Montgomery County’s 2021 Energy Summit Announces Session Schedule

Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the US Green Building Council National Capital Region have announced the preliminary schedule of the virtual 2021 Montgomery County Energy Summit. The Summit’s 2021 theme is “Resiliency, from Building to Community,” and will build upon the County's goal to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2035. The Summit will explore strategies, technologies and case studies. This year's Summit is a forum for the community to discuss ways…

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Baltimore County, Utility Partnering to Install EV Charging Stations

This week, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced that the County is partnering with Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) to bring more charging stations to the area. Building upon other sustainability measures, Baltimore County is working to get 28 new electric vehicle charging stations installed at no cost to the County. Stations will allow EV owners to charge their vehicles with either Level 2 smart chargers or DC fast chargers. A strong charging station…

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MACo Advocates for Energy Project Flexibility

MACo Policy Associate Alex Butler today submitted testimony to the House Economic Matters Committee to support HB 584 Public Utilities - Net Energy Metering. This bill increases the net-metering capacity of a customer–generator project. From the MACo Testimony: HB 584 increases the maximum generating capacity of a net metering electrical generating project from 2 megawatts to 5 megawatts. If the project is located on separate contiguous lots that are owned by a local government, there…

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Suspense Over Solar in Montgomery County Council Split Vote

On Tuesday, January 27th, 2021 The Montgomery County Council voted on three amendments concerning solar farms on the County’s Agricultural Reserve. These amendments would: Expand limitations on where solar farms could be located based on environmentally sensitive areas.Would not require site plan approval use, but would allow for conditional use of any solar facilities larger than 200% of onsite use but smaller than 2 megawatts.Require an impact report in 2023 for these solar farms looking…

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Counties Seek Clean Energy Loan Program Expansion for Grid Resiliency

  On 19, January 2021 MACo Executive Director Michael Sanderson submitted testimony to the Senate Finance Committee to support SB 54 - Local Government - Clean Energy Loan Programs - Grid Resilience Projects. This bill would create an expansion of Maryland's Clean Energy Loan Programs - administered at local options by counties -  to include potential grid resiliency projects. From the MACo Testimony: SB 54 creates a broadened list of project components – still in keeping with…

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Montgomery Receives ‘SolSmart Gold’ Designation for Prioritizing Solar

Montgomery County is the first Maryland jurisdiction to receive a “Gold” designation from the national SolSmart program for making it faster, easier, and more affordable for homes and businesses to go solar. This designation recognizes Montgomery County for taking bold steps to prioritize solar energy growth and streamline the processes necessary for solar development. For companies looking to expand, a SolSmart Gold designation is a signal that the County is “open for solar business.” In…

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MD General Assembly Posts Pre-Filed Bill List

The Maryland General Assembly Senate and House pre-filed bill lists are now available on the General Assembly website. Although the list of pre-file bills are available, there is no bill text at this time. Currently, readers are able to view the bill title, sponsor, and committee assignment. As of today, there are 780 total House and Senate pre-filed bills and resolutions listed on the website. This will be updated to reflect updates on the General…

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Montgomery Converting Landfill to Solar Energy

Montgomery County announced this week that it will turn part of a former landfill into clean energy for low-to-moderate income households and County government. Through a partnership with Ameresco, 16 acres of County-owned land at the former Oaks Landfill will be used for three community solar arrays totaling 6 megawatts. One array will provide energy to the County at no upfront cost, while the other two will generate power for low-to-moderate income households at a…

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Maryland Achieves Top Ten Ranking for Energy Efficiency

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has ranked Maryland sixth in the nation for energy efficiency, placing the state in the top ten for the tenth year in a row.  ACEE's State Energy Efficiency Scorecard tracks individual policies and reviews states using 32 metrics. States are then awarded points based on their efforts to reduce energy use, such as vehicle rules or energy-saving goals. Maryland received 34.5 out of a possible 50 points…

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Montgomery Releases Draft Climate Action Plan

Montgomery County has unveiled its Draft Climate Action Plan that will act as the County's blueprint to reach ambitious climate change goals. The plan aims to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80 percent by 2027 and by 100 percent by 2035, going beyond the State's goals of 50 percent reduction by 2030 and achieving net-zero GHG emissions by 2045. “We are already feeling the impacts of climate change in our County—hotter summers, increased flooding…

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