MACo Seeks PSC Clearance for Washington County Power Project

MACo has submitted comments on a matter currently pending before the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC). The matter at hand relates to a Washington County facility designed to generate energy from landfills and related lands, and the ability under current law for that facility to effectively “aggregate” its power for sale back onto the general power grid.

MACo’s letter argues that the current law should be interpreted to apply this latitude to county projects, and that comparable projects have been okayed in other areas of the state. From the MACo letter:

In summary, the incident Washington County project should not be denied its connection on policy grounds, as it clearly rests within the intentions of the General Assembly and the Commission’s regulations to enable aggregated metering. The Commission has already seemingly applied comparable logic to other county projects. And the narrow interpretation of regulatory language asserted for the current denial lacks sufficient grounds to overturn these important principles.

We urge the Commission to carefully consider these issues, and to support the Washington County request in this matter.

Read the full MACo letter to the PSC online.

The matter is currently scheduled for the PSC’s administrative hearing on August 13. For more information on the relevant filings by the affected parties, including Washington County itself, see the PSC website for these materials.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties