Green Banking Goes Local

July 15, 2015 by Devashree Saha

Green Banking

In June Montgomery County, Maryland became the first local jurisdiction in the nation to create a green bank. Green banks provide financing for renewable energy and energy-efficiency projects that commercial sources will not yet provide on their own.[read more]


Maryland's SREC Market: Nothing to be Crabby About

Maryland Energy Market Innovation

Despite consistently ranking in the top 15 state solar markets, Maryland flies under the radar for developers. Due to moderate electricity prices and thin margins, the Maryland market doesn't command the same level of attention as do the frothy markets of California, Massachusetts, or New Jersey.[read more]

Is Community Solar Coming to Maryland?

April 4, 2015 by Sol Systems

State Community Solar Adoption

Although renters or homeowners with shaded roofs may be ineligible to “go solar” themselves, they have to option of subscribing to a share of a community solar energy project so that a portion of their electric bill still comes from clean, solar energy.[read more]

Smart Thermostat Programs Roll on in Texas, Arizona, and Maryland

December 28, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

TXU Energy was one of the first energy retailers to offer a smart thermostat program, way back in 2009. The Texas retailer has now chosen EnergyHub to manage those thermostats, which number in the tens of thousands, according to EnergyHub.[read more]

Energy Benchmarking Goes Countywide in Maryland

May 6, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Following in the steps of Chicago and California, Montgomery County, Maryland recently became the first county in the US to pass an energy benchmarking law. The county may have been inspired by its neighbor, Washington, D.C., which was an early mover on energy benchmarking.[read more]

The Can-Do State: Maryland Tackles Climate Change

August 8, 2013 by Deron Lovaas

Maryland Climate Change Plan

Maryland has just one-upped other states in transportation leadership by boldly going where few states, and certainly not the federal government, have gone: Using a comprehensive suite of transportation policy tools, not just cool car technology, to cut carbon pollution.[read more]

Maryland's Landmark Offshore Wind Legislation

March 12, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

offshore wind energy

Maryland's state legislature has passed Governor O'Malley's signature clean energy initiative to install 200MW of offshore wind capacity and kickstart the state's clean energy industry.[read more]


New Maryland Legislation Will Drive Offshore Wind Energy Development

March 11, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins

At least 200 megawatts of offshore wind energy will soon be built off the shores of Maryland, thanks to new legislation passed this week by the state senate, now on its way to the governor.[read more]

A Utility of the Future in Maryland?

January 11, 2013 by Jim Pierobon

Can Maryland create a utility of the future that is more reliable & customer responsive?That question has been posed by the now newly re-elected Governor of Maryland, Martin O’Malley. He is seeking a “viable method to explore the contours of the utility of the future” with a pilot program to be proposed by March 15, 2013.Utility of...[read more]

Can Maryland get into wind after setbacks in New Jersey and Delaware?

April 2, 2012 by Jim Pierobon

Offshore wind has two strikes against it in New Jersey and Delaware. Cape Wind off Massachusetts’ Nantucket Sound is fighting to stay alive in extra innings. Now Maryland is trying to get ‘on base’ with a second bid by Governor Martin O’Malley.[read more]

Where Maryland Is Getting It Right with Energy Efficiency

January 4, 2012 by Sara Hayes

Maryland has some of the most aggressive energy savings laws in the nation. The state’s commitment to energy efficiency offers a host of benefits to Maryland’s local economy, including consumer energy bill savings and job creation.  Maryland is outpacing national private sector job growth five times over, with many of these new...[read more]

Is NIMBYism a Threat to Small-Scale Renewables?

October 20, 2011 by Silvio Marcacci
The Raging Grannies

Recent polling said 63 percent of Americans support renewable energy investment…in theory. But in practice, Not-In-My-Backyard (NIMBY) opposition to new energy infrastructure prevents about 45 percent of renewable energy proposals from being built across the country, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. NIMBY opposition to utility-scale renewable energy projects is well-known, like the Cape Wind offshore wind project in Massachusetts, which took nine years to obtain permits because of opposition from local residents. But what about small-scale renewables – does NIMBYism threaten them as well?[read more]

How Much Energy Do YOU Use To Brew Coffee And Make Toast?

September 30, 2011 by Jim Pierobon

Now before you reply ‘it’s not enough energy to care,’ consider this: Up until now there was no way to gauge how much electricity a small appliance uses over an average 5- year lifespan. Enter Savenia Labs of Bethesda, Maryland, just north of Washington, DC. Long overlooked because of their relatively modest energy consumption, toaster/...[read more]

Smart Grid Lessons From Baltimore Gas & Electric

June 23, 2011 by Benjamin Lack

 Ken DeFontes, President and CEO of Baltimore Gas & Electric, discusses his company’s approach to implementing smart grid technology into BG&E’s territory.Full Transcription:Justin Segall :Justin Segall here for the Daily Energy Report with Ken DeFontes, President and CEO of Baltimore Gas & Electric. Ken...[read more]

Community Solar Pioneers

October 1, 2010 by WattHead Guest Contributor

David Brosch had a problem many Americans can relate to. He wanted solar power, but wasn't able to put it on his house. His roof had the wrong orientation, a tree partially blocked the sun, and it was more than he could afford. Many of his neighbors were in the same situation -- some were renters, others were too busy to handle the...[read more]