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Howard signs Camp Ilchester purchase agreement

Howard County has completed the purchase agreement for Camp Ilchester. In May, the Howard County Council approved the County Executive Calvin Ball’s proposal to include $6 million in the budget to acquire the 21-acre property from the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland. Howard County intends to preserve Camp Ilchester as green space, keeping up to 105 housing units out of the development pipeline […]

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MEA partners with X-energy, Frostburg State

The Maryland Energy Administration announced a partnership to determine the potential for siting an Advanced Small Modular Reactor with Maryland-based X-energy and Frostburg State University through a collaborative study.  Depending on these findings, this research will provide information on available clean energy opportunities to the state. A Maryland fossil fuel site will be examined for […]

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MEA starts offshore wind website, announces awards

The Maryland Energy Administration has developed a new Maryland offshore wind website,, in partnership with the Business Network for Offshore Wind.  The website will act as a centralized source of information and resources for individuals and businesses looking to learn more about offshore wind in Maryland, the economic opportunities, and how to get involved in the […]

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HCEDA, APL leverage smart city innovation in Gateway

The Howard County Economic Development Authority is collaborating with the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, in Laurel, to plan and implement a smart and connected community concept within Howard County’s Gateway District. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed in April includes provisions for autonomous systems, clean and sustainable energy, population health and cybersecurity concepts that […]

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MEA awards $1.5M via low-income solar grant program

The Maryland Energy Administration announces $1.5 million in awards to build new solar technology on low-income Marylanders’ primary residences. Funding for this project is made possible through MEA’s Low Income Solar Grant Program, which is funded by the Strategic Energy Investment Fund. MEA will provide grant funding for the design and installation of solar energy systems for a limited […]

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Ports garners federal funding for rail infrastructure

The Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore will receive $15.6 million from the Federal Railroad Administration Consolidated Rail and Infrastructure Safety Improvements program for its Rail Capacity Modernization Project.  The project will reconstruct and update the Seagirt Marine Terminal’s intermodal rail yard infrastructure and support increased demand for double-stacked trains of containerized cargo to markets […]

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Funding secured for underground tunnel in Ellicott City

Howard County announced the closing of a $75 million low-interest federal loan to construct a 5,000-foot-long tunnel in Ellicott City, which will be the largest flood mitigation component of the Ellicott City Safe and Sound plan.  The funding was secured through the Environmental Protection Agency’s competitive Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, which provides water […]

Posted inAnne Arundel County

Pittman statement on FHA’s Chesapeake Bay Crossing study

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman issued the following statement on the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision for the Chesapeake Bay Crossing Study: Tier 1 National Environmental Policy Act. “The Federal Highway Administration’s decision to pursue only the Route 50 corridor for Chesapeake Bay crossing enhancement was no surprise. “While we would […]

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ALLETE closes acquisition of New Energy Equity

ALLETE Inc. has closed the previously announced acquisition of New Energy Equity, of Annapolis, a distributed solar developer, for approximately $165.5 million. New Energy has successfully completed more than 250 distributed solar projects across the nation totaling more than 330 megawatts. The company’s pipeline of development projects is slated to include about 2 gigawatts across 26 […]