Maryland lawmaker weighs removing ‘black liquor’ from state’s renewable energy portfolio after Verso mill shut

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Maryland lawmaker weighs removing ‘black liquor’ from state’s renewable energy portfolio after Verso mill shut

August 20, 2019 - 17:34
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BALTIMORE, Aug. 20, 2019 (Local News) -A top-ranking lawmaker said Thursday he may introduce legislation next year to change part of the state’s renewable energy portfolio.

Speaking on a panel at the Maryland Association of Counties convention in Ocean City, House Economic Matters Chairman Dereck E. Davis (D-Prince George’s) said he is drafting legislation to remove the substance known as black liquor from the list of renewable energy sources able to receive state subsidies.

Black liquor is a byproduct of paper production, part of the chemical process in which wood is converted into wood pulp and ultimately into paper. It is also an energy source – though its inclusion in government renewable portfolios throughout the country is controversial, particularly with environmental groups.

Maryland Matters - Lawmaker May Seek to Remove ‘Black Liquor’ from State’s Renewable Energy Portfolio

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