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Maryland Targets Thermal Fuels

Last week, Maryland Governor Wes Moore issued an Executive Order (EO) to implement the state’s Climate Pollution Reduction Plan, the final version of which was finalized in December 2023. If fully realized, the EO would drastically change the energy landscape in the Old Line State and have profound impacts on consumers, businesses, and the delivered fuel industry. The Governor has instructed state agencies to propose a zero-emission (i.e., electric-only) standard for space heating equipment in buildings, as well as a clean heat standard – similar to what is being implemented in Massachusetts and Vermont – that would be applicable to thermal energy systems in residential homes and commercial buildings. In Maryland, 79% of all fuel is sold to residential and commercial customers.

Jonathan Williams, Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Propane Gas Association, has been engaged on this effort since Maryland’s climate plan was first introduced. “The Mid-Atlantic Propane Gas Association and our government affairs team will continue to advocate for energy choice for consumers, and emphasize the importance of a diverse and balanced energy portfolio in Maryland,” Williams said.

As of the 2022 PERC sales report, Maryland was the 25th largest propane market in the country, with 133 million gallons sold. For more information, contact NPGA’s Director of State Affairs, Jacob Peterson.