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Standard Solar acquires 2.9 MW community solar project in Maryland

By Anne Fischer

A new community solar array will increase energy access and bring economic benefits, job creation, tax revenue and other tangible benefits to Carroll County, Maryland residents. Standard Solar, Inc., a specialist in the acquisition, development, ownership and operation of commercial and community solar assets, acquired the 2.9 MW Klees Mill community solar project from developer partners Ogos Energy LLC and Earth and Air Technologies.


Poll Projection: Marylanders Want Climate Change This Legislative Cycle

By CBS Baltimore Staff

A new poll shows that the majority of registered voters want the Maryland General Assembly to take action on climate change during the 2022 legislative session.


Climate activists up the pressure on Md. lawmakers as session starts

By Elizabeth Shwe and Josh Kurtz

Six Maryland environment professors penned a letter to the presiding officers of the General Assembly this week, imploring them to commit to reducing climate pollution in Maryland by 60% below 2006 levels by 2030. They cited recommendations by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which released a major report last summer revealing that drastic reductions in emissions are urgent and necessary to prevent a climate catastrophe.


Maryland congressional delegation shares top environmental priorities during virtual meeting with epa regional administrator adam ortiz

Members of Maryland’s congressional delegation gathered virtually Tuesday for their first official meeting with the newly appointed regional administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region III, Adam Ortiz. U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) met with Ortiz to discuss Chesapeake Bay Program oversight, implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, environmental justice and other regional environmental issues. Highlights included strategies to build climate resilience and Bay-friendly agricultural supply chains, and protect vulnerable populations and drinking water sources.


Maryland policymakers gather with legal marijuana, climate change and a multi-billion dollar in surplus on the agenda

By Erin Cox and Ovetta Wiggins Photo: Jonathan Newton , The Washington Post

Maryland lawmakers convene Wednesday with an unprecedented $4.6 billion state surplus and plans to tackle legalizing marijuana, mitigating climate change, potential tax relief and a host of other long-simmering — but unaddressed — goals in an election year.


Chesapeake Bay states are unlikely to reach EPA’s 2025 cleanup deadline at current pace, report finds

By Christine Condon

Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia are unlikely to reach their joint Chesapeake Bay pollution limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency in time for a 2025 deadline, according to a report released Wednesday by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.


Coal plant explosion should be a wake-up call

By Baltimore Sun Editorial Board Photo: Jerry Jackson , AP

Late Thursday morning, an explosion in Curtis Bay rattled buildings, broke windows and likely frayed some nerves. A buildup of coal dust at the CSX Coal Plant Building was blamed for the blast, which could be heard — and felt — from miles away. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured, according to CSX and the Baltimore Fire Department, and the incident remains under investigation.


Maryland Department of Transportation Makes Plans for Total Electric Bus Fleet

By David Worford Photo: Maryland Transit Administration

Following Maryland’s Zero-Emission Bus Transition Act as well as the growing need to stay on top of technology and replace its aging fleet, the Maryland Department of Transportation and the Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) is planning to move to zero emission buses.


Groups urge bigger targets, more equity as RGGI states consider changes

By Lisa Prevost

As the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, known as RGGI, undergoes a thorough review by participating states, environmental advocates are demanding more ambitious emission reduction targets and a mandate for equitable distribution of the revenues.


How the coastal mid-Atlantic is haunted by sea-level rise

By Samantha Harrington Photo: Cody Pfister

From ghost forests to sinking farmland, coastal salt marshes are rapidly shifting as the oceans rise. The Local Motives team, Nate Murray and Cody Pfister, traveled to New Jersey and Maryland to understand the impact of sea-level rise. In the past, marshes migrated naturally in response to changes, but now those shifts are happening much more quickly and as marshes move inland, they run into human development and farm land.