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Posted at 3:36 PM ET, 04/10/2010

Md. House passes solar power bill

By Washington Post Editors

Maryland's House of Delegates has passed a measure to require utilities to buy more of their power from solar energy sources.

The House voted 109-31 on Saturday to approve the bill, which is backed by Gov. Martin O'Malley. The measure also increases payments utilities would make for not meeting the requirements.

The Senate has passed similar legislation, but the two chambers will have to work out some differences. The House version requires companies to purchase a smaller percentage of solar energy and pay less for not meeting the goals.

Supporters say it's important to grow the use of solar energy to help drive down energy prices. But opponents contend it will pass on additional costs to citizens and small businesses.

--Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  | April 10, 2010; 3:36 PM ET
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