Combined Heat and Power Partnership
Maryland's Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
|Date Last Updated||8/5/2013|
|Policy Type||State Climate Change Plan|
|Policy Administrator/Contact Office||State of Maryland Department of the Environment|
|Policy Initiation Date||12/31/2011|
|Policy Summary||The plan includes several voluntary measures to facilitate the expansion of CHP units through education and outreach about the benefits of these systems and the enactment of incentives such as: (1) direct subsidies, tax credits or exemptions for purchasing, selling or operating CHP systems; and (2) tax credits for each kilowatt-hour or British thermal unit generated from a qualifying facility.|
Additional support is available for qualifying entities through The Jane E. Lawton Conservation Loan Program, which provides loans to eligible non-profit organizations, local governments (including public school systems and community colleges), and businesses in Maryland to reduce operating expenses by identifying and installing energy conservation improvements. Loans have a payback period of ten years or less and borrowers use the cost savings generated by added improvements as the primary source of revenue for repaying the loans. Because this is a revolving loan fund rather than a one-time grant, repayments and interest earned by the fund will allow the program to continue making loans for the foreseeable future.
Maryland's participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) may also lead to CHP-supportive actions such as loans or grants using public benefit fund resources and measures under its state energy plan.