Maryland Receives $23M for Clean Energy Jobs Development

The Maryland Department of Labor has been awarded nearly $23 million to aid in growing offshore wind-related jobs.  Earlier this week federal and state officials gathered at Tradepoint Atlantic to announce the awarding of a $22.9 million American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge grant for the Maryland Department of Labor (Labor) to implement a new apprenticeship model to support the region’s growing offshore wind industry. Maryland’s project is one of 32 chosen nationwide out of more…

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EPA Studies Fireworks Impact on Water Quality

The EPA will soon begin assessing Perchlorate occurrence in water after the usage of fireworks.  The EPA recently put out a request for applications for funding to study the levels of perchlorates in drinking water, a chemical used in fireworks, and other explosives. Traditionally fireworks have been a mainstay of American celebrations during both New Year and the summer season. New concerns about perchlorates have prompted the EPA to look further into their environmental impact. Applications…

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Work Underway on 50 State EV Charging Network

The Department of Transportation recently announced all 50 states, as well as DC and Puerto Rico have submitted plans for EV charging network.  Earlier this week the U.S. Departments of Transportation and Energy announced all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have submitted EV infrastructure deployment plans as required under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program established and funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. These plans are required to unlock…

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State Opens $400k in Solar Technical Assistance Grants for Counties

The Maryland Energy Administration and the Maryland Environmental Service have opened up applications for Solar Technical Assistance Grants.  The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) recently announced the opening of the Solar Technical Assistance Program. This program provides technical assistance to state and local government agencies to evaluate the potential for, and to site, solar arrays on or around government buildings. Funded through the Strategic Energy Investment Fund, the program also offers access to technical resources and vetted…

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Carroll Pilot Looks to Expand Transit Services

Starting in August, Carroll County will begin a pilot program to assess the demand for weekend transit services.  The Department of Public Works Carroll Transit System will begin a Saturday Services Pilot Program on Saturday, August 6, 2022. The pilot program will provide data to determine the demand for Saturday transit service in the future. Past public forums revealed a continued concern from customers and partners regarding the need for public transportation services on Saturdays.…

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Feds Open $7.3B from New PROTECT Formula Program

Officials from the US Dept. of Transportation recently announced $7.3 billion in new funding from the new PROTECT Formula Program.  In an ongoing effort to combat the effects of climate change and address the growing costs of extreme weather events negatively impacting communities, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced new guidance and $7.3 billion in formula funding to help states and communities better prepare for and respond to extreme weather…

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New Innovations, New Opportunities: Harnessing Developing Technology Trends

New technologies offer more opportunities for efficient and effective service delivery, better policy decisions, and more!  New technology can translate into more effective and efficient public services. Jurisdictions that adopt these new tools often see reduced costs and happier communities. But navigating what works and what to possibly implement can be daunting. MACo's New Innovations = New Opportunities panel looks at both the public and private sectors for new developments that can help improve local…

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Maryland Energy Administration Opens $1.4M Under the OPEN Energy Program

Maryland Energy Administration announces $1.4 Million in awards for Innovative and Novel Efforts under the OPEN Energy Program. The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) recently announced that four awardees have been selected for its Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) OPEN Energy Program. The four awards total $1.4 million in funding to help advance the State’s energy goals in innovative ways. MEA launched the OPEN Energy Program to provide an opportunity to receive and award proposals for energy…

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Montgomery Considers All Electrification Building Code

Montgomery County Council is weighing legislation that would require full electrification of new buildings going forward. Montgomery County Council is considering passing Bill 13-22, which aims to require full electrification of all new buildings going forward. Montgomery County would become the third political subdivision on the east coast to enact such a policy if passed. Several council members have already signaled support, as well as County Executive Elrich. According to Maryland Matters: “The latest U.N.…

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USDOT Announces Funding for Rail Stations Accessibility

Historic investments through the new All Stations Accessibility Program will improve accessibility at transit stations. Thirty-two years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, U.S. rail systems will get a significant boost in federal funds to improve accessibility for all riders. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced this week that it will provide $1.75 billion to make it easier for people to get on board at the nation’s oldest rail public transportation systems,…

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