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

Frederick County Asks PSC For Pause in Solar Projects While Finalizing Zoning Bill

A Frederick News-Post article (2017-04-19) reported that Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner and County Council Vice President M.C. Keegan-Ayer a letter to the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) on April 11 requesting the PSC hold consideration of two utility scale solar projects while the County finalizes zoning legislation for solar farm siting. The two projects, LeGore Bridge … Continue reading Frederick County Asks PSC For Pause in Solar Projects While Finalizing Zoning Bill

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

Baltimore County Solar-Farm Bill Withdrawn

Baltimore County councilman Wade Kach withdrew legislation Tuesday that would have regulated the emerging use of solar facilities on rural lands, saying council members could not agree on limits for the size of such projects. The seven-member council was set to vote Tuesday evening on the measure — which would have addressed issues such as … Continue reading Baltimore County Solar-Farm Bill Withdrawn

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

New Rules for Baltimore County’s Solar Farms?

Baltimore County Council Member Wade Kach is leading an effort to set restrictions on rural solar farms as more and more farmers become interested in setting up solar panels instead of using their land for crops. The Baltimore Sun article states, “I want to get something in place that is reasonable, rational and as good … Continue reading New Rules for Baltimore County’s Solar Farms?

Washington County Approves Tax Deal for Solar Power Project

Another proposed solar project in Washington County has received a payment in lieu of taxes, or PILOT, agreement with county officials. Pinesburg Solar is proposing an approximately 7-megawatt solar array on about 60 acres at 14868 Schetrompf Lane, east of Bottom Road in the Pinesburg community northwest of Williamsport. The project calls for a capital … Continue reading Washington County Approves Tax Deal for Solar Power Project