Volume 16, Issue 14 | May 13, 2019

Maryland Legislators Aim to Extend Commitment to Renewable Energy

Lawmakers seek 50 percent renewable energy increase by 2030 with current bill.


Maryland lawmakers are seeking to extend their commitment to renewable energy with a new bill that mandates 50 percent of the state’s electricity supply come from renewable sources by 2030. The bill is currently on the desk of Governor Larry Hogan awaiting his signature. If approved, the bill could spur an increase in the usage of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar for the state of Maryland.

 

The bill also includes subsidies for small and minority-owned business within the clean energy industry. Provisions for job training and apprenticeships are also a part of the bill. The results of the legislation could also reduce the state’s air pollution and spur economic development with clean energy jobs in manufacturing, installation and more.

 

Source:
Morehouse, C. (2019, April 10). Maryland 50% RPS bill doubles offshore wind target, expands solar-carve out. Retrieved April 29, 2019, from https://www.utilitydive.com/news/maryland-50-rps-bill-doubles-offshore-wind-target-expands-solar-carve-out/552421/

 


Editor's Note

Power and Gas Prices Change

Weekly Review May 5 - May 11, 2019

 

On Thursday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that working gas in storage as of Friday May 3, 2019, was 1,547 BCF. This was an increase of 85 BCF from the previous week, close to market expectations. Inventories are now 128 BCF higher than last year at this time, and 303 below the 5-year average.

Overall this week, NYMEX natural gas prices were up slightly for Bal2019 and 2020 but down for 2021 and 2022. This is the same pattern we're seeing when we compare this year’s prices to last year’s.

The 12-month strip (Jun19-May20) was up 0.4%. PJM West Hub power prices were down this week but remain higher than they were one year ago for most terms. For the week, the 12-month strip (Jun19-May20) was down 1.8%.


This past week's market information is provided as a courtesy to our customers and is not indicative of, nor should be relied upon, as representative of future transactions.


Carbon Reduction

8 Positive Steps for Improving Air Quality

These small changes can help you breathe easier.

 

Since 1972, the American Lung Association has sponsored Clean Air Month during the month of May to educate the public about the relationship between clean air and respiratory health. Air pollution from daily activities is negatively impacting the health and environment of communities across the country and world. Fortunately, there are actions that we can all take to reduce air pollution and protect our health.

Follow these eight steps for improving air quality in and around your home:

  1. Commit to cleaner commuting by carpooling or using public transportation to reduce greenhouse gas emission.
  2. Utilize environmentally safe cleaning products to promote better air quality indoors.
  3. Conserve electricity to energy waste.
  4. Avoid exercising when pollution levels are high.
  5. If you’re going to use a wood-burning fireplace or fire pit, limit your exposure to smoke and burn dry wood that has been split, covered and stored for at least six months.
  6. Check air pollution in your area daily via airnow.gov.
  7. Plant trees to help filter and absorb carbon dioxide.
  8. Check your home for radon, which is an odorless radioactive gas that is harmful to your health.

These small changes in your daily activities can help you breathe easier.

 

Sources:
10 Tips to Protect Yourself from Unhealthy Air. (n.d.). Retrieved May 6, 2019, from https://www.lung.org/our-initiatives/healthy-air/outdoor/air-pollution/10-tips-to-protect-yourself.html

Clean Air Month -- May 1994. (1994, April 29). Retrieved May 6, 2019, from https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00030613.htm

 


Weather

Local Heating Degree Days*

 


Washington, D.C. Area Heating Degrees Days* 

 

Nov - 18

Dec - 18

Jan - 19

Feb - 19

Mar - 19

 Apr - 19

 Actual

556 

668 

 863

638

568

134

 Normal

468

753 

 867

721

563

249

 Departure from Normal

 19%

11% 

   1%

12%

1%

46%

 Colder

Warmer

Warmer 

Warmer

Colder

Warmer

*Heating degree day (HDD) data is for the Washington, D.C. area and is calculated by comparing the day’s average temperature to a 65-degree baseline. If the day’s average temperature is above 65, there are no heating degree days that day. If the day’s average temperature is less than 65 degrees, then subtract that average temperature from 65 to find the number of heating degree days.