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Maryland takes lead in forcing coal plants to clean up water discharges

The Baltimore Sun: Maryland is requiring three coal power plants to limit the amount of mercury, arsenic and other toxic metals they release into the Potomac and Patuxent rivers starting in 2020, amid uncertainty over whether the federal government will address the discharges. State environmental regulators issued the new water discharge permits to the Chalk […]

August 15, 2018 Read More →

‘Offshore wind ready to take off in the U.S.’

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): As of the end of 2017, European countries have installed a total of just under 16,000 MW of offshore wind. The United States has installed 30 MW. For a country that ranks second globally in onshore wind installations with roughly 89 GW, why is it that the US is so […]

August 7, 2018 Read More →

Op-Ed: U.S Offshore Wind Industry’s Foothold in the Northeast

(New Bedford, Mass.) South Coast Today: Up and down the eastern seaboard, states are competing to attract new investments in offshore wind. Rhode Island is home to the first offshore wind farm in the country. Maryland recently approved two offshore projects. Other states, from Maine to the Carolinas, are competing to be the center of […]

July 25, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: State-by-State Clean-Energy Groundswell in 2016

Jessica Collingsworth for the Union of Concerned Scientists: Looking back at the last year I see a lot of clear signs that the clean energy transition is moving forward in the US.  Here are eight states that really stepped up to become climate leaders: California In August, the California legislature passed remarkable climate change legislation. […]

January 4, 2017 Read More →
Wind in the Wires, and More on the Way

Wind in the Wires, and More on the Way

30 States Have Projects Under Construction or in Advanced Development

Wind power is a rapidly growing source of electricity in the U.S., doubling its share of generation in just five years, to 4.9 percent in 2015. The declining cost of wind power, along with cheap natural gas, has put tremendous financial pressure on both coal-fired and nuclear power plants, and is changing the mix of fuels […]

September 16, 2016 Read More →

D.C. Commission, in Surprise 2-1 Reversal, Approves Pepco-Exelon Merger

Thomas Heath and Aaron C. Davis for the Washington Post: District regulators approved a $6.8 billion merger between Pepco Holdings and Exelon on Wednesday, creating the largest publicly held utility in the country. The decision marked a surprising turn of events for the deal, which D.C. regulators had rejected twice and which appeared to be […]

March 24, 2016 Read More →
Exelon Takeover of Pepco, Resurrected by D.C. Mayor, Still Fails the Public-Interest Test

Exelon Takeover of Pepco, Resurrected by D.C. Mayor, Still Fails the Public-Interest Test

Higher Rates, More Risk, Less Interest in Renewables

Even in its latest guise, the proposed settlement of the Exelon-Pepco merger fails the public-interest litmus test. We’ve filed public comment to that effect with the District of Columbia Public Service Commission today (and we’ve written a cautionary letter and memo to the D.C. City Council, which of course holds considerable political sway). The gist […]

November 17, 2015 Read More →

Calls for Ethics Inquiry on D.C. Mayor’s Embrace of Exelon-Pepco Merger

Aaron C. Davis for the Washington Post: Environmentalists and good government groups on Wednesday called for an ethics investigation into D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s decision to reverse course and to back a takeover of Pepco, the city’s electric utility, by Exelon, a Chicago-based nuclear energy giant. Critics of the mayor’s about-face, which breathed new […]

November 12, 2015 Read More →

D.C. Commission to Reconsider Allowing Exelon-Pepco Merger to Go Forward

Kate Ryan for WTOP: City regulators will take another look at the potential Pepco-Exelon merger, following a unanimous vote Wednesday to consider a settlement Exelon reached with the District. In August, the D.C. Public Service Commission denied an application for the merger, saying it wasn’t good for the public’s interest. Opponents say the merger would […]

October 29, 2015 Read More →

Maryland AG Pushes for Commission to Block Exelon Takeover of Pepco

Carrie Wells for the Baltimore Sun: Attorney General Brian E. Frosh joined an effort in court Wednesday to require the Maryland Public Service Commission to reconsider its approval of Exelon Corp.’s merger with Pepco Holdings. Frosh filed a friend of the court brief in an effort by the Office of People’s Counsel, Maryland’s consumer advocate, […]

October 29, 2015 Read More →