PSC Utility Law Judge Denies Controversial Solar Project in Kent

A Kent County News article (2017-01-11) announced that a utility law judge for the Public Service Commission (PSC) has proposed denying the application for the Mills Branch Solar project in Kent County for a Certificate of public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN). The proposed order would effectively halt 60 mega-watt/370 acre project, which has generated local controversy. Kent argued that … Continue reading PSC Utility Law Judge Denies Controversial Solar Project in Kent

MACo Challenges Local Preemption in Kent County Solar Case

MACo submitted comments to the Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Chief Public Utility Law Judge handling a Kent County case regarding local land use preemption by energy generation facilities such as solar farms. In its comments, MACo: (1) argued against the preemption of local land use requirements by “dispersed” energy generation facilities that feed power into the grid; and (2) improved … Continue reading MACo Challenges Local Preemption in Kent County Solar Case

Kent County Denied Pre Merits Hearing for Solar Farm by Maryland PSC

The Kent County Commissioners were recently denied a motion for a pre merits hearing for a proposed solar farm in Chesterville. According to an article by MyEasternShoreMD.com, the state can pre-empt local zoning laws in public utility matters. In this case, Mills Branch Solar would see a utility-scale solar farm built on more than 300 … Continue reading Kent County Denied Pre Merits Hearing for Solar Farm by Maryland PSC

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