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Maryland ‘black liquor bill’ resurrected in legislate after special deal for NewPage mill

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Maryland ‘black liquor bill’ resurrected in legislate after special deal for NewPage mill

March 26, 2013 - 06:49
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BALTIMORE , March 26, 2013 (Local News) -Some Annapolis lawmakers have gotten in the Easter spirit a little early. A bill that would curtail millions in renewable-energy subsidies for mostly out-of-state paper mills comes to the Senate floor Monday, after being killed last week and then revived with a special deal for Maryland's only paper-making plant.

The bill, SB684, pushed by environmentalists, would phase out the ability of paper facilities to cash in on Maryland's renewable energy law by burning "black liquor," a tarry byproduct of the pulping process, and other wood waste to power their operations.

Under the 2004 law, paper mills collectively received $3.8 million in 2011 by selling "renewable energy" credits to companies supplying power to Maryland's households and businesses. The state's electricity customers pay slightly higher rates to cover the cost of the credits.

The Baltimore Sun - 'Black liquor' bill resurrected

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