County Officials & Staff Learn About Cost-Effective & Sustainable Energy

Wind Turbine & Solar Panels at Talbot County Bio-Solids Facility
Wind Turbine & Solar Panels at Talbot County Bio-Solids Utilization Facility

MACo’s Energy Symposium was held on November 14, 2013 at the Talbot County Community Center in Easton, MD. The event was sponsored by the Talbot County Department of Parks & Recreation, the Maryland Energy Administration, and the Maryland Department of the Environment.

County officials and staff from across the state gathered to learn about different types of energy, sustainable energy methods, and cost-effective ways of implementing renewable energy practices.

Speakers included:

  • Doug Copeland, Regional Development Manager, EDF Renewable Energy
  • Drew Cobbs, Executive Director, Maryland Petroleum Institute
  • Doug Hinrichs, Clean Energy Program Manager, Maryland Energy Administration
  • Terry Daly, Director of Public Finance, Maryland Clean Energy Center
  • Melvin Powers, Trade Ally Lead, Pepco and Delmarva Power C&I Energy Savings Program

Also included as part of the Symposium was a tour of the Talbot County wind and solar energy projects located at the Talbot County Bio-Solids Utilization Facility in Easton. County Engineer, Ray Clarke, led the tour. Mr. Clarke explained how funding was secured for the projects, how the county navigated the grant, design, and implementation processes, and the amounts of energy and revenue generated by the resulting wind turbines and solar panels.

Presentation descriptions and materials are available here:

Exploring Maryland’s Energy Potential

Maryland is a state that has access to a diverse array of energy resources including: an emerging infrastructure for renewable energy sources, untapped natural gas, substantial coal reserves, and the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. Panelists will discuss and compare the benefits and drawbacks of Maryland’s various energy sectors and the role they could play in providing power for the future.

Sustainable Energy and Efficiency Practices

If implemented properly, energy efficiency and sustainable energy practices can result in both cost savings and environmental benefits. Panelists will discuss best practices and available programs that encourage and enable better energy usage.

For more information on this event, please contact Les Knapp.