Events & News - May 17

Events of Interest to CSGA

Hearing on Petition of the Electric Vehicle Work Group for Implementation of a Statewide Electric Vehicle Portfolio / Maryland Public Service Commission

May 17, 10 AM - William Donald Schaefer Tower, Baltimore

Rally for a Safety Study / We are Cove Point

May 17, Noon - Governor's Mansion, Annapolis

Three Movies about Water, in India, Kenya and Here / Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church

May 18, 6:30 PM - Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, Bethesda

Work Session / Charles County Board of Appeals

May 22, 7 PM - Charles County Government Building, La Plata

Drop In and Hang Out at MDE / We Are Cove Point

May 23, 11 AM - Maryland Department of the Environment, Baltimore

Community Meeting on Solar Energy Farms / Anne Arundel County Department of Planning and Zoning

May 23, 6 PM - Southern Middle School, Lothian

Rally for a Safety Study / We are Cove Point

May 24, Noon - Governor's Mansion, Annapolis

News, Information, and Opinion of Interest to CSGA

Clean-energy grid key to Maryland’s future | delmarva now

Two Salisbury University students write about the importance of upgrading Maryland's energy grid to increase the percentage of clean energy sources.

Solar Power Rains Incentives In Maryland | The National Law Review

Subscription incentive metric is measured by comparing net present value of potential subscription against baseline rate.

As Md. plans charger build-out, groups urge equal access - Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

Fort Meade: Base Drinking Water Passes EPA Standards, Off-Base Contamination May Be Leaking Dangerous Toxin into Little Patuxent River - The Arundel Patriot

City is backsliding on “zero waste” goal | Baltimore Brew

A bid document that presumes continued use of the Wheelabrator incinerator “through 2040” is a red flag for the councilwoman and environmentalists.

A federal appeals court has stopped construction of a controversial gas pipeline that is planned to run through West Virginia, VIrginia and North Carolina - The Washington Post

Judges said restrictions against harming wildlife during construction are inadequate.

Treetop protesters take anti-pipeline demonstration on the road |

A pair of tree-sitting protesters stopped in Charlottesville on Monday to demand action against two natural gas pipelines that are poised to cross the state.

Editorial: What would it take to change Northam's mind on pipelines? Some advice for pipeline opponents |

West Virginia allows ETP to resume work on Rover natgas pipeline | Reuters

PIPELINES: Appalachian boom: Potholes, landslides and shattered peace --

West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania now pump more natural gas than Texas. Regulators struggle to keep up as more pipeline is put in the ground.

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Installs 11,000-panel Solar Array to Cut Emissions - Energy Manager Today

Federal judge strikes down Oakland’s ban of coal facility operations - SFGate

In a blow to Oakland and its environmental agenda, a federal judge in San Francisco on Tuesday cleared the way for a company to export coal from a port in the city.

Majorities See Government Efforts to Protect the Environment as Insufficient | Pew Research Center

At the same time, Americans are closely divided over whether or not it is possible to cut back on regulations while still effectively protecting air and water.

Benefits of carbon pricing outweigh the costs | TheHill

Revenues will be returned to the residents who bear the largest burden from environmental injustices, and businesses with higher energy demands.

$325 million investment, at least 500 jobs coming to Floyd County | Mountain News WYMT

A clean technology plant announced its plans to build new facilities in Floyd County Wednesday.

This Beautiful Watercolor Painting Contains a Dark Climate Message | Earther

Art doesn’t need to live in museums or galleries. It can live on the cover of scientific journals, educating the masses in creative ways.

Solutions for Maintaining the Existing Nuclear Fleet — Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Nuclear power is responsible for around 20 percent of U.S. electricity generation and more than 50 percent of its zero-emission generation. However, these large sources of zero-emission power are being prematurely retired with respect to their operating licenses because of low wholesale electricity prices resulting from low natural gas prices, excess power generation capacity, declining renewable energy costs, and low growth in electricity demand.

Nuclear power is half of America’s clean electricity. Here’s how to save it. - Vox

With no price on carbon, here’s how states are keeping nuclear power plants open.

One-Fourth of U.S. Nuclear Plants Are at Risk of Early Retirement - Bloomberg

More than a quarter of U.S. nuclear power plants don’t make enough money to cover their operating costs, raising the threat of more early retirements.

Trump White House quietly cancels NASA research verifying greenhouse gas cuts | Science

$10 million research line used satellites and aircraft to monitor carbon sources and sinks

Fort Collins council to consider 100% renewable energy goals | Coloradan

Fort Collins City Council isn't committed to changing existing carbon neutrality goals, but asked staff to look at the feasibility of more aggressive goals.

California regulators approve mandate for solar panels on new houses | Los Angeles Times

California regulators on Wednesday mandated that all newly built single family houses have solar panels, part of the state’s aggressive push to combat climate change.

State renewable energy increases under bill - Connecticut Post

An energy bill mandating that 40 percent of the state’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030 easily passed the state Senate — despite opposition to changes in how customers pay for solar power.

Climate Talks Stall as $100 Billion Still Out of Sight - Bloomberg

Two weeks of climate talks organized by the United Nations finished with developing countries demanding more clarity from their richer counterparts on when a promised package of $100 billion in finance will materialize.

Renewable Energy and Jobs - Annual Review 2018 | IRENA

According to this annual review, renewable energy jobs grew 5.3% in 2017, with the total surpassing 10 million worldwide.

North Carolina court upholds group's solar power violation | AP

The North Carolina Supreme Court on Friday quickly rejected a challenge to regulators who decided a clean-energy advocacy group broke electric-service rules by selling solar power to a church.

State Bayou Bridge Pipeline permit illegal, state judge rules |

Judge requires Bayou Bridge to develop evacuation, response plans for accidents before any permit is issued.