Alex Shipley has played many games of chess, but Saturday was the first time he played with oversized pieces made from recycled materials, one of the many games that could be played with recycled, reused and donated materials during Aberdeen's 12th annual festival to celebrate Earth Day.
The ramifications, however, are very large. If sunlight can replace coal, oil or even the newly bargain-priced natural gas, the prospects for clean, cheap energy for generations to come bode well for not only government finance but also the advance of civilization as a whole.
Important legislation is now pending in the Maryland General Assembly that would establish new goals for renewable energy. The legislation would increase our Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), or the percentage of Maryland's energy that comes from renewable sources, from the current standard of 20 percent by 2022 to 25 percent by 2020, and would encourage further increases by 2025.
The Carroll County Board of Commissioners is continuing the prior board's efforts in assessing the feasibility and possibility of incorporating solar energy as a means of reducing costs for residents and business owners.
Opponents and supporters of a proposed utility merger involving Baltimore Gas and Electric parent Exelon Corp. began a calculated dance before Maryland regulators this week, with some hoping to sink the deal and others hoping to sweeten it.
Environmental activists and their allies are urging Maryland lawmakers to double the state's current requirement to get 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2022. But Gov.-elect Larry Hogan and even some sympathetic legislators seem likely to oppose it.
Baltimore County lags behind other counties in homeowners putting solar panels on their rooftops, and some solar companies say the government's bureaucracy is to blame. Solar installers say the county has a too-strict interpretation of fire codes and an inconsistent inspection process, which means projects take longer to get approved and they can't include as many panels per rooftop as in other counties.
If the Great Bay wind project is killed, it will be a terrible loss for Maryland. Governor O'Malley's visionary plan for Maryland to lead in clean energy jobs and investment will be set back. Somerset County, Maryland's poorest, will be deprived of a $200 million investment, 500 construction jobs and $44 million in new tax revenues. Over 200 landowners would lose untold millions in royalty payments. Mr. Hoyer created this fake crisis by meddling in a process that he himself passed a law to
¿Deep Creek is one of Maryland¿s only four-season areas for outdoor activities,¿ says Carney. The winter season typically runs from Thanksgiving through mid-March, and Garrett County¿s annual snowfall averages about 100 inches. Wisp Resort, a hot spot for weekend travelers, offers snowboarding, skiing, tubing and snowmobiling.
When Joel Meneses, designer at Real Design LLC, was asked to renovate a Fells Point home, he knew he wanted to maintain the fireplaces. ¿Historically, [a fireplace] defines a room as a gathering place and not just a room with furniture in it,¿ he says. ¿It informs the space planning.¿
Dredging millions of tons of sediment from the Susquehanna River upriver of Conowingo dam would potentially cost billions of dollars and do relatively little to help the Chesapeake Bay compared with current pollution cleanup efforts, a new federal-state study says.
The Board of Carroll County Commissioners signed a letter on Thursday stating their intent to join Dorchester and Kent Counties in their efforts to persuade federal and state agencies to allow them to engage in oyster restoration in the Chesapeake Bay.