“I came to office promising to work for an environmental policy that does not demonize or disenfranchise those that love, live, recreate, and work near the water, precisely because of their love of the environment. These are property owners, boaters, businesses, and watermen. Instead, I promised to support initiatives that help these people to be part of the solution. I also recognized that many environmental bills up until I entered the legislature had been lacking the economic piece that is essential for lasting environmental policies that work. Although I worked on many business and job issues, it is important to also let you see what I have done toward my promise to work hard for the environment.” -Ron George
Ron is leading an effort to bring Wind Energy to Greenbury Point at the mouth of the Severn River. The proposed project is to be privately run with perhaps an enhanced use lease with the Navy. There is already a grid in place at this location so no costly taxpayer funded attempts to put a grid in place. The wind energy would supplement, not replace, other forms of energy thus reducing costs. Ron won the Navy’s approval for the idea and the process is moving forward as the Navy has taken the first steps of a feasibility study.
Ron George was also the lead sponsor of: Energy Net Metering for Municipalities. (Passed, 2010), This was supported by all environmental groups and passed the House unanimously. It allows municipalities to store energy credits and apply them to renewable energy projects. All Net Metering bills were folded into one package and signed by the Governor. Ron’s Energy Net Metering for Non-Profits also made it into the Net Metering Package. (HB852, HB501).
In all Ron passed 5 environmental bills that were business and taxpayer friendly unlike what so many others offered.