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Md. Governor Backs Solar Energy Bill

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By Natalie Neumann

Maryland's governor is backing a bill that would increase the amount of solar energy electricity suppliers must use.

In 2011, electric companies would have to include more solar power in the mix of energy that they sell to customers. The amount for 2012 would double. Advocates say the bill would help the state create jobs, become more green and attract more federal funding.

The Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative opposes the bill. Mark MacDougall is SMECO's Senior Vice President. He says the organization supports renewable resources but says the bill would increase energy costs.

"Clean energy is a good thing," says MacDougall. "But we're only behind it to the extent we can provide it to our customers at a reasonable cost."

Other opponents urged legislators to look to nuclear power as a better source for renewable energy.

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