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Direct Pay in the IRA: Lowering Energy Costs with Clean Energy for Tax Exempt Entities & Governments

On July 11, we were joined by Congressman Hoyer, the US Treasury Department, and others to learn how the direct pay provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act are lowering energy costs and delivering clean electricity for governments and non-profits.

Here’s a recording of the webinar if you missed it:

This week Department of Energy (DOE) issued a funding notice to develop elective pay blueprints for communities. More info can be found here and here. DOE is hosting office hours and a Q&A session on July 25, 2024 from 3:00-4:00 PM ET. Folks can register here: July 25, 2024 Office of Policy Office Hours (wufoo.com)

Here are the slides that were shared during the presentation as well.

2024-07-16T15:24:16-04:00July 16th, 2024|Categories: Blog, MDLCV|

Virtual Webinar: Democracy and Election Protection on 2/16 at Noon

Friday Digest

Virtual Friday Digest
Topic: Democracy and Election Protection
Friday, February 16, 2024 12:00 PM –  12:30 PM ET

As the election draws closer, there is increasing conversation about election security and the importance of every vote. Maryland is one of the smallest states in the country, however, this year’s election will have national significance. How do Maryland elections work, how do they affect environmental and conservation policies, and how do we fit in the national story?

During this webinar, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from Maryland LCV Education Fund on:

  • Understanding the importance of voter protection laws and the connection to environmental and conservation priorities
  • Learn about the status of current legislation and what comes next
  • Hear insights from our guest speakers involved in this issue, discussing the impacts for our communities, the legislative process, challenges, and the path forward.
  • Discover what the next steps are for democracy protection and how you can get involved.

Zoom details will be provided following your registration.

REGISTER HERE!

 

2024-02-14T12:36:18-05:00February 14th, 2024|Categories: Blog, MDLCV|

Employment Opportunity: Development Manager (Hybrid)

Maryland LCV Team Members

Development Manager (Hybrid)

The Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Maryland LCV) and the Maryland LCV Education Fund, two environmental state-wide, nonpartisan, nonprofit  organizations, are seeking a fundraiser to join our team as the Development Manager.

The Development Manager will be primarily responsible for managing and growing the new donor and mid-level giving program which is focused on raising funds from individual donors giving up to $5,000 annually and securing corporate sponsorships and donations of the same amount. The position will design and manage a giving program for current donors and prospects via a multi-faceted approach to donor relationship-building that includes emails, phone calls, meetings, events, and direct mail.

Full description

2024-02-14T12:37:27-05:00February 14th, 2024|Categories: Blog, MDLCV|

Supporting Environmental Justice: Federal Initiatives and Opportunities for Maryland

By Rianne Nickerson

In July, Vice President Kamala Harris visited Coppin State University in Baltimore to announce a $20 billion competition to advance a clean energy financing network, with the aim to substantially reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions nationwide. She spoke of underserved communities, a term that holds weight in Maryland having been defined and enshrined into law in the Climate Solutions Now Act. At the federal level, the Biden-Harris administration has taken action to prioritize environmental justice and create opportunities, directing funding and resources to those communities long burdened by environmental inequities. New policies are being adopted and grant programs are emerging to address injustice and put us on a path to a clean energy transition that is inclusive and equitable.

Under the Justice40 Initiative and the Inflation Reduction Act, the Federal Government and federal agencies have created several grant opportunities that local governments, organizations, communities, and tribes can take advantage of to create Environmental Justice programs or initiatives that help overburdened, underserved, and disadvantaged communities. The Environmental Protection Agency has created the Climate and Environmental Justice Block Grants to provide $3 billion in competitive, 3-year grants to states, tribes, municipalities, and community-based nonprofit organizations for financial and technical assistance to address clean air and climate pollution in disadvantaged communities.

The EPA has also created the Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Grantmaking Program. This program is a competition to select Grantmakers to reduce the barriers to the federal grant application process that communities face and to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the awards process for environmental justice grants. Alongside the Grantmaking Program, the EPA has created the Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers Program. This program establishes technical assistance centers providing technical assistance, training, and related support to communities with environmental justice concerns. These technical assistance centers will ensure that deserving projects receive funding and project outcomes are successful for local communities.

These initiatives by federal entities are an important step in the fight for environmental justice. By understanding what options are available, Maryland’s local governments and community organizations can use these programs to directly address climate and pollution challenges, benefiting communities across the state. To that end, Maryland LCV Education Fund met with state and local government officials in August alongside the Maryland Association of Counties annual conference to share this packet of information about these environmental justice grant opportunities and how they fit into the efforts to map and understand environmental justice needs in Maryland: check it out here.

2024-02-14T11:34:27-05:00October 20th, 2023|Categories: Blog, Education Fund, MDLCV|

Community Solar Webinar: Recording Available

Discover how Community Solar can open the door for everyone to reap the benefits of solar energy, even those who can’t install panels on their rooftops!

This webinar covered:

  1. What Community Solar is and how it works
  2. Various types of Community Solar projects
  3. Benefits you can expect as a consumer
  4. The sign-up process
  5. The future landscape of Community Solar

Community Solar is like a shared garden, where instead of sowing seeds and harvesting crops, you receive a portion of electricity from a local solar farm. This opportunity allows you to power your home with renewable energy and cut your electricity bill by 5-30%. And the best part? There are no solar panels required on your property, no costs for joining or canceling, and your utility company remains the same.

This is an excellent opportunity for the 75% of Maryland households that can’t accommodate rooftop solar due to a variety of constraints. Watch the webinar to learn how you can get involved in community solar programs right here in Maryland. Together, we can harness the power of the sun for a brighter, cleaner, and more sustainable future!

For more information and to see Community Solar providers near you, go to www.marylandconservation.org/community-solar

2023-09-07T11:34:29-04:00August 9th, 2023|Categories: Blog, Education Fund, MDLCV|

Sen. Cardin Makes the Case for Climate Urgency

Sen. Cardin Makes the Case for Climate Urgency

By Marisa Olszewski,

On Tuesday, April 19, Maryland League of Conservation Voters (MD LCV), in partnership with the Sarah T. Hughes Center for Politics at Goucher College hosted a public conversation with Senator Ben Cardin on climate and the environment. The event was open to the public and featured three Goucher students majoring in political science who facilitated the conversation with questions for Senator Cardin about climate change, the Chesapeake Bay and how he is approaching these issues from his position in the US Senate. 

During the program, Senator Cardin detailed the climate positive policies and funding that were included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed in the fall. He also spoke of the urgency for further federal action on climate, stating “the stakes could not be higher and we need your engagement.” Senator Cardin highlighted how climate change is particularly affecting communities in Maryland – through flooding and sea level rise, and the disparate health impacts our overburdened communities face. With a final question from MD LCV Director, Kim Coble, Senator Cardin ended on a hopeful note, remarking how far we have come on restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and how that reminds him that while collective action to restore our environment is difficult and takes time, it is achievable. “Don’t give up. We can’t afford to.”

The program was live streamed and is still available for viewing. To watch the program in its entirety, visit the Maryland LCV YouTube Channel or find it in our past live videos on Facebook

Would you like to receive emails and stay up to date on events like this one? Sign up for updates from MD LCV here: https://www.mdlcv.org/join.

2023-01-03T14:54:45-05:00April 22nd, 2022|Categories: MDLCV|

Update from Federal Campaign Manager on Build Back Better

We’re Not Done Fighting for Climate Action

By Kai Mateo, Federal Campaign Manager

I’m going to level with you. This is a difficult moment.

By now, you’ve probably seen that West Virginia Senator Manchin has announced his opposition to the current version of the Build Back Better Act. With a 50-50 split in the Senate and members of one party refusing to even consider supporting this transformative piece of legislation, Senator Manchin’s reversal is a big deal. To be honest with you, when I heard this news on Sunday, I felt disappointment, frustration, and fear. 

But thinking about the work we and our allies have done, I also felt something else: determination. I thought about all the work you have done together to bring us to this point. I started working as Federal Climate Campaign Manager for Maryland in April. Since then, volunteers like you have consistently impressed and inspired me with your tenacity. We’ve told our stories in virtual and in-person events. We’ve written letters to the editors of our local papers. We’ve called, emailed, and delivered petitions to our legislators. We’ve created art, and we’ve knocked on 1000s of doors to bring more people into our movement.

And we’re not even close to being done fighting for the good green jobs that will sustain families, for the transition to clean energy that will address the root causes of climate change, and for the specific policies that will address environmental justice for Black, Brown, and low-income Americans. The Build Back Better Agenda will be the strongest action the United States has ever taken to combat the climate crisis.

This bill will put the U.S. on track to save people $500 a year on their energy bills, cut climate pollution in half by 2030, invest directly in communities of color too often left behind, and create good-paying union jobs. These policies are overwhelmingly popular. The vast majority of people are on our side.

I know this is not the end of the year many of us had hoped for, but the fight isn’t over. We’re getting ready for the next round. We’re not going to give up. 

Will you join us? Click here to tell your Senators and your Representative that you’re not giving up and you’re determined to see climate action now.

I hope you, your family, and your friends have safe and Happy Holidays! 

Kai 

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2023-01-03T14:54:47-05:00December 23rd, 2021|Categories: MDLCV|

Remembering Bernie Fowler

Remembering Bernie Fowler

Former State Senator Bernie Fowler accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award at Maryland LCV’s 2008 Kabler dinner.

Maryland LCV remembers Bernie Fowler, who passed away on December 12 this year.

Former State Senator Bernie Fowler poses with former Senator Barbara Mikulski at Maryland LCV’s 2008 Kabler Award dinner.

Bernie Fowler’s story and legacy is a reminder to how meaningful and impactful on person can be. We awarded former State Senator Fowler with a lifetime achievement award in 2008 for his tireless devotion and advocacy for Maryland’s treasured Chesapeake Bay and the Patuxent River. Bernie brought knowledge, passion and tenacity to his work to protect our air, land, water, and communities. He will be missed and we send our thoughts to his family.

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2023-01-03T14:54:48-05:00December 21st, 2021|Categories: MDLCV|

Environmental Groups Celebrate Maryland Public Service Commission’s Approval of New Offshore Wind Projects

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December 17, 2021

Environmental Groups Celebrate Maryland Public Service Commission’s Approval of New Offshore Wind Projects

This decision brings over 1600 MW of new offshore wind plus economic development while protecting marine life and reducing community pollution.

MARYLAND Earlier today, the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) approved more than 1,650 MW of proposed offshore wind projects filed by US Wind and Skipjack Offshore Energy. This decision locks US Wind and Skipjack into economic development commitments across Maryland for the offshore wind industry. 

“It is urgent that Maryland transitions away from fossil fuels toward clean energy,” said Susan Stevens Miller, a senior attorney on Earthjustice’s Right To Zero campaign. “The approval of both the US Wind and Skipjack projects is a critical step in meeting that demand. We must continue to grow Maryland’s wind energy industry to bring more jobs to local Maryland communities, clean our air, and tackle Maryland’s ambitious climate goals.”

In its Order, the PSC awarded Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credits to US Wind for a 808.5 MW project that will consist of approximately 55 turbines, with the closest turbine located no more than 15 miles off the coast from Ocean City; and to Skipjack’s 846 MW project that will consist of approximately 60 turbines, with the closest turbine located no more than 20 miles off the coast from Ocean City. The PSC is calling on the developers to create a minimum of 10,324 direct jobs during the development, construction and operating phases of the projects; commit to certain goals to engage small, local and minority businesses; pass 80% of any construction costs savings to ratepayers; and contribute $6 million each to the Maryland Offshore Wind Business Development Fund.

“Offshore wind offers the promise of abundant clean renewable energy, but it will require strong policy support to jumpstart. The approval of these new projects is a key milestone for Maryland, showing Maryland is in the game not just to participate, but to win the offshore wind race. This decision rockets Maryland into the vanguard of offshore wind development. We are excited that both projects are planning to invest in local manufacturing and supply chains, helping to grow the clean energy economy right here in Maryland,” said Josh Tulkin, Sierra Club Maryalnd Chapter Director.

With the passage of the Clean Energy Jobs Act in 2019, Maryland continued its commitment to being a leader in the burgeoning offshore wind industry by requiring at least an additional 1,200 MW of offshore wind development by no later than 2030. 

“This is a great first step for Maryland to reclaim its position as a national leader in clean energy solutions and offshore wind energy must be a prominent part of the equation. These projects have the potential to generate an enormous amount of electricity without contributing to climate change. And as these projects move forward, it is also crucial that Maryland’s overburdened and underserved communities have equal access to the opportunities created by offshore wind energy,” said Kim Coble, Executive Director, Maryland League of Conservation Voters.

Offshore wind is one of Maryland’s most abundant renewable energy resources available and is a keystone tool for the state to meet its climate action laws and move away from polluting fossil fuels. Maryland’s offshore wind energy laws help ensure that the growing offshore wind energy industry is rooted in ensuring local, high quality jobs, and investments in growing more minority- and women-owned businesses.

“This is a truly exciting result for folks on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. We have been fighting for more clean energy and jobs for years and can’t wait to see turbines in the water. We are so grateful for the Marylanders that spoke up and supported growing the clean energy economy,” said Cindy Dillon, Chair of the Sierra Club’s Lower Eastern Shore Group.

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2023-01-03T14:54:48-05:00December 17th, 2021|Categories: MDLCV|