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Md. bill phases out paper mill energy source

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland’s senate has passed a bill that phases out paper mill waste as a preferred alternative energy source.

Supporters say paper mill waste now accounts for nearly half of the Tier 1 renewable energy credits being bought to meet state alternative energy requirements. And they say paper mills, most of which are outside of Maryland, were already using the waste as a power source before the alternative energy requirements were put into place. That means money being used to buy credits for power produced by the mills, is not going to develop solar and wind power.

A compromise in the bill protects the subsidies for a Maryland paper mill in Luke.

The bill passed Thursday now heads to the House of Delegates.