MACo Welcomes Standard Solar as New Corporate Partner!

Standard Solar, a Summer Conference sponsor, has joined MACo’s Corporate Partner Program as a Bronze Partner! Standard Solar is powering the nation’s energy transformation – channeling its project development capabilities, financial strength, and technical expertise to deliver the benefits of solar, as well as solar + storage, to businesses, institutions, firms, governments, communities, and utilities. Building on 17 years of sustainable growth and in-house and tax equity investment capital, Standard Solar is a national leader…

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Howard Breaks Ground on MD’s Largest Solar Power Purchase Agreement

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, joined by state and local leaders, last week broke ground on the first of 11 transformational solar projects as part of Howard County’s Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). The agreement will generate a monumental 44,000,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) a year, which will cover more than 50 percent of the County’s energy usage and is the equivalent of taking 6,781 cars off the road. "Through the PPA, CI Renewables will, at no cost…

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Choose Who You Use Advocates for New Reforms that Benefit All Electricity Consumers

Choose Who You Use advocates for new reforms that benefit all electricity consumers. Choose Who You Use is a coalition to ensure Marylanders get a real choice when it comes to electricity. This state-wide coalition works to deliver true electricity choice to Maryland, giving consumers the power to make the best electricity choices for themselves and their families. According to Choose Who You Use's website, their goals are as follows: Allow every consumer to find…

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Bioenergy Devco Celebrates Opening of Maryland Anaerobic Digester

This month, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, County Executive Calvin Ball, Director of Maryland Environmental Service (MES), Charles Glass and representatives from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) gathered at Bioenergy Devco’s new anaerobic digestion facility in Jessup, Maryland. “For over six and a half years, Maryland has been setting an example for the nation of strong environmental leadership,” remarked Governor Hogan. “We set a bold goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent…

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US Wind Applauds Whale Research in Maryland Offshore Lease Area

US Wind announces deployment of an ocean buoy that monitors and provides daily reports of whales detected off Maryland's Atlantic coast. Today, US Wind, Inc. ("US Wind") announced its coordination with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MD DNR), Maryland Energy Administration (MEA), University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) on the deployment of an ocean buoy that monitors and provides daily reports of whales detected off Maryland's…

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Ørsted Announces Bid for Expansion of Skipjack Wind Farm

Ørsted announced Wednesday the proposed expansion of its Skipjack Wind Farm off the coast of the Delmarva Peninsula.  The expansion involves "Skipjack Wind 2" in addition to the already developing "Skipjack Wind 1." Ørsted has submitted its bid to the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC), a proposal that would include 760 megawatts of energy. If approved the additional windfarm would be in the same leased area as Skipjack 1. “Ørsted is privileged to already be…

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US Wind Launches Buoy off Ocean City Coast to Collect Wind and Marine Life Data

Maryland-based offshore wind developer US Wind, Inc. (“US Wind”) announced in May the deployment of a meteorological and oceanographic (metocean) buoy to collect wind and marine life data off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland. US Wind was founded in 2011 and has established its position as a premier offshore wind energy development company in the United States. In 2014, US Wind obtained a federal lease for site control to develop approximately 1.5 GW of…

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State of Maryland to Convert Fleet to Zero-Emission Vehicles

The State of Maryland is converting their fleet of traditional fossil fuel vehicles to zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), which includes electric vehicles (EVs).  The Maryland Department of Budget and Management (DBM) plans to purchase 40 fully electric vehicles with Strategic Energy Investment Fund (SEIF), which is managed by the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA). This number reflects roughly 25% of all eligible vehicles purchased by the State in FY21. According to a Maryland Energy Administration press release: Maryland adopted California’s…

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Maryland Energy Administration Gives Funds For Microgrid Feasibility Analysis and Planning

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has announced $566,000 in awards for eight organizations that will fund feasibility analysis, planning and design of microgrids bringing resilience and sustainability to Maryland communities, critical infrastructure, essential businesses and emergency services. One of the eight recipients was the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore. "The Mayor and City Council of Baltimore will use its $100,000 award to conduct feasibility analysis, planning, and design of a campus microgrid to serve its…

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Frederick County Government Recognized as Sustainability Leader

Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford and Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles announced the annual Maryland Green Registry Sustainability Leadership Awards and environmental results. According to the Maryland Department of Energy website, the winners included Frederick County Government, Baltimore Community ToolBank, Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and West Nottingham Academy. Winners were chosen based on their commitment to continuous improvement and environmental results achieved through sustainable practices. A video of the…

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