Thomas M. Middleton, Co-Chair (chosen by Senate President)
Vacancy, Co-Chair (chosen by House Speaker)

Appointed by Senate President: Stephen S. Hershey, Jr.; James N. Matthias, Jr.

Appointed by House Speaker: Luke H. Clippinger; Sally Y. Jameson; Johnny F. Mautz IV.

Ex officio: R. Michael Gill, Secretary of Commerce; Robert C. Brennan, Executive Director, Maryland Economic Development Corporation; Mary Beth Tung, Esq., Ph.D., Director, Maryland Energy Administration; I. Katherine Magruder, Executive Director, Maryland Clean Energy Center; James M. Harkins, Director, Maryland Environmental Service; John M. Wasilisin, Acting Executive Director, Maryland Technology Development Corporation; D. Gregory Cole, Executive Director, Maryland Industrial Development Financing Authority.

Staff: Tamela D. Burt; Stephen M. Ross; Robert K. Smith; Tonya D. Zimmerman.

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e-mail: tami.burt@mlis.state.md.us

Report to Governor & General Assembly due Dec. 1, 2016 (Chapter 577, Acts of 2016).

In June 2016, the Task Force on the Maryland Clean Energy Center was created (Chapter 577, Acts of 2016). The Maryland Clean Energy Center encourages the development both of the clean energy industry and deployment of clean energy technologies; works to attract and retain business activities in the State's clean energy technology industry sector; and promotes economic development and the health, safety, and welfare of Marylanders. The Task Force is to determine how best to make the Maryland Clean Energy Center self-sustaining.

First, the Task Force will assess what programs currently are provided by the Center, and what programs it could provide, including the establishment of a green bank. Whether the Center should partner with existing State financing instrumentalities is to be considered, as well as the advantageousness of the Center co-locating with such an instrumentality or another State agency. Further, the Task Force is to determine whether the balance of loans to the Center from the Maryland Energy Administration in FY2009 should be converted to a start-up grant towards making the Center self-sustaining. Finally, the Task Force will decide how much annual grant funding the Center needs until it achieves financial sustainability.

Authorization for the Task Force ends June 30, 2017.

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