In 2011, Marylanders spent roughly $8.5 million on renewable energy. Of that, almost half went to black liquor and other mill waste. And of that, only 9 percent stayed in Maryland. The rest of that money subsidizes paper mills in other states like Pennsylvania, Virginia and Ohio. This is an egregious case of out-of-state corporate welfare, and it is one of the biggest ratepayer rip-offs in Maryland history. Rather than spending a few hundred thousand dollars per year for the average mill that already makes hundreds of millions of dollars each year from paper sales, we should be spending that money to encourage new and clean energy technologies.