Tighter greenhouse-gas standards for cars. Lowering emissions ceilings for Maryland and nine other states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
How about increasing incentives for solar energy by making utilities pay higher prices when household users pump kilowatts back onto the grid? How about higher electric rates for households using over a certain number of kilowatts per month?
The state also needs new generation to replace coal plants, and Baltimore is pushing ahead in that area, too. It's generating 3 megawatts using sewage gas. Eventually the city could "easily" install other, small, natural gas-fired generators that would produce a total of 50 megawatts of capacity, Atwood says.