Commission, Activists Aim to Improve Environmental Justice in Maryland

It’s a straightforward concept but covers a long and hefty list of issues. Environmental justice is defined simply as the right of all people – regardless of race, color, national origin or income – to enjoy equal levels of environmental protection. But consider the range of conditions that can undermine that equality: industrial facilities that…

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New Smart Energy Investments with Bottom-Line Benefits Program for Rural Maryland Businesses and Farms

A new initiative is aiming to provide farms, forestry operations, manufacturers, Main Street businesses and other rural companies with greater access to energy-saving expertise and related funding in order to improve their bottom lines. The Rural Maryland Council (RMC-MAERDAF) has awarded grant funds for a Capacity Building Project developed by three collaborators: FEWSS Project (Forest…

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Uncommon Partnership and Advocacy Delivers Breakthrough in Pollution Reduction

Production and use of a ‘super pollutant’ commonly used in refrigeration and air conditioning equipment is about to experience dramatic reductions thanks to a years-long advocacy effort and an uncommon partnership between environmentalists and industrialists. This fall, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule that will phase down U.S. production and use of…

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Why am I hearing so much about nuclear energy?

Guest Editorial by John Kotek – Senior Vice President, Policy and Public Affairs for the Nuclear Energy Institute I get the same question with increasing regularity. “Why am I hearing so much about nuclear energy?” The answer boils down to two key considerations for a decarbonizing grid – reliability and cost. As Maryland and a…

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Wood Energy Becomes Attractive Option for Growing Number of Large Facilities

As Maryland works toward its decarbonization goals, clean energy advocates – and some foresters – insist wood energy could become a significant clean source of thermal energy in the state and stoke the creation of more clean energy jobs. “This is a really significant opportunity for Maryland. Wood energy could complement other clean energy sources…

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Ways to Realistically Achieve Sustainability Goals

Chances are your company has made commitments to environmental sustainability, but do you truly understand what they are? Do you know how to address them – or even where to start? For organizations, energy sustainability means being able to meet corporate efficiency goals through strategic solutions, including renewable energy options and energy efficiency initiatives. These…

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Maryland Needs Nuclear Power to Meet its Clean Energy Goals

Maryland is at a crossroads when it comes to its energy future. The damage caused by burning fossil fuels is already at our doorsteps in Maryland and can be felt around the country. In the US, air pollution is responsible for around 100,000 premature deaths each year and costs the U.S. $1 trillion per year.…

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Apply Now to Serve on MCEC’s 2022 Advisory Council

The MCEC Advisory Council exists to assist in developing strategic objectives for the Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC), advises the Executive Director, and informs the Board of Directors. The Council evaluates issues, reviews proposed policy and regulatory matters, facilitates relationship building, and builds awareness of MCEC to encourage the adoption of its mission. In addition,…

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MCEC Awarded $750,00 from EDA Build to Scale Venture Challenge for MEIA

The Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) was awarded $750,000 for a three-year grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to support its project, “The Maryland Energy Innovation Accelerator,” as part of EDA’s 2021 Build to Scale Venture Challenge. The Venture Challenge seeks to leverage regional competitive strengths to accelerate innovation and job creation through…

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