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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2012
The state's power grid operator does not need a $3.3 billion pair of transmission line projects built through Maryland because the weak economy has slowed demand for electricity, the staff of operator PJM Interconnection has concluded. The staff will recommend that PJM's board cancel the Mid-Atlantic Power Pathway, or MAPP, and Potomac-Appalachian Transmission Highline, or PATH, because its analysis showed they are not needed to maintain reliability of the power grid, according to a presentation PJM released Wednesday.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2012
Power has been restored to Annapolis homes and businesses and other nearby parts of Anne Arundel County after Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. reported a disruption to two main lines servicing the area Thursday night. Off-duty city police officers were called in to help direct traffic at blackened intersections throughout the city, and county officers had to assist in getting people out of the Annapolis Mall, said Lt. Glenn Shanahan, a county police spokesman. Anne Arundel Medical Center ran on generators, awaiting word as to when the power would return, a spokeswoman said.
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By Kim Clark and Kim Clark,Evening Sun Staff Frank D. Roylance contributed to this story | January 16, 1992
Neighbors of a scenic area near Loch Raven Reservoir, where the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. plans to cut down 10,000 trees to make room for a new transmission line, say they are saddened but resigned to the clearing.The neighbors have fought previous logging operations."It is going to be very ugly," Ajax Eastman, who lives near the reservoir, said yesterday of the seven-mile-long swath that will be cleared. "Trees where we had wildlife, where birds lived, are going to be cut. The wildlife is going to be displaced."
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2012
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. workers continued to investigate what caused high-voltage lines to go down outside the city of Annapolis, putting on a light show Thursday night before plunging more than 55,000 customers into darkness. Electricity was restored by 1 a.m. Friday, though work will continue over the weekend, BGE spokeswoman Rachael Lighty said. The transmission lines disconnected about 9 p.m. Thursday from a tower near Bestgate Road and Generals Highway, an area near the Annapolis Mall.
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By Paul Adams and Paul Adams,Sun reporter | June 5, 2008
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., criticized by some lawmakers this year for being too aggressive in trimming trees around power lines, faces a $180,000 federal fine for failing to keep tree limbs a safe distance from high-voltage transmission lines, regulators said yesterday. BGE and Des Moines, Iowa-based MidAmerica Energy Holdings Co. were among the first utilities in the nation to face financial penalties under new regulations put in place last year. The rules were adopted partly in response to a 2003 blackout that affected 50 million people in the U.S. and Canada.
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By Bill Talbott and Bill Talbott,Staff Writer | September 1, 1993
Most would be elated with one hole-in-one in a lifetime, but Bob Boyd of Perkasie, Pa., sank four in 18 minutes yesterday.Mr. Boyd was not playing golf. He's the pilot of a Sikorsky helicopter that set 17 utility poles for Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. near Finksburg for a new electrical transmission line.The utility company is upgrading a 33,000 volt transmission line to a 115,000-volt transmission line between Finksburg and Westminster to meet increased demand in the Westminster area.Frank Wanken, a BG&E corporate affairs officer, said the 17 poles placed by the helicopter yesterday were in wetlands and other areas not easily accessible to ground vehicles.
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By PAUL ADAMS and PAUL ADAMS,SUN REPORTER | July 19, 2006
The region's power grid held up despite record demand for electricity along the Eastern Seaboard yesterday, but energy experts say this week's heat wave has stressed the system and highlighted the need for investment in new transmission lines to keep prices down and ensure reliability. The PJM Interconnection, which operates the electric grid for 51 million people in Maryland and 12 other states, said peak demand in the power pool reached about 134,721 megawatts yesterday afternoon, down slightly from Monday's record of 139,746 megawatts.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Sun reporter | December 28, 2007
Howard Transit's aged fleet of buses is being replaced in a transformation that will significantly increase costs for county taxpayers, says Ray Ambrose, administrator of the system for Corridor Transportation Corp. The bus system's proposed budget for next fiscal year calls for the county to spend $11.4 million -- unless additional state or federal funding becomes available -- more than doubling the $5.3 million the county spent in fiscal year 2007, which ended June 30. Officials have budgeted $7.9 million in county funds for the system this fiscal year.
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By Karen Hosler | September 13, 2009
A mostly tidy little stand-off the other night over expanding Constellation Energy's nuclear power complex at Calvert Cliffs was interrupted with the heretical suggestion that the region doesn't need all that new power from any source - or the expanded ability to deliver it. This suggestion comes despite rapid growth in the Mid-Atlantic that has choked electricity transmission lines and invoked predictions of rolling brown-outs within the next several years....
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By Paul Adams and Paul Adams,Sun reporter | June 23, 2007
Managers of the Mid-Atlantic power grid approved yesterday a $1.8 billion transmission line project that could bring less-expensive electricity into Maryland from West Virginia, but the potential benefits are at least five years away. The high-capacity power line will stretch 290 miles from a substation near St. Albans, W.Va., to a substation in Kemptown, in Frederick County. The project is a joint venture between Allegheny Energy Inc., which serves Western Maryland, and American Electric Power, an Ohio utility that owns a coal-fired power plant near the western end of the proposed power line.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2012
The state's power grid operator does not need a $3.3 billion pair of transmission line projects built through Maryland because the weak economy has slowed demand for electricity, the staff of operator PJM Interconnection has concluded. The staff will recommend that PJM's board cancel the Mid-Atlantic Power Pathway, or MAPP, and Potomac-Appalachian Transmission Highline, or PATH, because its analysis showed they are not needed to maintain reliability of the power grid, according to a presentation PJM released Wednesday.
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October 12, 2010
The forecast for the East Coast is windy with a chance of 6,000 megawatts — or enough electricity to power 1.9 million homes. That's what a $5 billion offshore transmission line proposal unveiled yesterday could make possible along the Atlantic Coast, and it's an exciting prospect for the nation's energy future. Atlantic Wind Connection, the planned 350-mile underwater line located 15 to 20 miles off the coast, would provide a connection for multiple offshore wind power projects including Delaware's proposed Bluewater Wind.
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By Karen Hosler | September 13, 2009
A mostly tidy little stand-off the other night over expanding Constellation Energy's nuclear power complex at Calvert Cliffs was interrupted with the heretical suggestion that the region doesn't need all that new power from any source - or the expanded ability to deliver it. This suggestion comes despite rapid growth in the Mid-Atlantic that has choked electricity transmission lines and invoked predictions of rolling brown-outs within the next several years....
BUSINESS
By Paul Adams and Paul Adams,Sun reporter | June 5, 2008
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., criticized by some lawmakers this year for being too aggressive in trimming trees around power lines, faces a $180,000 federal fine for failing to keep tree limbs a safe distance from high-voltage transmission lines, regulators said yesterday. BGE and Des Moines, Iowa-based MidAmerica Energy Holdings Co. were among the first utilities in the nation to face financial penalties under new regulations put in place last year. The rules were adopted partly in response to a 2003 blackout that affected 50 million people in the U.S. and Canada.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Sun reporter | December 28, 2007
Howard Transit's aged fleet of buses is being replaced in a transformation that will significantly increase costs for county taxpayers, says Ray Ambrose, administrator of the system for Corridor Transportation Corp. The bus system's proposed budget for next fiscal year calls for the county to spend $11.4 million -- unless additional state or federal funding becomes available -- more than doubling the $5.3 million the county spent in fiscal year 2007, which ended June 30. Officials have budgeted $7.9 million in county funds for the system this fiscal year.
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By Paul Adams and Paul Adams,Sun reporter | October 3, 2007
The Energy Department designated Maryland and most of the Mid-Atlantic yesterday as part of a national corridor targeted for new power lines, giving federal regulators authority to overrule state objections to utility projects deemed critical to keeping the lights on. The region's designation as a "national interest electric transmission corridor" has the potential to minimize delays in getting several proposed transmission lines built in parts of...
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By Lane Harvey Brown and Lane Harvey Brown,SUN STAFF | May 18, 2003
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s tree-cutting along a key transmission line in Harford County has incensed neighbors of a Fallston neighborhood along the utility's right of way. Brookhill Farms, a community off Watervale Road, stands to lose several hundred mature maples, evergreens and other trees as crews come through, not just to trim trees, but in many cases to cut them down to the stump. And in possibly the unkindest cut of all, neighbors say, BGE is leaving behind all of the stumps.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2012
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. workers continued to investigate what caused high-voltage lines to go down outside the city of Annapolis, putting on a light show Thursday night before plunging more than 55,000 customers into darkness. Electricity was restored by 1 a.m. Friday, though work will continue over the weekend, BGE spokeswoman Rachael Lighty said. The transmission lines disconnected about 9 p.m. Thursday from a tower near Bestgate Road and Generals Highway, an area near the Annapolis Mall.
BUSINESS
By Paul Adams and Paul Adams,Sun reporter | June 23, 2007
Managers of the Mid-Atlantic power grid approved yesterday a $1.8 billion transmission line project that could bring less-expensive electricity into Maryland from West Virginia, but the potential benefits are at least five years away. The high-capacity power line will stretch 290 miles from a substation near St. Albans, W.Va., to a substation in Kemptown, in Frederick County. The project is a joint venture between Allegheny Energy Inc., which serves Western Maryland, and American Electric Power, an Ohio utility that owns a coal-fired power plant near the western end of the proposed power line.
BUSINESS
By PAUL ADAMS and PAUL ADAMS,SUN REPORTER | July 19, 2006
The region's power grid held up despite record demand for electricity along the Eastern Seaboard yesterday, but energy experts say this week's heat wave has stressed the system and highlighted the need for investment in new transmission lines to keep prices down and ensure reliability. The PJM Interconnection, which operates the electric grid for 51 million people in Maryland and 12 other states, said peak demand in the power pool reached about 134,721 megawatts yesterday afternoon, down slightly from Monday's record of 139,746 megawatts.
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