For example, in many Midwestern states, wind energy is now the cheapest source of electricity. Yet Maryland utilities bought almost $12 million worth of unbundled renewable energy credits from wind farms in North Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio in 2017. When Maryland utilities buy unbundled renewable energy credits from wind farms in other states, we have no way of knowing whether those wind farms need our subsidies, and if so, why Maryland ratepayers should be footing the bill. Maryland could better incentivize new wind development and save money for customers by requiring utilities to enter into contracts to buy real wind energy — including from these Midwestern states — not just the unbundled credits. This “bundled” approach means Maryland customers would buy real clean energy in place of fossil fuels decorated with renewable energy credits.