Marylanders, especially Millennials, want to see increased use of renewable energy sources in the state. One-half of all residents are willing to pay more each month on their electricity bill in order to purchase 100% of their electricity from wind or solar. More than 60 percent of Millennials are willing to pay more per month for wind-generated electricity, including 23 percent who are willing to pay more than $10 a month. Two-thirds of Millennials are willing to pay more per month for solar-generated electricity, including 26 percent who are willing to pay more than $10 a month. Elements of Smart Grid systems are appealing; but many raise concerns about the affordability of roof-top solar panels, and a small percentage about the health and privacy implications of Smart Meters. Residents largely report being single occupant commuters and find transportation alternatives to be difficult to come by and often unappealing. Download the Report Here.
This report is one of three released from a 2016 statewide survey conducted with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and PSRAI on climate change, energy and transportation, and public health.