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O'Malley in Las Vegas for clean energy program

Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to be in Las Vegas Tuesday for a panel discussion on clean energy, appearing alongside former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at an event with big names in national politics.

The day-long National Clean Energy Summit 6.0 is hosted by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, and the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank.

O'Malley, Schwarzenegger and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm will discuss ways states have worked to use clean energy.

Maryland law requires that at least 20 percent of the state's electricity be produced from renewable sources by 2022. O'Malley's climate change plan released last month calls for increasing that percentage to 25 percent by the year 2020. This year, the governor also won approval of legislation to subsidize an off-shore wind energy project.

O'Malley, a term-limited Democrat, has said that his climate change address last month was one of several that would help form the framework of a presidential bid should he choose to run in 2016.

Schwarzenegger, a Republican, and Granholm, a Democrat, both left public office in 2011.

Aides said O'Malley's trip is not being paid for by taxpayers, though the precise funding had not been settled.

ecox@baltsun.com

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