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Session Summary Report: MCEC Policy Watch 2022

Maryland’s 188 State Representatives opened the 444th Legislative Session of the Maryland General Assembly with COVID-19 protocols. While relaxed from the previous gathering of legislators, adjustments to floor sessions and committee hearings continued with presiding officers convening their members in person with pro-forma sessions held frequently during the early weeks. The Chambers offered designated seats…
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$10.3M Energy Performance Contract Moves Morgan State University Closer to Master Plan Sustainability Goals

MCEC and Siemens Support MSU Efforts to Reduce Energy Consumption at Hughes Stadium and Key Campus Facilities Morgan State University (MSU) continues to accelerate its efforts to develop and implement a comprehensive campus-wide master energy and sustainability plan. Through a partnership with the Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC), MSU recently closed a $10,343,339 tax-exempt Energy…
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New Clean Energy Advantage Loan Program offers Maryland residents convenient and affordable financing for home energy improvements

Low-cost, Maryland PSC approved, program offers loans with 0% financing for 12 months, and reduced interest rates. Maryland residents now have a new option for financing home energy improvement projects. The Maryland Clean Energy Center and the Montgomery County Green Bank have launched the Clean Energy Advantage (CEA) Loan Program, authorized by the Maryland Public…
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Share your thoughts on MD’s Advanced Energy Market

Take the 2022 Advanced Energy Market Assessment Survey to share your thoughts how the Maryland Clean Energy Center can best support Maryland’s advanced energy industry in the coming years. Your input will help to identify priorities for the development and implementation of resources, investments, policies, and partnerships as the Center continues work towards its mission…
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Open Communications Intern Position – Apply Now!

MCEC is seeking an intern to support communications efforts and activities that support our mission to advance clean energy and energy efficiency products, services, and technologies as part of a specific economic development strategy for Maryland. This is a paid internship and may meet course credit requirements. Interns should be able to commit to a…
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Advance Registration Ending for 2022 Legislative Reception

Join MCEC, special guests, and legislators for the 2022 Legislative Reception on Thurs, Feb 17 – hybrid event, with luncheon in Annapolis Register now, before ticket sales to attend on-site close on Thursday, February 10. A limited number of virtual tickets will remain available through next week, but advance registration is required. This hybrid format…
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Abacus Property Solutions Selected as New MD-PACE Program Administrator

Abacus Property Solutions, LLC (Abacus) was recently selected by the Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) as the new administrator for the Maryland Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (MD-PACE) Program. The selection was made following a competitive procurement process, including a Request for Qualifications issued by MCEC over the summer. As an instrumentality of state, MCEC…

2021 Maryland General Assembly Special Session Summary Update

Maryland legislators took their seats in chambers on Monday, December 6, for the 2021 Special Legislative Session. Their mission included the debate of Redistricting Maps and the selection of a State Treasurer to replace retiring Nancy Kopp, who has served in the position since February 2002. With the return to chambers, the Maryland Constitution requires…
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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…