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Maryland regulators, energy company express disappointment in Supreme Court ruling

Maryland regulators, energy company express disappointment in Supreme Court ruling

Maryland utility regulators and a power plant developer they offered subsidies both expressed disappointment that the Supreme Court ruled against them Monday, but disagreed over what that means for future state efforts to encourage power plant construction.

The court decided Maryland overstepped its authority when the Public Service Commission ordered state utilities to buy electricity generated at a $775 million natural gas plant that Silver Spring-based Competitive Power Ventures is building in Charles County. The state's actions stepped into the territory of federal regulators, the court ruled.

While the high court made that position clear in its unanimous decision, the...

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