EmPOWER Maryland energy efficiency bill becomes law

The EmPOWER Maryland energy efficiency legislation championed by businesses and environmental organizations has officially become law. Legislation expected to create nearly 70,000 jobs, grow economy and save businesses billions of dollars. EmPOWER Maryland helps homeowners and businesses reduce energy waste by offering them technical assistance and incentives to take steps such as installing new appliances, sealing air leaks, and optimizing manufacturing production lines. Gov. Hogan declined to sign the bill, but he didn’t veto it either, and it passed by a veto-proof margin. As a r...
MCTA to Offer Traditional Appalachian Herbal Tonics and Wild Foods Workshop

Mountain City Traditional Arts will host a workshop, Traditional Appalachian Herbal Tonics and Wild Foods," on Saturday, April 15th. In this class, Andrea Lay of Hidden Hollow Farm will explore herbs and wild foods that grow in our region, and discuss how they have been traditionally used as spring tonics to rejuvenate us after a long winter. Workshop offerings include samples of Sassafras tea, Nettle tea, wild greens, and early spring roots. Medicinal uses, identification tips, and recipes will be shared. Located at 25 E. Main Street, Frostburg, Mountain City Traditional Arts is a program of Frostburg State University dedicated to the education, sales, documentation and perpetuation of the traditional arts in the mountain region. For more information call 301-687-8040. 
Cabaret Dinner Theatre Package Available

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In the River Sweet Author to Join Book Discussion of Her Work

Novelist, poet and playwright Patricia Henley will join the book group at Main Street Books in Frostburg on Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30 pm for a discussion of her novel In The River Sweet.  The author's book explores the story of a woman whose long-held secret will transform her life and her marriage as she seeks answers to events that happened in her past. Henley has written three novels, four collections of stories, two chapbooks of poetry and a stage play.  Her novel Hummingbird House was a finalist for the National Book Award.  Her work has been antho...
FSU to Focus on Sustainability and Climate Awareness at Focus Frostburg

Frostburg State University will once again be fully focused on sustainability and climate awareness during the upcoming Focus Frostburg event, an annual day of learning, on Monday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event, free and open to the public, will feature green activities for everyone, including presentations in the Lane University Center. Learn all about FSU’s climate action commitment from a wide range of presentations from faculty and students at the Lane Center, including those on the topics of environmental justice, climate change and declining biodiversity, r...
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MCTA to Offer Traditional Appalachian Herbal Tonics and Wild Foods Workshop PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kara Rogers Thomas   
Sunday, 09 April 2017 08:53

Mountain City Traditional Arts will host a workshop, Traditional Appalachian Herbal Tonics and Wild Foods," on Saturday, April 15th.

In this class, Andrea Lay of Hidden Hollow Farm will explore herbs and wild foods that grow in our region, and discuss how they have been traditionally used as spring tonics to rejuvenate us after a long winter. Workshop offerings include samples of Sassafras tea, Nettle tea, wild greens, and early spring roots. Medicinal uses, identification tips, and recipes will be shared.

Located at 25 E. Main Street, Frostburg, Mountain City Traditional Arts is a program of Frostburg State University dedicated to the education, sales, documentation and perpetuation of the traditional arts in the mountain region. For more information call 301-687-8040. 

 
 
 
EmPOWER Maryland energy efficiency bill becomes law PDF Print E-mail
Written by Denise Robbins   
Sunday, 09 April 2017 09:00

The EmPOWER Maryland energy efficiency legislation championed by businesses and environmental organizations has officially become law.

Legislation expected to create nearly 70,000 jobs, grow economy and save businesses billions of dollars.


EmPOWER Maryland helps homeowners and businesses reduce energy waste by offering them technical assistance and incentives to take steps such as installing new appliances, sealing air leaks, and optimizing manufacturing production lines.


Gov. Hogan declined to sign the bill, but he didn’t veto it either, and it passed by a veto-proof margin. As a result, it officially became law at midnight this morning.


See reactions from other business and environmental organizations below


So far, the energy efficiency program has saved utility customers $1.8 billion on their electric bills. According to recent, independent research by the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy, the extension is expected to:

  • Create more than 68,000 over the next decade, with most of the jobs in construction and services.

  • Save ratepayers $11.7 billion because of reduced energy consumption.

  • Add $3.75 billion to Maryland’s gross domestic product.


Supporters of the bill include major trade associations, businesses, and environmental groups including Union Hospital, Schneider Electric, MGM Resorts, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, the Maryland Alliance for Energy Contractors, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Earthjustice, and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, among others.


Quotes


James McGarry, Maryland & DC Policy Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network: “The cheapest and cleanest form of energy is the kind that is never used, thanks to energy efficiency and conservation. This bill will create good-paying jobs in energy efficiency, and help us transition to a clean energy future where our environment is protected for future generations.


Michael Giangrande, Chairman, Maryland Alliance for Energy Contractors: “As someone who works in energy efficiency, I see firsthand how EmPOWER Maryland is creating jobs and improving people’s lives by saving them money, making their homes more comfortable and keeping electricity costs down.”


Deron Lovaas, Senior Policy Advisor, for the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Urban Solutions program: "This is an amazing accomplishment for one of our nation's most forward-thinking states. EmPOWER Maryland is an example of how common-sense policies like energy efficiency can win support no matter whether you're a liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat."


Jessica Ennis, Senior Legislative Representative, Earthjustice: “Clean energy solutions like EmPOWER Maryland are critical to ensuring that we have clean air to breathe and clean water to drink.”

 

 
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