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Posted at 4:05 PM ET, 04/12/2010

Md. may buy more solar power

By Washington Post editors

The Maryland State Senate has agreed with a scaled back version of a bill that will require utilities to buy more of their power from solar energy sources.

The bill now goes to Gov. Martin O'Malley, who supports the measure. Supporters say it's important to increase the use of solar energy to help drive down energy prices. But opponents contended it would posed additional costs for citizens and small businesses.

-- The Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | April 12, 2010; 4:05 PM ET
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I still have no idea how anyone could be against their states doing this.

Absolutely amazing how paranoid people are towards other sources of energy

Posted by: Bious | April 12, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Because solar energy isn't always cheaper than other types of energy, especially if it has to transmitted long distances. Also, it's not a baseload source of energy, like nuclear or fossil-fuel, which are not dependent on the availability of the sun. So, yes, it can cost more if specific amounts of solar energy are mandated, requiring the utility to buy more expensive when cheaper is available.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | April 12, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

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