companies Right-of-Way (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Natural Gas State/Province Corporations engaged in the business of transmitting or supplying natural gas, artificial gas, or a mixture of natural and artificial gases may acquire by condemnation the rights-of-way or easements necessary to lay, construct, modify, repair, maintain, operate, and remove pipelines and appurtenances to pipelines for transmitting and supplying gas.
Gas and Oil (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Natural Gas State/Province The Department of the Environment has the authority to enact regulations pertaining to oil and gas production, but it cannot prorate or limit the output of any gas or oil well. A permit from the Department is required prior to the drilling of a well for exploration, production, or underground storage of oil or gas. An environmental assessment must be submitted along with the permit application, and the Department may deny permits that propose drilling which may pose a substantial threat to public safety or significant adverse environmental impacts. Legislation encourages the development of oil and gas resources in Maryland, and contains provisions to mitigate environmental impacts from oil and gas production. This legislation contains additional information on permitting, well drilling and siting, fees, the use of explosives, gas metering, and coalbed methane production. Drilling for oil or gas is prohibited in the Chesapeake Bay, any of its tributaries, or the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act (Maryland) Maryland Environmental Regulations Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
State/Province The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act requires the Department of the Environment to publish and update an inventory of statewide greenhouse gas emissions for calendar year 2006 and requires the State to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 25% from 2006 levels by 2020. The State is also required to develop and adopt a specified plan, adopt specified regulations, and implement specified programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Harford County - Wind Ordinance (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Wind energy Local This ordinance creates regulations and standards for the erection and operation of small wind energy systems in Harford County, Maryland.
Hazardous Material Security (Maryland) Maryland Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Natural Gas
Nuclear
State/Province All facilities processing, storing, managing, or transporting hazardous materials must be evaluated every five years for security issues. A report must be submitted to the Department of the Environment. The Department is authorized to adopt and implement regulations pertaining to hazardous waste security issues.
Hazardous Materials and Controlled Hazardous Substances (Maryland) Maryland Environmental Regulations Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Natural Gas
Nuclear
State/Province A permit is required to own, establish, operate, or maintain a facility in the state of Maryland that transfers quantities of a single hazardous material in excess of 100,000 pounds at any time during a calendar year. The Department of the Environment is responsible for administrative oversight of such facilities and their operations, and for enacting relevant regulations. Section 7-201 et seq. Of this legislation applies to low-level nuclear waste and other substances that the Department of the Environment may choose to define under this subtitle. Facilities defined as managing controlled hazardous substances include nuclear waste facilities and may include operating landfills. The Department has the authority to issue, modify, and revoke orders and permits pertaining to hazardous waste facilities, generation, and discharges, and sets operational and design standards for hazardous waste facilities. This legislation contains more specific information on the application and permitting process, and the transportation of hazardous waste. A separate permit is required for each facility. This legislation also establishes an Advisory Council to assist the Department in developing rules and regulations pertaining to controlled hazardous substances. The establishment or operation of a high-level nuclear waste facility for the treatment, permanent storage, or disposal of any high-level nuclear waste or transuranic waste is prohibited, except by federal, state, and local public agencies.
Hazardous Waste Facility Siting Program (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Biomass/Biogas
Natural Gas
Nuclear
State/Province The Hazardous Waste Facilities Siting Board is responsible for overseeing the siting of hazardous waste facilities in Maryland, and will treat hazardous waste facilities separately from low-level nuclear waste facilities. This legislation describes the factors considered by the Board in making siting decisions. The Board is authorized to enact rules and regulations pertaining to the siting of hazardous and low-level nuclear waste facilities.
Healthy Air Act (Maryland) Maryland Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS State/Province The Maryland Healthy Air Act was developed with the purpose of bringing Maryland into attainment with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone and fine particulate matter by the federal deadline of 2010.  The act and the subsequent regulations also requires the reduction of mercury emissions from coal-fired electric generating units and significantly reduces atmospheric deposition of nitrogen to the Chesapeake Bay and other waters of the State. Additional regulations address general emission standards and registration and reporting requirements.
Howard County - Wind Ordinance (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Wind energy Local This ordinance sets up provisions for allowing small wind energy systems in various zoning districts.
Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin (Multiple States) District of Columbia
Maryland
Pennsylvania
Virginia
West Virginia
Environmental Regulations
Siting and Permitting
Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Local The Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin's (ICPRB) mission is to enhance, protect, and conserve the water and associated land resources of the Potomac River and its tributaries through regional and interstate cooperation. The IPCRB administers an interstate compact, authorized by Congress in 1940, which aims to help the Potomac basin states and the federal government to enhance, protect, and conserve the water and associated land resources of the Potomac River basin. The Commission is responsible for regulating and controlling pollution impacts and water uses. The Commission provides planning coordination for the development and use of the water and associated land resources through cooperation with, and support and coordination of, the activities of federal, state, local and private agencies, groups, and interests concerned with the development, utilization and conservation of the water and associated land resources.
Interstate Mining Compact (Maryland) Maryland Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS State/Province This legislation authorizes the state's entrance into the Interstate Mining Compact, a multi-state governmental agency / organization that represents the natural resource and related environmental protection interests of its member states. Currently, 23 states are members to the compact, and 6 additional states are associate members. The compact is administered by the Interstate Mining Compact Commission, which does not possess regulatory powers but “provides a forum for interstate action and communication on issues of concern to the member states” and thus aids the development of effective regulatory programs and environmental protection initiatives.
Interstate Mining Compact Commission (multi-state) Alabama
Arkansas
Illinois
Indiana
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Missouri
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia
West Virginia
Safety and Operational Guidelines
Siting and Permitting
Yes Coal with CCS
Natural Gas
Nuclear
State/Province The Interstate Mining Compact is a multi-state governmental agency / organization that represents the natural resource and related environmental protection interests of its member states. Currently, 23 states are members to the compact, and 6 additional states are associate members. The compact is administered by the Interstate Mining Compact Commission, which does not possess regulatory powers but “provides a forum for interstate action and communication on issues of concern to the member states” and thus aids the development of effective regulatory programs and environmental protection initiatives. The Commission exercises several powers on behalf of the states, all of which are of a study, recommendatory or consultative nature. The Commission does not possess regulatory powers, as some Compacts do. The Commission provides a forum for interstate action and communication on issues of concern to the member states. It is the potential to stimulate the development and production of each state's mineral wealth through effective regulatory programs that draws many of the states together in the prosecution of the Commission's work. Given the environmental sensitivities associated with this objective, a significant portion of the Commission's work is dedicated to the environmental protection issues naturally associated with this mineral development. It is the significant value and clout that comes from "compacting" together and speaking with a strong, united voice that can make a difference in each state's efforts to implement effective regulatory programs that will conserve natural resources and secure a vibrant state (and thus national) mineral economy.
Interstate Oil and Gas Conservation Compact (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Natural Gas State/Province This legislation authorizes the State to join the Interstate Compact for the Conservation of Oil and Gas. The Compact is an agreement that has been entered into by 30 oil- and gas-producing states, as well as eight associate states and 10 international affiliates (including seven Canadian provinces). Members participate in the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, which functions as a forum for governors, state appointees and key policy staff focusing on key oil and natural gas issues, and tracks, evaluates, and disseminates information on state activities and best practices.
Interstate Oil and Gas Conservation Compact (Multiple States) Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Florida
Georgia
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Michigan
Mississippi
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Mexico
New York
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
South Dakota
Texas
Utah
Virginia
West Virginia
Wyoming
Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Natural Gas
Biomass/Biogas
State/Province The Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission assists member states efficiently maximize oil and natural gas resources through sound regulatory practices while protecting the nation's health, safety and the environment.

The Commission serves as the collective voice of member governors on oil and gas issues and advocates states' rights to govern petroleum resources within their borders.

The Commission formed the Geological CO2 Sequestration Task Force, which examines the technical, policy and regulatory issues related to safe and effective storage of CO2 in the subsurface (depleted oil and natural gas fields, saline formations and coal beds).

The Commission also funds research on hydraulic fracking, reusing water used in extracting oil and gas, and makes recommendations on national energy policies and statutes for individual states.

The Commission also has several associate states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. In addition, it has international affiliations with the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon.
Job Creation Tax Credit (Maryland) Maryland Corporate Tax Incentive Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
State/Province The Job Creation Tax Credit provides a $1000 tax credit to businesses that create new jobs; the credit is 2.5% of the aggregate annual wages for all newly created full-time positions. This credit is increased to five percent in revitalization zones, up to $1500 per job. Credits may not exceed $1 million per year and may be carried forward for five years. Sixty jobs must be created during a 24-month period. Eligible businesses include public utilities. In a “Priority Funding Area,” a business needs only to create a minimum of 25 new positions.
Kent County - Wind Ordinance (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Wind energy Local This ordinance establishes provisions and standards for small wind energy systems in various zoning districts in Kent County, Maryland.
Maryland Enterprise Zone Tax Credits (Maryland) Maryland Enterprise Zone Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
State/Province Businesses locating in a Maryland Enterprise Zone may be eligible for income tax and real property tax credits in return for job creation and investments. Businesses located in one of two focus areas are also be eligible for personal property tax credits. There are two forms of Enterprise Zone Tax Credits: (1) Ten-year credit against local real property taxes on a portion of real property improvements. The credit is 80% the first five years, and decreases 10% annually to 30 percent in the tenth and final year. (2) One-time income tax credits of $1,000 per new worker. For economically disadvantaged employees, the credit is $6,000 per employee over three years.
Maryland Radiation Act (Maryland) Maryland Safety and Operational Guidelines Yes Nuclear State/Province The policy of the state is to provide for the constructive use of radiation and control radiation emissions. This legislation authorizes the Department of the Environment to develop comprehensive programs and policies to manage radiation risks, review radiation source plans and applications, and conduct inspections to determine radiation hazards. Local regulations enacted by a county, municipality, or a board of health are permitted as long as they are consistent with state law and regulations. A Radiation Control Advisory Board is established within the Department to aid the Department's efforts under this legislation. This legislation contains additional information on the regulation of radiation sources, low-level radioactive waste disposal, and enforcement.
Maryland Soil Conservation Districts Law (Maryland) Maryland Environmental Regulations Yes Biomass/Biogas State/Province It is the policy of the state to conserve the soil, water, and related resources of the state through establishing regulations for land-use practices related to soil erosion. This legislation establishes the State Soil Conservation Committee and local Soil Conservation Districts. Districts are authorized to enact local rules and regulations pertaining to land use practices and soil conservation, while the Committee is responsible for facilitating cooperation and the interchange of information between districts, and aiding district programs.
Maryland Wildlands Preservation System (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
State/Province Maryland has a State Wildlands Preservation System, administered by the Department of Natural Resources, that is meant to protect these areas and provide for their future use and enjoyment. The construction or placement of permanent roads, structures, and installations is severely restricted in designated wildlands areas.
Mines and Mining (Maryland) Maryland Safety and Operational Guidelines
Siting and Permitting
Yes Coal with CCS
Natural Gas
Nuclear
State/Province It is the policy of the state to encourage the development of mined resources in Maryland while protecting the environment and public health and safety. This legislation establishes the Bureau of Mines within the Department of the Environment and provides for the establishment of rules and regulations governing mining activity. The legislation addresses the permitting process for mining activities; the examination, licensing, inspection, and supervision of mining activity (sec. 15-301 et seq.); mine safety (sec. 15-401 et seq.); strip mining (sec. 15-501 et seq.); deep mine control (sec. 15-601 et seq.); and surface mining (sec. 15-801 et seq.).
Montgomery County - Home Energy Loan Program (Maryland) Maryland Loan Program No Geothermal Electric
Solar Photovoltaics
Wind energy
Local This program is currently on hold. It provides loans to homeowners, re-paid through the property-tax bill, for energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements.
Montgomery County - Renewable Rights - No Private restrictions on Renewables (Maryland) Maryland Industry Recruitment/Support Yes Geothermal Electric
Solar Photovoltaics
Wind energy
Local Provides that “a person must not create or enforce any deed restriction, covenant, rule, or regulation, or take any other action, which would prohibit the owner of any building from installing a renewable energy device.”
Montgomery County Clean Energy Rewards Program (Maryland) Maryland Grant Program No Solar Photovoltaics
Wind energy
Local This program closed in June 2010. Montgomery County has established a Clean Energy Rewards Program under which the County will provide financial incentives to encourage consumers throughout Montgomery County to choose electricity produced by eligible renewable energy sources. The financial incentives will be in the form of incentive payments made available to consumers through their clean energy suppliers, or delivered directly to on-site generators. The rate for these incentives is $0.005/kWh with a cap, per participant, of 20,000kWh for residential and 400,000kWh for non-residential participants.
One Maryland Tax Credit (Maryland) Maryland Corporate Tax Incentive Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
Local The One Maryland Tax Credit applies to businesses that invest in an economic development project in a “qualified distressed county.” Project tax credits may be up to $5 million and start-up tax credits may be up to $500,000. The business must create at least 25 full-time positions within 24 months.
PJM Interconnection (Multiple States) Delaware
Illinois
Indiana
Kentucky
Maryland
Michigan
New Jersey
North Carolina
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Tennessee
Virginia
West Virginia
District of Columbia
Interconnection Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
Non-Profit PJM (originally Pennsylvania, Jersey, Maryland) Interconnection is a Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) that coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity in all or parts of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. The PJM region has an area of 214,000 square miles, a population of about 60 million and a peak demand of 163,848 megawatts.
Pipeline Safety (Maryland) Maryland Safety and Operational Guidelines Yes Natural Gas State/Province The Public Service Commission has the authority enact regulations pertaining to pipeline safety. These regulations address pipeline monitoring, inspections, enforcement, and penalties.
Power Plant Research and Siting Program (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
State/Province The Power Plant Research and Siting Act of 1971 established the Power Plant Research Program (PPRP) to evaluate electric generation issues in the state and recommend responsible, long-term solutions. The program manages a consolidated review of all issues related to power generation in Maryland: it reviews applications, evaluates impacts, and recommends conditions for proposed power plants, transmission lines, and modifications; assesses the impacts of electric power production on the State's environmental resources; and evaluates long-range plans to meet electricity demand. Electric power generators must obtain a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) from the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) to build or modify power plants and transmission lines in the State, and PPRP assists with multiple steps of the review process.
Prince George's County - Solar Zoning (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Solar Photovoltaics Local Prince George's County has created special provisions for solar panels in their zoning codes.
Prince George's County - Solar and Geothermal Equipment Property Tax Credit (Maryland) Maryland Property Tax Incentive No Geothermal Electric
Solar Photovoltaics
Wind energy
Local Md. Property Tax Article § 9-203 allows local governments to offer property tax credits for energy conservation devices if they choose to do so. This credit applies to geothermal and solar PV and thermal systems on residential structures only. The credit is equal to 50% of the cost of the system, up to $5,000 for heating and cooling systems and $1,500 for water heating systems. The amount of the tax credit cannot exceed the taxes imposed on the property during a fiscal year. Maximum credits issued by the country during a fiscal year cannot exceed $250,000.
Prince George's County Underground Storage Act (Maryland) Maryland Environmental Regulations Yes Natural Gas Local A gas storage company may invoke eminent domain to acquire property in Prince George's County for underground gas storage purposes. The area acquired must lie not less than 800 feet below the surface of a maximum of 12,000 acres of land, and may be owned by a public body. A permit from the Department of the Environment, along with an order from the Public Service Commission, is required prior to the use of eminent domain. The Act contains further information on eminent domain, landowner, and property rights, and fees. The Act is contained in section 14-201 et seq. Of the Environment Article, Annotated Code of Maryland; additional provisions concerning environmental regulations relevant to gas storage in Prince George's County can be found in section 14-301 et seq.
Private Activity Revenue Bonds (Maryland) Maryland Bond Program Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
State/Province Private Activity Revenue Bonds are available in the form of both taxable bonds and tax-exempt bonds. Both types of bonds provide access to long-term capital markets for fixed asset financing. Eligibility for the tax-exempt bonds is limited by Federal tax law to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and manufacturing facilities. Additional limitations apply to the specific transaction type.
Qualifying RPS State Export Markets (Maryland) Maryland Renewables Portfolio Standards and Goals Yes Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
Coal with CCS
Nuclear
Natural Gas
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province This entry lists the states with Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) policies that accept generation located in Maryland as eligible sources towards their RPS targets or goals. For specific information with regard to eligible technologies or other restrictions which may vary by state, see the RPS policy entries for the individual states, shown below in the Authority listings. Typically energy must be delivered to an in-state utility or Load Serving Entity, and often only a portion of compliance targets may be met by out-of-state generation. In addition to geographic and energy delivery requirements, ownership, registry, and other requirements may apply, such as resource eligibility, generator vintage and capacity limitations, as well as limits on Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) vintage. The listing applies to RPS Main Tiers only, and excludes solar or distributed generation that may require interconnection only within the RPS state. This assessment is based on energy delivery requirements and reasonable transmission availability. Acceptance of unbundled RECs varies. There may be additional sales opportunities in RPS states outside the Eastern Interconnection. REC prices in markets with voluntary goals (North Dakota, South Dakota, Virginia) may be lower.
Queen Anne's County - Clean Energy Loan Program (Maryland) Maryland Loan Program Yes Geothermal Electric
Solar Photovoltaics
Wind energy
Local A loan program established by Queen Anne's County in order to fund cost effective energy efficiency improvements or install a renewable energy device in eligible homes.
Queen Anne's County - Solar Zoning (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Solar Photovoltaics Local Queen Anne's County zoning code allows for ground mounted solar arrays in areas zoned as "open space," "agricultural," and "countryside" districts.
Regulation of Gas, Electric, and Water Companies (Maryland) Maryland Safety and Operational Guidelines
Siting and Permitting
Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
State/Province The Public Service Commission is responsible for regulating gas, electric, and water companies in the state. This legislation contains provisions for such companies, addressing planning and siting considerations for electric generation facilities and transmission lines, consumer relations and rate-making, and natural gas supplier licensing. Section 7-501 et seq. Contains provisions for electric industry restructuring, which are aimed to create a competitive electricity supply and electricity supply services market within the state. Regulations for the placement of transmission lines by electricity generators can be found in COMAR 20.79.
Sewage Sludge (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Biomass/Biogas State/Province Sewage sludge utilization permits are required prior to the use, processing, and disposal of sewage sludge in Maryland. Sewage sludge (also known as biosolids) is not sewage, but rather is one of the final products of treated sewage at a sewage (wastewater) treatment plant. Sewage sludge is the fine particulate matter remaining after treatment which breaks down organic matter and destroys disease organisms in sewage. A SSU Permit is required for any person who collects, incinerates, stores, treats, applies to land, transports or disposes of sewage sludge or septage in Maryland.
Shore Erosion Control (Maryland) Maryland Environmental Regulations Yes Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
State/Province The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for creating and implementing a program designed to minimize shore erosion through education, erosion control projects, promulgate regulations, and oversee the design and erection of shoreline structures.
Soil Erosion and Sediment Control (Maryland) Maryland Environmental Regulations Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Wind energy
State/Province The Departments of the Environment and Natural Resources are authorized to develop regulations to combat soil erosion and control the addition of sediment to waters of the state. As part of the Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Program, an approved plan is required for any earth disturbance of 5,000 square feet or more and 100 cubic yards or more, and oversight is granted to the Departments and to local soil conservation districts. Some exemptions apply.
Somerset County - Wind Ordinance (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Wind energy Local This ordinance creates regulations for the permitting of Small Wind Energy Systems as a permitted accessory use in R-1, R-2, R-3, MRC and AR zoning districts, subject to certain requirements.
Southern States Energy Compact (Multiple States) Alabama
Arkansas
Florida
Georgia
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Mississippi
Missouri
North Carolina
Oklahoma
Puerto Rico
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
United States Virgin Islands
Virginia
West Virginia
Industry Recruitment/Support
Environmental Regulations
Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province The Southern States Energy Compact provides for the proper employment and conservation of energy, and for the employment of energy-related facilities, materials, and products, within the context of a responsible regard for the environment, among the Southeastern states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Southern States Energy Board is responsible for administering the Compact and may adopt bylaws, rules, and regulations in conjunction with state agencies. The Board also encourages the development, conservation, and responsible use of energy and energy-related facilities, installations, and products as part of a balanced economy and a healthy environment.
St. Mary's County - Wind Ordinance (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Wind energy Local The purpose of these regulations is to allow a Small Wind Energy System used

to generate electricity at a rated capacity (as defined by the manufacturer) of 100

kilowatts or less to be constructed and installed for on-site consumption only.
State-Ocean City Beach Erosion Control District (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
Local A Beach Erosion Control District constitutes part of the Ocean City shoreline. Land clearing, construction activity, or the construction or placement of permanent structures within the district is prohibited.
Stormwater Management (Maryland) Maryland Environmental Regulations Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Wind energy
State/Province Maryland's Stormwater Management Program, administered by the Department of the Environment, aims to reduce stormwater runoff. The program requires the submission of a stormwater management plan prior to land development.
Surety Bond Program (Maryland) Maryland Bond Program Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
State/Province The Surety Bond Program, a program of the Maryland Small Business Development Financing Authority, assists eligible small businesses in obtaining bid, performance or payment bonds necessary to perform on contracts where the majority of funds are also provided by a government agency or public utility. Bonds that are directly issued are limited to $5,000,000. Guaranties are limited to 90% of the face value of the bond not to exceed a maximum participation of $5,000,000.
Susquehanna River Basin Compact (Maryland) Maryland Environmental Regulations Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
State/Province This legislation enables the state's entrance into the Susquehanna River Basin Compact, which provides for the conservation, development, and administration of the water resources of the Susquehanna River Basin. The Susquehanna River Basin Commission is responsible for coordinating water resource and planning efforts within the basin. The states of New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland are party to this compact. The Compact established the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) as the agency to coordinate the water resources efforts of the three states and the federal government. The commissioners, or their alternates, meet periodically to act on applications for projects using water, adopt regulations, and direct planning and management activities affecting the basin's water resources.
Talbot County - Wind Ordinance (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Wind energy Local This ordinance amends the Talbot County Code, Chapter 190, Zoning, Subdivision and Land Development, to permit small wind turbine systems with wind turbine towers not to exceed 160 feet in total height and amends standards for small wind turbine production facilities.
Washington County - Solar Ordinance (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Solar Photovoltaics Local Provides for zoning restrictions on solar energy systems, including (1) six foot setbacks; (2) 20 foot height limitations on freestanding systems; (3) limitations on square feet of freestanding systems to no greater than ½ the footprint of the principle structure or six hundred feet (whichever is greater); (4) providing rooftop systems cannot exceed 12 feet above the roof line.
Washington County - Wind Ordinance (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Wind energy Local This ordinance establishes regulations to facilitate the installation and construction of Small Wind Energy Systems in Washington County for private landowners, subject to reasonable restrictions which will preserve the public health and safety.
Water Pollution Control and Abatement (Maryland) Maryland Environmental Regulations Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Natural Gas
Nuclear
State/Province The Department of the Environment is responsible for protecting the water quality of the state and enacting regulations to prevent and mitigate water pollution. The Water Management Administration (WMA) issues permits to protect Maryland’s water resources by controlling industrial and municipal wastewater discharges. Surface water discharges are regulated through combined State and federal permits under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). Groundwater discharges are regulated through State issued groundwater permits. Section 9-301 of the Environment Article in the Annotated Code of Maryland contains provisions for water use and monitoring programs and discharge permits.
Wetlands and Riparian Rights (Maryland) Maryland Environmental Regulations Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
State/Province The Department of the Environment regulates dredging, dumping, filling, and similar activities in wetland areas to protect the environmental and public values of the wetlands and to sustain their ability to control floods. Regulations will be enacted with the consent of the Maryland Agricultural Commission. This legislation contains provisions to protect the rights of riparian owners and landowners. Licensing requirements for the construction of non-water dependent structures on piers can be found in section 16-104; such structures may not be permitted in Prince George's County. This legislation addresses licensing and fees for dredging, filling, construction, and similar activities in state and private wetlands, as well as the determination of the boundaries of those wetlands.
Wicomico County - Wind Ordinance (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Wind energy Local Establishes zoning regulations for the installation and construction of small wind energy systems in Wicomico County for private landowners, subject to reasonable restrictions.
Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (Maryland) Maryland Environmental Regulations Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
State/Province It is state policy to protect the outstanding scenic, geologic, ecologic, historic, recreational, agricultural, fish, wildlife, cultural, and other similar values of certain rivers and adjacent lands. The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for designating rivers and river segments to be classified as wild and scenic, and development and construction are restricted on or near these rivers.
Wildlife Management Areas (Maryland) Maryland Environmental Regulations
Siting and Permitting
Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
State/Province Wildlife Management Areas exist in the State of Maryland as wildlife sanctuaries, and vehicles, tree removal, and construction are severely restricted in these areas. Some of these species are also classified as Natural Heritage Areas, which exist for the preservation of threatened or endangered animals or plants.
Worcester County - Wind Ordinance (Maryland) Maryland Siting and Permitting Yes Wind energy Local Establishes regulations for the installation of Small Wind Energy Systems.
Youghiogheny Wild and Scenic River (Maryland) Maryland Environmental Regulations Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
Local Portions of the Youghiogheny River are protected under the Scenic and Wild Rivers Act, and development on or near these areas is restricted. COMAR section 08.15.02 addresses permitted uses and allowable and prohibited agricultural, mining, commercial, industrial, and recreational activities in these areas, as well as stream alteration and diversion.