MES Announces Pilot Dredging Project at Conowingo Dam

The Maryland Environmental Service (MES) & Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) are set to begin a Pilot Dredging Project at Conowingo Dam.  In a recent announcement by MES, both MES and MDE are set to begin a Pilot Dredging Project at the Conowingo Dam. This pilot project is an important step toward understanding the role that dredging can play in mitigating the effects of upstream discharges and the lost trapping capacity of the Conowingo…

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BGE Brings BioGas to Maryland

After winning approval from the Public Service Commission in late August, BGE becomes the first Maryland utility to use biogas in its distribution system.  Baltimore Gas and Electric has become the first utility in Maryland to use biogas in its distribution system. The recent addition of this new fuel comes on the heels of the Public Service Commission's late August approval of BGE's request. According to WTOP: “This first RNG project in Maryland [will] jump-start…

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EPA Solicitations for FY2022 Brownfield Grants Open

Now through Dec 1, the EPA is accepting solicitations for its FY2022 Brownfield Grant Program.  The EPA's Brownfield Program recently opened for local governments applications. Guidelines for FY22 grants have recently been revised and can be found on the EPA's website. Available brownfield grants include Assessment Grants, Revolving Loan Fund Grants, and Cleanup Grants. According to the EPA: A brownfield is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the…

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Maryland Smart Energy Communities FY22 Applications Now Open

The Maryland Smart Energy Communities (MSEC) program is now open and accepting applications for the more than $1.03 million available in Fiscal Year 2022. Existing MSEC communities and first-time applicants are encouraged to apply for the MSEC program administered by the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA). Funding may be used for energy efficiency, renewable energy and transportation projects. The deadline for submitting applications is November 12, 2021. From MEA: Now in its 10th year, the MSEC…

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National Clean Energy Week in Maryland

Governor Hogan proclaims National Clean Energy Week in Maryland, September 20th - September 24th, 2021. The Governor's proclamation highlights Maryland's goal of finding an affordable, clean, reliable, renewable, and resilient energy future. This includes a commitment to further use and developing and implementing clean and renewable energy technology in the state. Overall NCEW encompasses a diverse array of energy sources, including: "solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal, nuclear, natural gas, biomass, carbon capture, and waste-to-energy" (NCEW). "I…

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Deadlines Loom Nationally for Patchwork of State Utility Moratoriums

A national patchwork of state utility moratoriums begins to unravel with no federal action; Maryland's partial moratorium is set to expire November 1.   In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal, state, and local governments across the nation began instituting eviction moratoriums on housing. Last month, the federal eviction moratorium was struck down by the Supreme Court. This left only state and local level moratoriums in place. Currently, a comparable situation is brewing for…

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Solar Offers Pathway for Diversification on Family Farms

The Maryland state government has committed itself to hitting 50% renewable energy by 2030. Using farmland to help harvest solar energy offers a path to sustainable income and energy.   Howard County recently announced the signing of an agreement with CI Renewables to construct and operate solar panels at no cost to taxpayers; the county is set to later pay for the power generated by the panels. This new agreement is part of the solar plan announced by Howard County earlier this summer.  …

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PA Set to Join Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

Environmentalists on both sides of the Mason Dixon line are breathing a sign of relief as PA’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) voted to approve regulations required to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).   On Wednesday, the IRRC voted on a CO2 Budget Trading Program. This vote was one of the last steps in Governor Wolf’s push to bring the Commonwealth into RGGI and would help meet his plan to reduce state carbon emissions…

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Transformation to the Grid of the Future: Maryland Clean Energy Center Hosts FREE Webinar

Maryland Clean Energy Center to host a free webinar to discuss the grid of the future, Tuesday, September 14, 10:30AM.  “Regulators are implementing directives to transform the grid for the future. What impacts can ratepayers and consumers expect to result from FERC Order 2222 and the Maryland PC 44 process? This session examines the deployment of distributed resource markets for load balancing and reliability, and how asset owners get paid to play for distributed energy,…

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The Future of Maryland’s Workforce: Apprenticeship Programs for Public Workers

The MACo Summer Conference featured a session discussing challenges facing Maryland’s public trades workforce and how Counties can turn those challenges into rewarding opportunities. This session was moderated by Jack Wilson, Commissioner for Queen Anne’s County.   It is no secret that the labor force in the United States is shifting. More individuals are attaining higher education, and each generation is becoming more educated then the last. This shift in the labor force is posing…

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