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By Jasmine Jernberg and Jasmine Jernberg,Sun Reporter | August 14, 2008
The city of Annapolis has announced a pilot program aimed at providing residents and small-business owners with funding for affordable, energy-efficient improvements to their homes and shops. The Annapolis Energy Zone, or EZ, program - formed with the help of the Maryland Energy Administration, the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, and Commerce First Bank - will provide private funds to property owners interested in reducing the city's impact on the environment. "This will be a program that will allow the reduction of the carbon footprint and is one part of the city's overall program to increase energy efficiency," said City Administrator Bob Agee.
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By Christianna McCausland and For The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
When homeowners Judy and Craig purchased 57 acres in Deale, Anne Arundel County, on which to build their dream home, they weren't building just a shelter from the elements or a place to keep their belongings. They were creating an environment that would be the foundation for a lifestyle. Judy, who had always wanted a farm, would finally have room to house her driving ponies and raise her own food. For Craig, an engineer, the new house would be an expression of his desire for a sustainable, energy-efficient lifestyle.
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By Sumathi Reddy and Sumathi Reddy,Sun reporter | June 11, 2007
Michael Sarbanes, a candidate for City Council president, plans to unveil a proposal today that he says would promote energy-efficiency measures to help residents reduce the impact of higher electricity rates, while also creating jobs. Sarbanes, a longtime community activist making his first run for public office, was to announce his proposal this morning, followed by a demonstration of an energy audit at a private residence. The proposal would encourage people to conduct an energy-efficiency audit on their homes, identifying passages where air escapes and targeting areas for sealing and insulation.
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By Ruth Ann Norton and Deron Lovaas | August 12, 2014
As Maryland considers options for cutting climate-warming emissions from existing power plants, the good news is we're already ahead of most other states in meeting new targets proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But let's not rest on our laurels. Thanks to energy efficiency programs being developed in the coming months, we can deliver energy savings to more Marylanders, benefiting all our families and communities. Now is the time to contact Gov. Martin O'Malley to remind him how important it is to ramp up work by our utilities and state agencies to deliver energy efficiency, which reduces the need to generate electricity with fuels that create the carbon pollution that harms our health and planet.
NEWS
January 3, 2010
Congressman John Sarbanes is right when he says his legislation, the PACE Tax Benefits Act, will support a program that will "sustain a long-term movement toward energy efficiency and renewable-energy generation" ("Tax-free bond program can create jobs, spur energy-efficiency projects," Dec. 24). In the upcoming legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly will consider a bill that would allow communities to set up a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) bond program like the one Mr. Sarbanes promotes, encouraging more Maryland homeowners to take advantage of available technology; citizens can put solar panels on their roofs or invest in energy-efficiency retrofits at a much smaller upfront cost and pay these loans back over time.
NEWS
February 16, 2011
Gov. Martin O'Malley has set many strong clean energy goals for the state. He continues to wisely push for the development of wind energy off our shores ("Md. governor readies offshore wind power mandate, turbines could be spinning by 2016," Feb. 9), but let's not leave energy efficiency in the dust. Efficiency remains one of our best strategies for boosting the economy and providing clean, reliable energy to Marylanders. The Maryland state legislature has already dedicated money for energy efficiency through the Strategic Energy Investment Fund that pays for most of the Maryland Energy Administration's programs, including efficiency.
BUSINESS
By Liz F. Kay | June 16, 2011
State officials have added additional money to a popular program that offers rebates for energy-efficient home improvements. So far, nearly 700 Maryland residents have been reimbursed through the Maryland Home Performance Rebate Program, exhausting the $1 million in federal stimulus dollars originally redirected to the program in January, according to the Maryland Energy Administration. Through the program, residents can get a rebate for 35 percent of the costs of qualifying efficiency projects, such as whole-house air sealing, duct replacement or insulation.
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By Ruth Ann Norton and Deron Lovaas | August 12, 2014
As Maryland considers options for cutting climate-warming emissions from existing power plants, the good news is we're already ahead of most other states in meeting new targets proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But let's not rest on our laurels. Thanks to energy efficiency programs being developed in the coming months, we can deliver energy savings to more Marylanders, benefiting all our families and communities. Now is the time to contact Gov. Martin O'Malley to remind him how important it is to ramp up work by our utilities and state agencies to deliver energy efficiency, which reduces the need to generate electricity with fuels that create the carbon pollution that harms our health and planet.
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February 17, 2012
Westminster, Winfield students get lesson in energy efficiency Students at Westminster and Winfield elementary schools have been participating in the "BTU Crew" interactive program, conducted by a team of associates from Boland, an office of the Trane company. During this program, students explored how to make the buildings more energy efficient and sustainable. Students participated in hands-on lessons to discover how they can make an impact on energy efficiency and conservation while learning about green career options.
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By Christianna McCausland and For The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
When homeowners Judy and Craig purchased 57 acres in Deale, Anne Arundel County, on which to build their dream home, they weren't building just a shelter from the elements or a place to keep their belongings. They were creating an environment that would be the foundation for a lifestyle. Judy, who had always wanted a farm, would finally have room to house her driving ponies and raise her own food. For Craig, an engineer, the new house would be an expression of his desire for a sustainable, energy-efficient lifestyle.
FEATURES
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2014
A proposed natural gas export facility in Southern Maryland moved closer to reality Friday, but state regulators ordered the terminal's owner to include more safety and environmental protections for the controversial project, and to donate $48 million to promote clean energy in the state and to help low-income Marylanders pay their power bills. The Maryland Public Service Commission authorized Dominion, an energy company based in Richmond, Va., to build a 130-megawatt generating station at its existing Lusby import terminal.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2014
No one needs to convince the people running Green Bay Packaging's box-making plant in Hunt Valley that energy efficiency pays off. The last time they got assistance making nips and tucks to their process, they lowered electricity use 1 percent even as production jumped 20 percent. So when officials there got word of a new regional effort to help manufacturers lower energy costs, they rushed to sign up. "Of course, I was like, 'Count me in!'" said Tyson Aschliman, the plant's general manager.
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By Jon Meoli, jmeoli@tribune.com | April 17, 2014
Baltimore Gas & Electric CEO Calvin Butler Jr. and U.S. Department of Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency Kathleen Hogan joined Towson University officials Thursday afternoon to mark the school's participation in the Department of Energy's Better Building Challenge and present the school a $1.7 million rebate check from BGE for past efficiencies. "Towson is a leader not just here in Maryland, but across the country, and our exciting announcement today is just another example of how this great university is setting the standard for other educational institutions and commercial and business customers around the world," Butler said during a press conference in front of the LEED-Gold certified West Village Commons building on Towson's campus.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | March 24, 2014
Harford County presented the Green Star for the second quarter to Ron Davis, of Harford County Government's Department of Public Works, Division of Environmental Services. When an office has various locations, employees often face challenges when scheduling meetings. The Division of Environmental Services faces this challenge with locations at the Harford Waste Disposal Center Scale House in Street and the Waste to Energy Scale House in Joppa. Davis, of Environmental Services, proposed a way to increase meeting participation and decrease travel costs.
NEWS
February 14, 2014
Volunteer of the Year Howard County's 2014 Volunteer of the Year nomination forms are available by calling 410-313-2023 or going to howardcountymd.gov/voy.htm. Submission deadline is Friday, Feb. 28. Baby Expo vendors Vendors are needed for Columbia's Prenatal through Preschool Baby Expo, being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 8 at the Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way. Interested parties should contact Meghan Pierce at events@owenbrownvillage.org , 410-381-0202 or Brigitta Warren at events@oaklandmills.org , 410-730-4610.
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By Tim Swift and Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2014
Consumers in the market for new appliances can cash in on some savings this President's Day weekend if they opt for energy-efficient models. This Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the comptroller's office of Maryland is waving sales taxes for consumers who purchase qualified Energy Star products or a solar water heater. Here are the products: Air conditioners Clothes washers and dryers Furnaces Heat pumps Boilers Solar water heaters (tax-exempt at all times now)
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | November 6, 2013
Maryland retained its ninth-best ranking on a national comparison of states' energy efficiency efforts, but a separate report also out Wednesday said Maryland must up the ante if it doesn't want to fall short of its own goals. The state score card, released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, rated states on efforts to drive down energy use — and customers' costs — through utility programs, energy codes for buildings and other efforts. The council praised Maryland for having "a wide variety of policies that encourage energy efficiency.
BUSINESS
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2011
Gov. Martin O'Malley announced $2.1 million in grants Thursday fund energy-efficiency projects aimed at low- and moderate-income families. "These grants are an example of exactly the type of efficiency projects we had intended for Maryland communities and families when we entered into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the nation's first multi-state collaborative carbon cap-and-trade program," O'Malley said in a statement. "These grants are another step forward in our goal to take control of our energy future.
BUSINESS
Jamie Smith Hopkins | November 22, 2013
Have you turned an old appliance over to Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.? You're in good company, if so. BGE said this week that customers have recycled 30,000 appliances through its Smart Energy Savers Program, which offers $50 "rewards" for giving up an old (but still working) refrigerator or freezer plus $25 more for recycling a room air conditioning unit at the same time. The effort is part of a statewide push to encourage energy efficiency. New appliances use less energy -- a lot less, in some cases -- than models built years ago, making them cheaper to operate.
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