Posts filed under ‘Energy’

6-1-12: The Future of Steelmaking in Baltimore County

RG Steel, the company that runs the steel mill at Sparrows Point, is filing for bankruptcy. The plant is idle, and layoffs may be on the way. We’ll talk to a reporter and a union local president about the prospects for a new owner, and talk to people from the community about the toll of years of instability at Sparrows Point.

Continue Reading June 1, 2012 at 8:15 am Leave a comment

3-14-12: The State of the Shale in Our State

There are more than a dozen bills before the Maryland legislature dealing with the possibility of drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale. We talk with Senator Brian Frosh, who’s proposing several of the measures, and with Drew Cobbs of the Maryland Petroleum Council, about how they could affect the future of drilling in the state.

Continue Reading March 14, 2012 at 8:05 am 2 comments

3-6-12: BGE’s Exelon Adventure

The Public Service Commission has approved the proposed Constellation/Exelon merger, with conditions. Forty of them. What are they? And what do they mean for consumers and investors? We’ll ask Maryland People’s Counsel Paula Carmody and Morningstar utilities analyst Travis Miller.

Continue Reading March 6, 2012 at 8:10 am Leave a comment

1-18-12: Crowdsourcing Solar Power

A group of neighbors in University Park, Maryland has come up with a new business model for crowdsourcing solar energy. The prototype is taking off around the state–and gathering interest around the country.

Continue Reading January 18, 2012 at 8:05 am 2 comments

1-17-12: Bats vs. Wind Turbines

Wind energy is on the agenda for the General Assembly session. But what happens to birds and bats when wind farms pop up in their natural habitat?

Continue Reading January 17, 2012 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

12-19-11: An Unlikely Coalition

Governor O’Malley is expected to propose another bill that would incentivize the creation of a wind farm off the coast of Ocean City. It’s created an unlikely coalition that includes both environmentalists and organized labor leaders.

Continue Reading December 19, 2011 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

10-25-11: Gas and Electric, Mergers and Acquisitions

Maryland-based Constellation Energy, the parent company of Baltimore Gas and Electric, wants to merge with Chicago-based Exelon. There are many stakeholders, with many demands. We’ll learn more from Scott Dance, who’s been covering the issue for the Baltimore Business Journal.

Continue Reading October 25, 2011 at 8:40 am Leave a comment

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