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By Frank D. Roylance, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2011
Out of the water for the first time since 1998, the 1854 sloop of war Constellation looked pretty good to its caretakers Thursday as they walked beneath its grimy hull, now propped up in dry dock at the Sparrows Point Shipyard. "I think we're surprised she's as clean as she is, for being in the water for 13 years," said Chris Rowsom, executive director for Historic Ships in Baltimore. "It shouldn't be too difficult to get her washed up and painted. " High on blocks just aft of Constellation is the 1944 submarine Torsk, which faces much more extensive work.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
The Constellation will be moved from its location in Baltimore's Inner Harbor for four months this winter to undergo more than $2 million in repairs - including $750,000 to fix rotting in its hull. The city Board of Estimates, which oversees spending in Baltimore, voted to approve the $750,000 expenditure for the ship, which has been docked in the harbor for almost 60 years. Money for the repairs comes from general obligation bonds approved by city voters in 2012. The ship will be dry-docked at the U.S. Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay from Oct. 20 to Feb. 20 for the repairs, said Christopher Rowsom, director of Historic Ships in Baltimore.
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By Frank D. Roylance, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2011
Workers repairing the 1854 sloop of war Constellation have uncovered significant rot in the ship's hull. The damage, attributed to rainwater seeping into the hull from the gun ports, is expected to lengthen the ship's time in dry dock at the Sparrows Point Shipyard by 10 to 14 days and add about $70,000 to the $500,000 repair bill. The water intrusion has been stopped, and some of the rotted wood has been cut out and replaced. But Chris Rowsom, executive director of Historic Ships in Baltimore, said the Constellation will need more extensive repairs in two to three years that could take it away from the Inner Harbor for up to six months.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
The state comptroller's office says Baltimore-based Constellation Energy owes more than $2.5 million in back taxes, interest and penalties. The comptroller's office filed a lien in December for money it says the energy company owes for the 2006 and 2008 tax years. Most of the amount is interest - the taxes claimed come to just under $440,000. "It hasn't been paid, and this is part of our normal process, to file a lien," said Christine Feldmann, a spokeswoman for the comptroller's office.
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By Jay Hancock | October 17, 2010
When Constellation Energy Group and EDF Group teamed up three years ago, the economy was riding high, and so were they. Rising energy prices and a growing economy prompted them to propose the once unthinkable: developing, building and operating the first new U.S. nuclear energy plant in three decades. EDF, owned by the French government and operator of one of the largest fleets of nuclear plants in the world, would gain prestige and profit by bringing its expertise to America through the companies' UniStar joint venture.
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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2011
Constellation Energy Group's plans to sell itself to Exelon Corp. cleared a regulatory hurdle Wednesday after the two companies reached a proposed settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice. The settlement, which requires court approval, calls for the companies to sell three coal plants in Maryland to alleviate market concentration in the mid-Atlantic electricity grid. Exelon and Constellation already announced plans to divest the Brandon Shores and H.A. Wagner plants in Anne Arundel County and the C.P. Crane plant in Baltimore County.
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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2011
Constellation Energy Group and Exelon Corp. have agreed to additional concessions to alleviate concerns over market power in the mid-Atlantic's electricity grid under the companies' plan to merge, according to documents filed Tuesday with federal and state energy regulators. The settlement satisfies only the concerns raised by the independent market monitor for the PJM market, which initially found that the union between the two companies "would significantly increase concentration" of generator ownership and potentially give the companies the ability to drive up electricity prices.
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By Frank D. Roylance, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2011
Baltimore's Inner Harbor will look a little bare this week after two of its premier attractions — the submarine Torsk and the 1854 sloop of war Constellation — are towed away for a month of repairs in dry dock. The Torsk will be the first to go as tugs move in around 9 a.m. Sunday to escort the World War II veteran down the harbor to the Sparrows Point Shipyard. The Constellation will follow at about 9 a.m. on Monday, according to Chris Rowsom, executive director of Historic Ships in Baltimore, part of the Living Classrooms Foundation and the ships' caretaker.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2013
Federal regulators investigating Exelon's Constellation commodities group say they have "preliminarily determined" that the division violated market-behavior rules. The brief notice, filed Friday by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said only that the alleged violations involve not providing accurate information to a power grid operator, the California Independent System Operator. FERC declined to comment. Constellation, the Baltimore energy company bought by Chicago-based Exelon last year, downplayed the investigation.
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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2010
Constellation Energy Group offered Friday to sell its half-stake in the proposed third nuclear reactor at Calvert Cliffs to its French partner for $1, a move that would allow EDF Group to pursue the Maryland project alone but would end the Baltimore company's business in U.S. nuclear development. Constellation's proposal is the latest exchange between the two partners, whose strained relationship became even more so Oct. 8 when Constellation pulled out of negotiations with Obama administration officials over a federal loan guarantee deemed crucial to the $9.6 billion project.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
Energy supplier Constellation said Thursday that it added 38 megawatts of solar generation last year for business and government customers, including 3.6 megawatts in Maryland. Constellation, the Baltimore-based subsidiary of Exelon Corp., said its solar projects in operation or underway now top 164 megawatts. The company built projects last year in Arizona, California, New York and D.C. in addition to a local solar installation for the University of Maryland Medical System. Constellation owns and operates the projects, and its customers purchase the power.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2013
Federal regulators investigating Exelon's Constellation commodities group say they have "preliminarily determined" that the division violated market-behavior rules. The brief notice, filed Friday by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said only that the alleged violations involve not providing accurate information to a power grid operator, the California Independent System Operator. FERC declined to comment. Constellation, the Baltimore energy company bought by Chicago-based Exelon last year, downplayed the investigation.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2013
John C. "Jack" Hornor, a naval architect and marine surveyor who once inspected the Constellation to ensure the venerable ship was still seaworthy, died Oct. 1 of brain disease at Hospice of Queen Anne's in Centreville. He was 68. "Jack was an excellent maritime surveyor, whether it was as part of disaster relief or advising someone on whether they should buy a boat," said John Adey, president of the American Boat & Yacht Council, where Mr. Hornor served as chairman. "When you think about it, you're the last guy who is going to look at something that a lot of people are going to take a trip on, and make a decision on whether it's safe or not. ... It's a great responsibility, and Jack had the expertise and the ability to deal with that.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2013
Regulators said Monday that they will hear about the performance of Constellation Energy Nuclear Group power plants next week - including Calvert Cliffs in Southern Maryland - in a public meeting in Baltimore. Officials from Exelon-owned Constellation are scheduled to talk to Nuclear Regulatory Commission staffers about activities and licensing actions regarding its nuclear plants. The meeting is to begin 8 a.m. Monday at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore hotel, 550 Light St. A part of the meeting will be behind closed doors, as officials discuss security issues, but the rest will be open to the public, the regulators said.
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Jamie Smith Hopkins | July 1, 2013
A new customer-satisfaction survey of residents using retail electricity providers ranks Constellation fourth of four in Maryland, its home base. J.D. Power and Associates says Dominion Energy Solutions received the highest marks from customers -- 648 on J.D. Power's 1,000-point scale -- with Washington Gas Energy Services (640) and Energy Plus (612) coming in second and third, respectively. Constellation trailed them with a 592 score. Customers also provided feedback about other companies but not in large enough numbers to rank, J.D. Power said.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2013
Exelon Corp. said Tuesday that it has promoted the head of its Baltimore-based Constellation arm and named a new chief executive for the local operation. Kenneth W. Cornew, who had been Constellation's chief executive, is now CEO of Exelon Generation in Kennett Square, Pa. Exelon said Joseph Nigro, Constellation's former senior vice president of portfolio management and strategy, has stepped into the CEO job at the Baltimore business unit. Before working at Constellation, Nigro was a senior vice president for Exelon Power Team.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,hanah.cho@baltsun.com | September 16, 2008
Constellation Energy Group worked to reassure Wall Street yesterday that its wholesale energy and credit relationships with Lehman Brothers will not have a "material adverse effect" on the Baltimore company, which saw its shares lose 18 percent amid a broader market sell-off. Constellation's stock closed down $10.38 to $47.99 on the New York Stock Exchange. Even though Constellation conducts energy deals with Lehman, the New York investment banking company that entered bankruptcy proceedings yesterday does not owe it a substantial amount of money, according to a document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission after financial markets closed yesterday.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,hanah.cho@baltsun.com | January 17, 2009
State energy regulators will investigate whether Constellation Energy Group's proposed nuclear-power venture with France's largest utility would have enough impact on the region's regulated utility, Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., to require their approval of the deal. The Public Service Commission concluded yesterday that the company's proposal with Electricite de France raises questions about the potential impact on BGE and its ratepayers, including whether EDF's ownership of Constellation preferred stock places "substantial influence" over the company and BGE's operations.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2013
Watch the Eta Aquarid meteor shower in the wee hours of Saturday and Sunday mornings. The shower can produce as many as 20-40 meteors per hour at its peak, which falls around May 4-5. SpaceWeather.com suggests to expect 30+ meteors per hour, given the light of the waning moon. Like those in other annual showers, the Eta Aquarids get their name from the point from which they appear to radiate. In this case, it's the star Eta Aquarii, part of the constellation Aquarius. According to EarthSky.org, the meteors appear to emanate from a part of the constellation known as the Water Jar. Check out EarthSky's charts of how to spot the constellations here . The best time to look for the meteors is in the darkest hours of the morning, around 2-4 a.m. Best to look from a spot with a wide view of the sky and away from bright city lights.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2013
Constellation said Thursday that it is giving Teach For America $1 million for efforts in Baltimore over the next four years, from training teachers to helping program alumni fight poverty. The Baltimore division of Chicago-based Exelon Corp. said it has donated about $465,000 to Teach For America since 1994. Exelon agreed to donate an average of $7 million a year in Maryland for a decade as part of its acquisition of Constellation Energy Group. Constellation said its CEO, Kenneth Cornew, is guest-teaching in a science class at East Baltimore's Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School Thursday in honor of Teach For America Week.
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