MACo Energy Siting Initiative Poised For Final Passage

The Senate Finance Committee gave a favorable report to HB 1350 on April 6, which the House had amended to become its version of MACo’s energy siting Legislative Initiative, SB 931. HB 1350 will need to pass second and third-reader votes in the Senate prior to the General Assembly adjourning Sine Die on Monday, April 10. SB … Continue reading MACo Energy Siting Initiative Poised For Final Passage

MACo Energy Siting Initiative Passes House & Senate Committees

The Senate Finance Committee gave a favorable report on an amended version of MACo’s energy facility siting legislation (SB 931) on March 28 while the House Economic Matters Committees passed out a separate bill (HB 1350) with amendments making the bill identical to SB 931. The amendments were the result of a consensus between MACo and … Continue reading MACo Energy Siting Initiative Passes House & Senate Committees

MACo: Give Counties Greater Role in Energy Siting

MACo Legal and Policy Counsel Les Knapp testified in favor of Senate Bill 851, “Public Service Commission – Application for Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity – Consistency With Comprehensive Plan” on March 14, 2017. The bill was heard before the Senate Finance Committee and was sponsored by Senator Justin Ready. This bill would require … Continue reading MACo: Give Counties Greater Role in Energy Siting

MACo Advocates For Greater Local Role in Energy Siting

MACo Legal and Policy Counsel Les Knapp testified in favor of House Bill 1350, “Public Service Commission – Application for Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity – Consistency With Comprehensive Plan” on March 9, 2017. The bill was heard before the House Economic Matters Committee and was sponsored by Delegate April Rose. This bill would … Continue reading MACo Advocates For Greater Local Role in Energy Siting

Energy Siting Debated at #MACoCon

 County, energy, and State representatives offered there perspectives on emerging challenges posed by the siting of energy generation facilities at the 2016 MACo Winter Conference session The New Wild, Wild West? Energy and Open Space on December 8. Maryland Power Plant Research Program (PPRP) manager Susan Gray described the regulatory process for siting utility scale … Continue reading Energy Siting Debated at #MACoCon

MACo Speaks on Energy Siting, Agritourism Issues

MACo Legal and Policy Counsel Les Knapp discussed energy facility siting issues at the Solar Focus 2016 Conference on November 17 and agritourism issues at the 2016 Agriculture and Environmental Law Annual Conference on November 18. Solar Focus 2016 Solar Focus 2016 is a conference sponsored by the Maryland/DC/Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV- SEIA) At … Continue reading MACo Speaks on Energy Siting, Agritourism Issues

MACo Testifies on Solar Siting, Forest Conservation Act

MACo Legal and Policy Analyst Les Knapp testified before the House Environment and Transportation Committee on the Maryland Forest Conservation Act (FCA) and the siting of utility scale solar energy facilities on November 1, 2017. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Committee announced that the briefing would follow up on discussions and legislation considered during … Continue reading MACo Testifies on Solar Siting, Forest Conservation Act

E&T Committee Holds Open Work Session on Forest Conservation Act, Solar Siting

The House Environment and Transportation (E&T) Committee has announced it will be holding an open work session on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, to further study: (1) the Forest Conservation Act; and (2) solar energy and land management. The Committee will likely consider whether legislation in either of these areas is warranted for the 2018 Session. As previously reported on … Continue reading E&T Committee Holds Open Work Session on Forest Conservation Act, Solar Siting

Caroline County Tackles Solar Siting and Tax Issues

Two work groups formed at the behest of the Caroline County Board of County Commissioners to study solar siting and tax issues held a joint inaugural meeting on May 25. The Work Groups heard information presentations from MACo Legal & Policy Counsel Les Knapp and Open Renewables President Cyrus Tashakkori. The Commissioners formed the work groups … Continue reading Caroline County Tackles Solar Siting and Tax Issues

MACo Advocates for Local Zoning Authority of Large Energy Generation Facilities

MACo Legal and Policy Counsel, Les Knapp, testified in favor of Senate Bill 931, “Local Jurisdictions – Zoning Authority – Generating Stations” on March 14, 2017 in front of the Senate Finance Committee. Senators John Astle and Stephen Hershey sponsored the bill. SB 931 would give a voice to the communities and local governments in … Continue reading MACo Advocates for Local Zoning Authority of Large Energy Generation Facilities