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Energy and Sustainability

​​​​​Rated first in academic research and development intensity in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s “Enterprising States Innovate” study, it’s no surprise that Maryland offers a thriving energy sector. Maryland’s research-driven and innovative spirit, combined with strong goals, a multi-modal location, and key investments in the energy sector, make it a prime location for companies offering energy and sustainability products, services or initiatives.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Check out our Energy and Sustainability brochure​, or for more information, contact Michael L​eslie​ ​at 410-767-6869.

Maryland’s Strategic Energy & Sustainability Snapshot


  • In 2014, Maryland invested $221 million on solar installations, a 95% increase from the previous year.
  • In 2015, Maryland ranked second among the states in the square footage of LEED-Certified commercial and institutional green buildings per capita.
  • A new Greenhouse Gas Emissions target requires a reduction of 40% by 2030, one of the strongest climate goals in the country. 
  • Maryland invested over $91 million within the energy sector in the form of grants, loans and rebates in 2015 and allocated over $81 million in 2016.

  • Regional collaboration with one of the world's largest competitive wholesale electricity markets, the PJM Interconnection.
  • Access to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a carbon-trading program generating over $1.3 billion in benefits since 2009.
  • Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requires 25% of energy from renewable sources by 2020.

Central Multi-Modal Location

  • Proximity to federal decision makers: DOE, EPA, USDA
  • Post Panamax Port of Baltimore 
  • Three international airports
  • Five major interstate highways

Exceptional Workforce Pipeline

  • 1st in percentage of professional and technical workers 
  • 1st in concentration of employed doctoral scientists and engineers 
  • 1st in employed geographers and 2nd in physical scientists ​


Energy 101: Clean Energy

Watch these videos by the U.S. Department of Energy to learn more about clean energy and advanced manufacturing.​​​ Topics include wind turbines, fuel cell technology, solar power, biofuel, geothermal energy and many others. Use the menu icon on the left to jump to a specific topic.


​Industry News​




Industry Snapshot

  • Employment (2014) - 27,210 private sector jobs (36,990 including public sector)
  • Leading subsectors:
    • Waste management and remediation - 9,700 jobs
    • Electric and gas power generation, transmission and distribution - 9,400 jobs
    • Administration of environmental quality programs - 4,400 jobs
    • Regulation and administration of utilities - 4,200 jobs
  • Business establishments (2014) - 1,260
  • Total wages (2014) - $2.90 billion
  • Average salary (2014) - $78,540
  • Gross state product (2013) - $7.99 billion
  • Federal procurement (FY2014) - $435 million

Top 10 Employers


Featured Company: Direct Energy Solar

Headquartered in Maryland, Direct Energy Solar​​ is one of the fastest-growing installers of residential and small commercial solar panel systems in the Mid-Atlantic. As part of the Direct Energy family they did $19.5 billion in revenue in 2014. The company was founded in Maryland as Astrum Solar in 2008.​ 

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