FREDERICK, Md. (AP) – Gov. Bob Ehrlich proposed Monday that the state government buy 10 percent of its electricity from renewable sources such as wind and solar power as part of a push to make Maryland a national leader in fuel conservation. The administration will flaunt its commitment to alternative energy by installing solar power systems on a number of prominent public buildings, including the State Center office complex in downtown Baltimore and the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Ehrlich and other administration officials said. Ehrlich made the announcements at the North American headquarters in Frederick of BP Solar, a photovoltaic manufacturing division of the British energy company BP PLC. ‘We need to get with it,’ the Republican governor said. ‘We want to be No. 1 when it comes to alternative energy in the United States of America.’ Ehrlich also pitched Maryland as the site for a $500 million biosciences energy research laboratory BP aims to build somewhere in the United States or the United Kingdom. Currently, none of the 1 billion kilowatts of electricity the state government uses annually come from renewable sources despite a 2001 executive order signed by Ehrlich’s Democratic […]

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