Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, an assumed 2014 candidate for governor, visited Maryland's Salisbury University in an effort to learn how to cleanly and economically convert poultry litter into energy. Gansler wants to know how to get rid of large amounts of poultry litter without harming water or air quality but still being profitable, according to news sources.
He passed out a list of possible solutions, including credit multipliers for utility companies that purchase renewable energy from Chesapeake watershed farm waste, farm renewable energy credits and long-term state support for projects that convert chicken litter to energy on the Delmarva Peninsula.
Gansler is a Democrat serving in his second term as attorney general.
Martin O'Malley, Maryland's current governor who is also a Democrat, earlier in 2013 showed his support for energy converted from poultry litter. On January 19, he announced that the state and the University of Maryland agreed to buy up to 10 megawatts of electricity from a proposed power plant in Federalsburg, Md., that uses poultry litter as its primary fuel.