Maryland is failing to deal squarely with the problem of carbon emissions from electricity production. Given growing public concern about climate change, a fundamental change in our energy policy should be to reduce the burning of fossil fuels and pursue the development of emission-free nuclear power.
Maryland hasn't had a new power plant of any significance built in over a decade — one reason it imports more electricity than almost any other state, racking up extra charges for consumers. But now new plants are coming.
In a policy paper released Tuesday, gubernatorial hopeful Heather Mizeur called for greater oversight of Maryland utility companies and more investments in the aging electric grid, two moves she said would help curb power failures and lower energy bills.
Organizations that pay portions of past-due utility bills say the surge in calls for assistance they got during the bitterly cold winter have continued this spring as people try to keep their power on. The winter added to a longer-standing problem: Growing numbers of people can't afford their utility bills.
Exelon's planned acquisition of Pepco Holdings and its Delmarva Power subsidiary, announced Wednesday, will give Exelon control of the electric power market in Harford and widen the company's position as the county's largest taxpayer.
Given the level of control these meters are theoretically capable of handing over to the power company, and the track record of the power industry over those years, however, it's reasonable for people to be a bit agitated by the change.
Clean Currents, a Silver Spring-based provider of renewable energy for residents and businesses, said Friday it has stopped serving customers after rising wholesale electricity prices in the recent-cold snap caused the company to default on payments to its supplier, electricity grid operator PJM Interconnection.
A group headed by a Republican who plans to run in next year's gubernatorial election is blaming Gov. Martin O'Malley for rising utility costs, echoing one of O'Malley's campaign tactics against his predecessor.
Since 2010, about 400 Marylanders complained to state regulators about property damage they said utility companies or their contractors caused, from scratched driveways and dug-up lawns to fried appliances. Opportunities for more damage are poised to mount as electric and gas utilities pick up the pace of infrastructure work.
Maryland retained its ninth-best ranking on a national comparison of states' energy-efficiency efforts, but a separate report also out Wednesday said Maryland must up the ante if it doesn't want to fall short of its own goals.
A new report by the Abell Foundation suggests white or cool roof systems like hers could help fight global climate change while also making the city a healthier place to live – but local and state governments need to do more to expand installation efforts.
A phase-out of renewable energy subsidies for paper mills has cleared the Maryland Senate, though with a provision that guarantees the state's only paper plant in Allegany County would continue to receive payments underwritten by taxpayers.
Mayo A. Shattuck III, who helped sell two Baltimore institutions to out-of-state concerns and ran the region's energy firm for a volatile decade, has retired from the parent company of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.
A consortium of Northeastern states including Maryland has agreed to reset a power plant emissions cap to current levels and to tighten it annually starting in 2015, an action officials said would increase investment in energy efficiency and slightly raise electricity prices, besides cutting pollution.
A Western Maryland paper mill and several others in the region have collected millions of dollars over the past eight years by taking advantage of an obscure provision in a state law that is supposed to encourage the development of wind, solar and other renewable energy projects.
Baltimore-area households have 10 different "green power" plans to choose from, selling electricity generated by wind turbines. Many offer rates lower than the standard fossil-nuclear mix provided by BGE.
After being thwarted the past two years by skittish lawmakers, Gov. Martin O'Malley is preparing once again to introduce a bill aimed at planting mammoth wind turbines off Ocean City — and the measure may finally pass, thanks to a shake-up in a committee that stifled it last year.
A pioneering regional compact to fight climate change stands at a crossroads, as officials from Maryland and eight other Northeast states meet Tuesday in New York to weigh new limits on their power plants' carbon dioxide emissions.
The Howard County Council is the first county legislative body in the state to request the Maryland Public Service Commission to investigate electric power reliability in certain areas of Howard County and the first to institute a tax credit to encourage property owners to make their homes more accessible to seniors and persons with disabilities.
A case in point is the latest Harford Community College effort to take advantage of solar power not because it's the altruistic thing to do, but because it has the potential to save the school some money.
In a letter send to the Public Service Commission, members of the 21st delegation are taking on two local utility companies in a big way by demanding that Pepco and Baltimore Gas and Electric come up with a plan within 60 days to respond quickly to power outages following major storms. They hope that plan will include putting many more power lines underground and increasing the number of trained line crews available to restore power following a major event.