February 7, 2011
Your Feb. 4 editorial ( "State of leadership" reflected a deep misunderstanding of the radical impact electric deregulation has had on Maryland's economy. By now, virtually everyone else understands that deregulation failed to meet its two major promises — lower rates and more reliable service. In his Thursday address, Gov. Martin O'Malley, a courageous champion of reregulation, simply noted what is plain to every ratepayer, particularly in the PEPCO service area. Since deregulation in 1999, rates have risen more than 70 percent — and the reliability of service has dropped.
February 6, 2013
Three in every 10 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers are buying their electricity through third-party suppliers, continuing a steady trend of increases in recent years, the company said Wednesday. About 30 percent of electricity customers don't purchase their energy from BGE, up from 25 percent at the end of 2011 and 18 percent at the end of 2010, the company said. BGE's natural-gas customers are less likely to switch to third-party providers, though more have done so in the last few years - 22 percent, up from 13 percent at the end of 2010.
March 3, 2010
E verybody knew the recession would cut demand for energy. But some power executives have been surprised at how much. Electricity use in the region plunged 5 percent last year after falling 3 percent in 2008, according to PJM Interconnection, the company that manages the Mid-Atlantic electric grid and is based outside Philadelphia. Grid congestion and other factors that raise costs for consumers have fallen even more. The result is that power prices are declining more than experts were expecting even a few months ago. That means decent rate relief is arriving for customers of Baltimore Gas and Electric - in a year or so, for those who stick with BGE's standard product, or right now if you're willing to buy electricity from an alternative supplier.
August 3, 2010
A great deal on electricity landed in my mailbox last week. At least that's what it looked like. `"12 Month Guaranteed Low Rate," said the junk mail from MX Energy. "16% lower compared with BGE's current summer rate." And, in a big headline: "Save over $100 on your Electricity." But that's not true. You'll be lucky to save $30 over a year, not $100. The BGE summer rate MX is comparing against disappears in two months. That's about how long it could take MX to switch you over, in any event.
October 14, 1991
At the molecular level, electricity governs so much of the interaction that drives the life force of organisms. Photosynthesis, by which green plants use sunlight to make food; vision, which tells an animal what to eat, run from or mate with; or the explosive bursts of energy that move a predator to the dinner table. Even thought itself.Until recently, little was known about the electrical interactions of cells. Two German scientists, Erwin Neher, 47, and Bert Sakmann, 49, began two decades ago to perfect their "patch clamp" technique, which can detect currents crossing a cell's outer membrane that are so small they must be measured in trillionths of an ampere.
February 1, 2011
I'm all in favor of carbon-free electricity, and I applaud the Columbia Athletic Club's decision to install generators on its stationary exercise bikes. ( "Gym's exercise bikes generate electricity," Jan. 31) But their math is a bit suspect. Twenty such bikes used 20 times per week (presumably for one hour each time) will indeed generate about 3,600 kilowatt-hours of power over the course of a year, if each bike user produces about 175 watts while pedaling. Those are not unreasonable assumptions.