Clean Currents has action-packed “Wind-powered Baltimore Week,” Oct. 15-21

  Maryland-based Clean Currents is hosting Wind Powered Baltimore Week October 15-21 to celebrate Baltimore’s growing community of businesses, nonprofits and homes powered by wind. The week-long recognition of green energy powered organizations includes events, promotions and kicks off this year’s Green Neighborhood Challenge. Over 35 businesses and community groups...

Donald Fry: Port surge shows value of transportation infrastructure

  By Donald C. Fry While the Inner Harbor gets much of the glory when people think of Baltimore’s waterfront, our working port continues to be a major driver of our regional and statewide economies. This was decisively underscored by Governor Martin O’Malley’s recent announcement that cargo business at the Port of Baltimore is surging in a big way – an economic outcome that, in order to continue nurturing, touches … Continue reading

Port of Baltimore saw largest growth among major U.S. ports

  Governor Martin O’Malley announced April 23 the Port of Baltimore saw a 15 percent increase in the amount of cargo it handled in 2011, marking the greatest increase of growth by any major U.S. port last year. The Port’s public and private marine terminals saw 37.8 million tons of cargo cross their docks in 2011, up from 32.8 million tons in 2010. The total dollar value amount of that … Continue reading

Baltimore city pursues climate action plan

  It is 2020. You turn on the TV and scrolling at the bottom of your screen is a message: “STORM WATCH … FLOOD WATCH.” You panic. Why? Because your house is 8 feet above what was determined to be the flood risk height when your building was constructed. But as the sea level has risen this past decade, the cherished belongings you keep on the first floor of your … Continue reading

Community involvement, one step in Harbor cleanup

Most people who walk by the green-grey water of the Inner Harbor would say it is a surprise the waters are even habitable for fish, which makes Adam Lindquist and the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore’s vision of a swimmable and fishable Harbor by 2020 seem like an impossible goal. At the GBC’s Energy & Natural Resources Committee on Feb. 6, Lindquist, Healthy Harbor coordinator for Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, outlined … Continue reading

Eyeing Waste to Energy Options

The debate has commenced — the debate over who gets your trash. Typically, landfills have been the most common dumping ground for people’s trash, but Chris Skaggs, the new executive director for Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal, informed GBC’s Energy & Natural Resources Committee about the benefits of having waste management facilities. Waste management facilities turn trash into usable energy. He estimates 85,000 homes in various counties throughout Maryland have been … Continue reading

Exelon executive: 600 positions identified for cuts under merger

By Hanah Cho, Baltimore Sun Exelon Corp. has identified some 600 corporate positions that would be eliminated under a merger with Baltimore’s Constellation Energy Group, a top executive of the Chicago energy giant said Wednesday. Exelon’s chief operating officer, Christopher M. Crane, said the reductions would occur across both companies, but he did not detail the breakdown between Constellation and Exelon. Crane said Wednesday that Baltimore would have fewer corporate … Continue reading

Exelon exec makes case for merger with Constellation

Exelon’s corporate leaders are willing to work with Governor Martin O’Malley and Maryland officials to “tweak” its plans for renewable energy in Maryland and to discuss that issue and others the state has raised in challenging the proposed merger with Constellation Energy Group, a senior Exelon executive told GBC members on October 26. “Despite all the ins and outs, we continue to have very good and open conversations with the … Continue reading

Donald Fry: Parsing Exelon-Constellation merger benefits as PSC hearings loom

By Donald C. Fry The merger proposal of the Exelon Corporation and Constellation Energy Group will surface in earnest on October 28. That’s when the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) has scheduled a status conference on the merger, to be followed by public hearings between then and December 5. Typical of most major issues that come before the commission, the merger proposal has generated the prerequisite mountain of paperwork – … Continue reading

BGE updates GBC committee on next-generation ‘Smart Grid’ technology

In spring 2012, the Baltimore Gas & Electric Company (BGE) will begin installing the next generation of advanced meters, the first phase in providing residential and small business customers with features that will help them manage their electric use and bills. Called “smart” meters, the meters will allow two-way communication between the meters and BGE via a wireless network. Customers with new meters will see the first meter-related feature in … Continue reading