Ted Michaels of the Energy Recovery Council testified this week in the Maryland legislature in support of a pair of bills that would move waste-to-energy from a Tier 2 renewable to a Tier 1 renewable in the state renewable portfolio standard. At hearings before the Senate Finance Committee and the House Economic Matters Committee, ERC fully supported the legislation and urged passage to ensure that there would be sufficient incentives in place to drive new development of waste-to-energy in Maryland. Also testifying in favor of the legislation were Robin Davidov of the Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority, Nickolas Themelis of Columbia University/WTERT, and Rick Brandes, formerly of the U.S. EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery. The Maryland Energy Administration also submitted testimony supporting the legislation. The Senate bill (SB 690) was passed unanimously in committee the day following the hearing.