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By Jay Hancock | June 2, 2010
More Marylanders than ever are dumping standard utility service and buying electricity from independent producers. Unfortunately they've been making those decisions based partly on flawed information. They are relying on a "price to compare" for the standard offer from Baltimore Gas & Electric and other utilities that's often outdated, confusing or both. "If shopping persists, somebody will have to fix this," I blogged in February. On Tuesday, the Public Service Commission moved to do so, launching hearings on how to ensure that consumers can get good electricity information without having a master's degree in finance and a seat on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
James T. Lanier, an electrical engineer and devoted Clemson University football fan, died Sunday at Johns Hopkins Hospital of brain cancer. He was 60. James Taylor Lanier was born in Sylacauga, Ala., and was raised in Copperhill, Tenn., where he graduated in 1972 from Copper Basin High School. In 1977, he earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Clemson and later received a master's degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Johns Hopkins University.
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NEWS
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.
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By Jonathan Zimmerman | September 2, 2014
Editor's note: This op-ed has been updated to reflect the correct title of Austin Sarat's new book.  Did Joseph Wood suffer when he was executed in Arizona this summer? Some witnesses reported that Wood gasped over 600 times during his July 23 execution by lethal injection, which took nearly two hours. But one official said that Wood "appeared to be snoring," while another stated flatly that the inmate "did not endure pain. " We'll never know. But here's what we do know: The quest for a pain-free mechanism of capital punishment is a fool's errand.
BUSINESS
By Jay Hancock | 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.
NEWS
December 11, 2012
The author of the article, "5 reasons buyers don't charge ahead on electric vehicles," (Dec. 4) is clearly unaware of the numerous steps Maryland has taken under Gov. Martin O'Malley's leadership to create incentives and facilitate the adoption of electric vehicles in our state. In 2009, Governor O'Malley and the legislature worked together to require Maryland to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020. Widespread adoption of electric vehicles is one of many strategies designed to help us reach that goal.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
By The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2011
Maryland's Public Service Commission struck back at an industry proposal to change the rules for wholesale electricity auctions, saying the plan would protect industry profits and block construction of new generators. The PSC "strongly protested" the proposed change before federal regulators, the agency said in a prepared statement. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is considering the proposal from the PJM Power Producers Group, an industry consortium that includes Constellation Energy, owner of Baltimore Gas & Electric.
BUSINESS
By Jay Hancock | August 2, 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.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Charles County authorities are investigating an incident in which a retired Circuit Court judge ordered that a unruly defendant be given an electric shock during a court proceeding last month. Paul B. DeWolfe Jr., who heads the state Office of the Public Defender, called Friday for the judge to be banned from hearing cases. "What the judge did here was unconscionable," DeWolfe said in a statement. "The infliction of physical pain to silence a person is unacceptable anywhere, but especially when it is done in a court of law at the direction of the very person whose job it is to protect people's rights.
SPORTS
By Louis Krauss, The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2014
It's a tense moment in the Xanadu game store in Arbutus. The grand finals of the weekly tournament for Super Smash Bros. “Project M” have just begun. The room is crammed with players, televisions and Wii game systems, but everyone's attention is fixed on the one big screen in the corner, where two final players are duking it out. Smash Bros. is a video game that pits Nintendo characters - think Super Mario, the Italian plumber, Donkey Kong, the agile ape and Princess Peach, the gal who swings a mean parasol - against one another in a matchup that's part all-star game, part glorified sumo-wrestling match.
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By Colin Campbell and Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2014
An unknown amount of copper wiring was stolen from a BGE substation in Linthicum, causing a power outage that disrupted light rail service from Patapsco Station south to Cromwell Station and BWI Sunday morning, police said. Anne Arundel County police and a BGE representative found wire missing from a live section of two utility structures around 10 a.m. The person who stole it may have serious burns from extreme heat and electricity, police said. The public and area hospitals are asked to be on the lookout for anyone with such injuries.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. is asking for its fourth rate increase in as many years, one that would raise distribution charges to residents getting both gas and electric service by nearly $15 a month on average. The utility filed the $185 million request Wednesday with Maryland regulators, who have reduced past requests significantly. BGE said it's in the middle of a multiyear effort to upgrade infrastructure in order to improve service, and it needs to cover its costs. The company wants permission to raise distribution rates - the charge for moving energy to customers - by $6.57 a month on the average residential electric bill and $8.53 a month on the average residential gas bill.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 30, 2014
Sometimes fate plays a hand that is so unmistakably evident that ignoring the sign seems completely ludicrous. For chief musician Rory Cherry, it was when he got his first bass guitar. The 37-year-old plays the electric bass for the U.S. Naval Academy band Electric Brigade, which will perform at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater for the Fourth of July Celebration at 7 p.m. Friday. He began playing music in the summer of 1989, and started learning to read music by playing trombone in middle school.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2014
The storm overnight in Baltimore brought water into the basement of the Walters Art Museum. The water -  and the resulting electrical issues - forced the venue to close to visitors Thursday morning. Here is the statement from the museum: Due to storm water and electrical issues affecting the Centre Street building of the Walters Art Museum, the museum will be closing to visitors by 11 a.m. Baltimore City and BGE workers are on the way to the museum to assess the severity of the situation.
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