General Assembly Will Again Consider Carbon Tax

The Maryland General Assembly will again consider legislation that adds a tax on greenhouse gas emissions with a goal of zero emissions by 2040. The bill sponsors say Marylanders are already paying for pollution through costs associated with damage to public health and the environment.  “Our Children’s Future Act” will be introduced by Delegate Fraser-Hidalgo and Senator Kramer during the 2020 session. This will be the third time carbon tax legislation is introduced in the…

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Maryland Public Service Commission Disappointed With Federal Energy Order

Maryland's Public Service Commission (PSC) says it's disappointed with The Federal Energy Regulatory Committee's (FERC) ruling that will require PJM Interconnection, the State's Regional Transmission Organization (RTO), to drastically alter its market operations. The PSC believes it will have strong implications for the future of clean energy in the region. Four out of eleven states within PJM limits have in place subsidies for renewables, and fossil fuel generators complain that these subsidies put their industries…

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Carroll Unveils EV Charging Station at County Office Building

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners this week will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate a brand new electric vehicle (EV) charging station at the County's office building in Westminster. “We’re happy to introduce our latest accomplishment to the community and those who helped bring this project to fruition,” said Commissioner Dennis Frazier. “The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the electric vehicle charging station marks the first of its kind for county government.” BGE, a MACo Corporate…

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Solar Siting Tools and Best Practices at #MACoCon

Attendees to the MACo 2019 December Winter Conference learned about some best practices and tools for solar siting during the "Let the Sunshine In: What You Need to Know About Solar Energy Siting" panel on December 5. Caroline County Planning and Codes Director Katheleen Freeman outlined the stakeholder process used by the County to develop its utility-scale solar zoning. Freeman stated that the County established a short moratorium on utility-scale solar projects an formed two…

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Rural County Coalition Shares Lunch, Policy Updates at #MACoCon

The Rural County Coalition held their regular lunch event at the MACo 2019 December Winter Conference on December 5. The Coalition heard updates on a variety of policy issues, including solar siting, the Forest Conservation Act, volunteer firefighters, and Kirwan Commission education funding recommendations. The Rural County Coalition is a MACo Chapter Organization that provides a voice for sixteen of Maryland's rural counties, allowing them to offer their unique perspective on important state and federal…

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Attendees Glimpse Maryland’s Clean Energy Future at #MACoCon

The "Clean and Green: Charting Maryland's Energy Future" panel at the MACo 2019 December Winter Conference discussed how Maryland's energy paradigm is shifting away from fossil fuels and towards renewable (solar and wind) and zero-carbon (nuclear and hydro) power sources. Panelists explained the state anad local land use, regulatory, and infrastructure changes that are coming as Maryland moves towards a renewable and clean energy future. The panel was held on December 5. Maryland Secretary of…

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Smart Growth Subcabinet Answers County Questions at #MACoCon

Counties received updates on a wide array of key policy issues at the MACo 2019 December Winter Conference during the "A Chat with the Smart Growth Subcabinet" panel on December 4. The Smart Growth Subcabinet oversees and advises on Maryland’s growth policies and laws. During the panel, its members provided updates on land use, environmental, housing, economic development, and transportation issues chosen by county elected officials and staff.   Issues covered by the Subcabinet included:…

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Maryland State Fair Adds Solar Power

The Maryland State Fair has announced plans to add over 7,000 rooftop solar panels to it's Timonium fairgrounds. The project will be installed by SolarGaines and financed by NextGrid, allowing the fair to avoid up-front costs.  Fair officials are hoping to have the 2.6 megawatt project completed by spring 2020 to take advantage of an anticipated reduction in energy costs associated with the installation of solar. Costs are not the only reason for the project,…

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