New Waste Management Facility in Howard County Will Create Jobs, Renewable Energy

Waste management company Bioenergy Devco will open a new anaerobic digestion facility in Howard County that will create renewable energy, offer new jobs to local residents, and reduce Maryland's greenhouse gas emissions. Anaerobic digestion, as explained by Bioenergy, is the natural breakdown of organic materials “in the absence of oxygen.” Similar to composting, the decomposition occurs when microorganisms break down organic matter in completely closed-off containers. The methane gases created during this process are collected…

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Jane E. Lawton Conservation Loan Program Accepting Applications from Local Governments, Others for FY22

Maryland Energy Administration has announced that it is now accepting applications for the FY2022 cycle of the Jane E. Lawton Conservation Loan Program. The program provides 0% interest rate loans for local governments implementing cost-effective energy efficiency and conservation improvements for existing or to-be constructed facilities. Non-profits, business, and other non-public organizations may apply for 1% interest rate loans. Loans are available on a first come, first served basis. The MEA website provides the following…

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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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