Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) manages a portfolio of grants, loans, rebates, and tax incentives that support the state's goals of energy reduction, renewable energy, climate action, and green jobs. The agency is engaged in renewable energy siting projects, leasing offshore facilities, and developing infrastructure supporting military installations and defense communities.
MEA plays a key role to implement many of the recommendations of the
2019 Statewide Joint Land Use Response Implementation Strategy, specifically those dealing with establishing procedures for permitting renewable energy development that enables civilian-military compatibility and community economic development. In addition, MEA is one of seven state agencies that take part in the review of
Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) applications for permitting approval of utility-scale renewable energy projects (along with the Maryland Department of Transportation, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Planning, Department of the Environment, and the Department of Commerce). MEA is also a part of the
Federal Offshore Siting Process for Renewable Energy projects and co-sponsors the Smart DG+ Siting tool with DNR to help guide renewable energy developers with compatible siting of land-based renewable energy projects. Compatible permitting and siting of renewable energy projects are key to maintaining and protecting the military mission and operational areas in the state.
Compatibility Factors relevant to the Maryland Energy Administration: Energy Development