March 12, 2014
According to Dominion Power, the development of fracking has blessed us with new sources of natural gas available for extraction and sale to the highest global bidder. This latest effort being put forth to build a natural gas export facility at Cove Point is all about making money for a select group of "investors" for as long as it lasts. It is not about jobs, the economy or creating a safe energy source. It is about selling our natural resources, as fast as possible, to the highest bidder until they are completely gone.
December 17, 2013
A group headed by a Republican who plans to run in next year's gubernatorial election is blaming Gov. Martin O'Malley for rising utility costs, echoing one of O'Malley's campaign tactics against his predecessor. O'Malley beat then-Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in 2006 on a platform that included criticism of that administration's handling of an impending spike in Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. rates. Change Maryland - chaired by Larry Hogan, who said in November that he will enter the race for governor - issued a report card Monday that said Maryland residents' electricity rates are 43 percent higher now than they were when O'Malley took office.
November 6, 2013
The Baltimore Gas & Electric Company and the Maryland Public Service Commission should not consider the small number of customers who showed up at the first rate-increase hearing as an indication that most people have no opinion on the fact that their energy costs are going up ( "Public a no-show at first BGE rate case hearing," Nov. 4). Rather, they should see it as a sign that many of BGE's customers understand that the company will get its way no matter how many people show up and voice their displeasure.
October 15, 2013
Leigh Peterson has one of the coolest roofs in Baltimore. Her rowhouse near Patterson Park sports a blinding white cap, topped by a row of shiny solar panels. Peterson, 29, a graduate student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, doesn't need to see her roof to know it's cool, though. She just has to count the dollars she's saved on air conditioning. She got her roof coated as part of a comprehensive energy retrofit of her 109-year-old house, and her August electricity bill was about half what she paid last year.
April 25, 2013
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said Thursday that energy prices will rise $6 a month for the typical residential electricity customer who doesn't use an outside power supplier, the first jump in energy prices in four years. That rise in costs, running from June through next May, comes on top of a distribution-rate increase approved in February. The state calculated that distribution rise at $3.33 a month for the average residential electricity customer, though BGE said typical customers - halfway between the biggest and smallest power-users - would pay $2.66 a month extra.
January 22, 2013
Valorie Cooley was "in a really bad place" a year ago, with a broken furnace and past-due heating bills she couldn't pay. Now her Baltimore home has a new furnace and a raft of energy-efficient improvements - including insulation in the attic and caulking around the windows - that pulled her Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. bill down to a level she can afford. All coordinated by city government. That's one example of how Baltimore agencies have attacked energy costs in recent years - their own as well as residents' and businesses'.