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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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Impact of COVID-19 On the Popularity of Sustainable Goods

Consumers are now realizing the importance of buying sustainable products, and have started shifting decisions about purchases to place an importance on buying environmentally friendly products. Despite supply shortages and overall panic-induced buying during the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers seem to be more concerned about the environment, based on trends from purchase decisions. The pandemic encouraged…
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MEIA Receives $10,000 Grant from The Butz Foundation

The Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) has been awarded a grant of $10,000 from the Butz Foundation to support the Maryland Energy Innovation Accelerator (MEIA) program. MEIA welcomed its inaugural cohort in January of 2020 and has received funding from a variety of sources for its work to assist with the commercialization of advanced energy…

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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Diverse Group of Energy Professionals Appointed to MCEC’s Advisory Council for 2022

The Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) has appointed 57 individuals to serve on its 2022 Advisory Council. The Council draws input from collaborative groups to advise MCEC in achieving its mission. “As global priorities focus on ways to best combat climate change, Maryland is fortunate to have so many clean energy leaders to support strategic…
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Limited Sponsor Ops Available for 2022 Legislative Reception

MCEC needs your support to stay on target for the 2022 Maryland Legislative Session! Your sponsorship demonstrates the diversity and reach of the energy industry sector in Maryland to policymakers. The 2022 MCEC Legislative Reception will be held in a hybrid format to allow for in-person networking and remote attendees to hear from guest speakers on…
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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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MD-PACE Financing Stronger Communities

How a recent legislative update will unlock resiliency for Maryland A landmark amendment, passed in March, promises to make Maryland one of the most innovative locations for Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy financing (C-PACE) in the country. Currently active in Washington, D.C. and 26 states including Maryland, C-PACE provides property owners and developers access to…
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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…

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.…