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The Maryland Clean Energy Center is charging up for a series of timely and informative webinars!

Plug yourself and your organization into this professional development program, designed to connect speakers and stakeholders, with a focus on current events in the evolving energy economy.


September 3 through November 5, 2020
Thursdays, from 10:30 AM – Noon


Emerging Energy Storage Solutions & Grid Modernization

Thursday, September 24, 2020, from 10:30 AM - Noon 

This session will examine the topic of Energy Storage in Maryland, beyond the pilot project proposals currently under consideration by the PSC. Find out which storage technologies are applicable- and at what scale- to provide value to the grid and facilitate resilience. Presenters will examine Vehicle to Grid capability and share examples of deployment in time-of-use environments, including Maryland based microgrid projects. What policies does Maryland have, and which does the state still need to move storage solutions toward broader adoption?

Managing the MOPR: Maryland Response to FERC Order

Thursday, October 1, 2020, from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Extended Session

A divided Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order in December of 2019 directing the PJM Interconnection to dramatically expand its Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR) to nearly all state-subsidized capacity resources. The order will have a significant impact on the capacity market which serves Maryland ratepayers. Will regulators, utilities, and consumers be able to find common ground in responding to the order? Find out how retail rates will be impacted and what this directive could mean to mandated renewable energy supply goals in law today. Be informed. Be VERY informed. Don’t miss this extended session!

Optimal Solar Siting for Maryland

Thursday, October 8, 2020, from 10:30 AM - Noon 

Maryland is making moves to meet its RPS mandate, but land-use priorities and regulations create challenges about where best to site new solar energy projects. What are the optimal solutions? How can the state incentivize development of distributed generation in desirable locations and ensure that projects in those locations have a smooth path to permits?

Ensuring Building Health: Leveraging Technology for Efficient Operation and Safe Environments

Thursday, October 15, 2020, from 10:30 AM - Noon 

As society transitions to the “new normal,” plans for coming back with confidence are being developed. Cost effective operation of buildings and facilities is even more important in light of current economic realities. Business, government, and academia faced with the challenge of re-opening shops, offices, and campuses, safely, will find this session helpful. Presenters will examine building automation and control technologies and strategies to safely manage the built environment.

Adding Resilience to the Energy Equation

Thursday, October 22, 2020, from 10:30 AM - Noon 

The Electric Infrastructure Security Council identifies a “Black Sky Hazard” as a catastrophic event that severely disrupts the normal functioning of critical infrastructures in multiple regions for long durations which occur as a result of climate events, cyber terrorism, EMP, or super-storms. Communities, campuses, and companies need to get in front of the train with disaster preparedness to ensure resilience, and energy supply is a critical component of this planning. What does the planning process entail? What expertise and investment will be required, who are the strategic partners in project development, and how will government provide support?

Advancing Energy Innovation as an Economic Development Strategy

Thursday, October 29, 2020, from 10:30 AM - Noon 

State entities can play an essential role in moving advanced energy technologies from universities or R&D labs into the marketplace. These activities provide a new foundation for economic development. States such as Colorado, Massachusetts, and New York are strategically utilizing public investment to support technology commercialization, create ecosystems and clusters in clean energy, and create jobs in start-up companies. Learn about cutting edge energy technology development programs and strategies, and what it will take to position Maryland for success in this space.

The Future of Nuclear Energy

Thursday, November 5, 2020, from 10:30 AM - Noon 

Nuclear energy is valued as a zero-emissions generation solution. Visible nuclear power is based on 1950’s technology that was optimized to power ships and submarines, but what is in place today does not forecast the future! This session looks to the potential of nuclear fission. Based on known science and technology this webinar presents a vision of nuclear fission as a clean, sustainable, safe, fuel source with the capacity to power civilization for thousands of years.


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