Maryland’s Energy Consumption
Maryland began the process of deregulating their energy market in 1999. The state legislature passed the Electric Utility Industry Restructuring Act that changed the face of the MD utility industry. Under the act, Maryland residents had a choice to choose their power supplier from either their utility or a retail energy supplier (REP). By 2007, the utilities in the state had completely restructured and independent retail energy providers we able to offer their services to Maryland residents. Below you will find more information about energy usage, rates, solar potential and energy sources in Maryland.
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Solar Score for Maryland
Compare Electricity has developed a solar score for Maryland residents and businesses of 35/100. The score is based on on a combination of factors including how much sun the area receives, roof space and obstacles that may obstruct the sun, electricity generation needed to be cost-effective, and more. Here is a description of each section of the solar score graph:
- Red = “Not Viable” meaning a solar installation would not be cost-effective.
- Yellow = “Viable” meaning a solar installation would pay for itself over time.
- Green = “Very Viable” meaning a solar installation would pay for itself quickly and has large savings potential.
Sources for Maryland
Maryland produces energy from a variety of sources. Here are the state’s current energy sources and energy production trends.
- Coal and nuclear power account for nearly 75% of Maryland’s total energy production
- 40% of Maryland residents use electricity to heat their homes in the winter
- Maryland is home to the Conowingo hydroelectric power plant, one of the biggest hydroelectric plants in the US
- Natural gas has been increasing in the last decade but is still far behind coal and nuclear power in MD
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