A bill that would require utilities to include 2% solar power in theirelectricity mix by 2022 has passed both the House and Senate inMaryland. The two legislative branches now must reach agreement onpenalties that utilities will pay if they fail to meet the requirements, according to MarylandReporter.com.

The bill’s opponents claimthat the additional costs associated with the bill will be passed on toratepayers and could harm businesses. Proponents, however, point to thejob growth that the measure would introduce.

The legislation’ssponsor, State Sen. Robert Garagiola, D-Montgomery, reportedly expectsthe bill to reach the desk of Gov. Martin O’Malley by the end of the day Monday.

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