MEA Launches More Than $5 Million in Resilient Clean Energy Grants

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is launching more than $5 million in grants across three separate programs to support resilient and clean energy projects. Fiscal Year 2021 programs now accepting applications include: Combined Heat and Power (CHP), Parking Lot Solar PV Canopy, and Resilient Maryland. The Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Grant Program will offer $3.3 million through in two rounds, with the first application due on October 2, 2020. CHP systems are best used…

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Carroll Contemplating Community Solar Zoning Changes

The Board of Carroll County Commissioners recently approved a zoning code amendment that would allow community solar projects on agricultural remainders between five and 20 acres. The amendment heads to the County's planning and zoning commission for final approval. Community solar allows consumers the option of purchasing solar energy produced by smaller solar arrays through subscriptions. This gives residents access to clean energy without having to install panels on their own property. In Maryland, community…

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Montgomery to Roll Out Ride On Electric Buses

Montgomery County officials launched the County's first four Ride On electric buses today, with a ceremonial "unplug" ceremony, the buses are scheduled to start running on Friday. Montgomery received a $1.75 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration Low or No Emission Competitive program to purchase the vehicles and charging stations in 2017. Montgomery's Department of Transportation Director, Chris Conklin, said that federal funding accounts for around 50% of the necessary funds to purchase the…

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Maryland Public Service Commission Prohibits Utility Shut-Offs Through November 15

Today, the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) acted to prohibit residential utility service terminations through November 15. As the pandemic and resulting financial crisis continue, many remain concerned about an end to utility shut-off moratoriums. The governor's moratorium put in place by executive order is set to expire September 1. Today, after hearings on the impacts of COVID-19 on customers, the PSC decided to extend the statewide moratorium and prohibit service terminations. Under the ruling…

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Baltimore County Agrees New Cost-Saving Renewable Energy Deal

Baltimore County has signed a new agreement to utilize landfill gas-to-energy, reducing methane emissions, and saving the county an estimated $285,000. Baltimore County today announced it has entered a new power purchase agreement with Energy Power Partners (EPP) for energy produced by methane gas captured at the Eastern Sanitary Landfill in Whitemarsh. In 2019, EPP purchased the gas-to-energy facility at the landfill and has since repurposed the site’s engines to more efficiently generate electricity from…

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Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces Over $950k for Hazardous Materials Cleanup

Yesterday, Maryland's congressional delegation announced $953,854 in new federal funds for Maryland to invest in emergency preparedness plans, pipeline inspection and training for managing bulk transportation of petroleum products and other hazardous materials. $331,078 was awarded to Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). This funding comes from the 2020 Hazardous Material Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grant, through the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration. The grant program, established in 1990, was established to…

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MCEC Launching Energy Economy Speaker Series

The Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) is offering a free webinar series on a variety of timely topics in the energy sector. MCEC is launching a series of free webinars entitled Connecting to the Energy Economy Speaker Series. The series will run from September 3 through November 5, 2020, on Thursdays, from 10:30 AM – Noon. Session topics most likely to interest county representatives include solar energy siting, and the minimum offer price rule (MOPR)…

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Telework and Traffic Trends: Experts Brief House Subcommittee

Today, the Transportation and the Environment Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee heard testimony from several groups on the impacts increased teleworking has had on traffic mitigation and pollution reduction. Panels of experts from several state agencies, the University of Maryland, and regional transportation boards presented data and lessons learned from the increased use of teleworking and the positive impacts it has had on traffic congestion. Presenters included: Transportation Secretary Greg Slater, Secretary of the…

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PSC Hearing Set for Proposed Allegany Solar Project

The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) has announced they will hold a virtual public hearing on the proposed Jade Meadow solar project in Allegany County on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.  The proposed 19.84 MW solar generating project is planned to be constructed on 113 acres of land previously used for surface coal mining in Frostburg. In July the Allegany County Board of Commissioners announced their support for the project through a letter…

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Private Partnership to Build Anaerobic Digestion Facility in Somerset

Site preparation is underway for a new anaerobic digestion plant in Somerset County thanks to a private partnership between enviro-tech company CleanBay Renewables Inc. and construction and engineering company Kiewit Corporation. Through the partnership, Kiewit will design and build CleanBay's bio-refinery in Westover, which will have the ability to recycle more than 150,000 tons of chicken litter annually for conversion to natural gas and fertilizer product. CleanBay will invest $200 million in capital for the…

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