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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]

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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
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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
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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

September 30, 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]

Senator Ben Cardin Op-Ed: No New Offshore Drilling, Pass the Clean Energy Bill

May 11, 2010 by Matt Dernoga
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I am thrilled with Maryland Senators Op-Ed in the Baltimore Sun today which calls offshore drilling to be taken “completely off the map for the entire Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic and Straits of Florida planning areas.”, and also points out that we need to address our failed energy policy by passing comprehensive clean energy and...[read more]

BP closes solar plant in Maryland

March 29, 2010 by Doris de Guzman

BP might be investing left and right in wind farms in the US but when it comes to solar cell and wafer manufacturing, the sail has gone out of this business because of material pricing woes. BP announced last week that it will shutdown its solar manufacturing facility in Frederick, Maryland, and sad as it may be, this move makes...[read more]

Clipper Windpower Share Price Rise

December 2, 2009 by Vicky Portwain

Wind turbine manufacturer Clipper has sold its Maryland wind energy project together with wind turbines for the 70 megawatt capacity project to Constellation Energy. The sale of the ‘Criterion wind energy project’ included 28, Clipper ‘Liberty 2.5MW’ wind turbines for at total of $140m. Constellation is a Fortune 500 company...[read more]

Nuclear Buzz Political Tug-of-War Threatens Constellation-EDF Joint Venture

August 10, 2009 by Jacob Mazer

This article originally appeared in Fuel Cycle Week #338, 8/5/09,By Nancy E. Roth, Managing Editor Rising tensions between the Constellation Energy Group and Maryland regulatory and political authorities have generated sensational headlines in recent months. But last week the rancor quotient spiked when the Maryland Public Service...[read more]