On April 6, 2012, the Maryland General Assembly enacted Senate Bill 1004 designating “thermal biomass systems” as energy resources eligible to receive Tier 1 renewable energy credits (RECs) for their thermal output. This legislation was signed into law on May 22, 2012. RECs will become available in 2013 for qualifying biomass systems. This new Maryland legislation is intended to facilitate the conversion of chicken litter and other animal waste into useful thermal energy.
Click here for a recent article published shortly before the bill was signed into law in the ‘Expert Analysis’ section of Energy Law360, Environmental Law360 and Project Finance Law360 on this topic.