No gas expansion this year
Energy proposal died in session
Calvert County Board of Commissioners supported it. Washington Gas supported it. However, the Natural Gas Infrastructure Expansion and Reinforcement Act did not get enough support in the Maryland General Assembly this past session.
If enacted, the energy proposal would have expanded statewide the natural gas infrastructure and was purported to create jobs, spur economic growth, assist Calvert County in attracting and retaining business and ultimately reduce the cost of energy for residential and business consumers.
According to an independently prepared report released by the Regional Economic Studies Institute, there is an average annual savings per household of $806 over heating oil customers and $1,705 for existing propane customers. Currently, roughly 44 percent of all Maryland households use natural gas as the main heating source. Of the remaining Maryland households who don’t have access to natural gas, nearly 70 percent would consider switching to natural gas as an energy source, according to a January 2016 survey conducted by Gonzales Research and Marketing Strategies.
For now, business and residential consumers will have to wait. House Bill 1324 was introduced by Del. Charles Barkley (D-Montgomery) and crossfiled in the Senate, but it stalled in hearings in both chambers.
Washington Gas has not determined its plans for the proposal for next session, said Bernie Taylor of the energy company’s media relations office, via an email statement.