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BALTIMORE (AP) - The University System of Maryland Foundation says it will no longer directly invest in certain fossil fuel sources.

Leonard Raley, president and CEO of the foundation, which oversees the system's $1 billion endowment, tells The Baltimore Sun that they are concerned about climate change and taking actions to reflect that.

The foundation said Tuesday that it would sign on to a United Nations pledge to be more socially aware of its investments, and appoint a staff person to identify opportunities in renewable energy.

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Governor Larry Hogan is facing some sharp criticism from environmentalists over his latest appointment to the Public Service Commission and concern that he is backing way from the state's commitment to renewable energy. Maryland News Connection Reporter Veronica Carter prepared this report.

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Appalachian Power says it's adding more wind power to its energy portfolio.

The company said Thursday that it has reached a 20-year deal to purchase 120 megawatts of new wind generation from a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources LLC.

Appalachian Power says the energy will come from a wind farm in Indiana that will be owned and operated by NextEra.

The new agreement will bring Appalachian Power's total wind generation to 495 megawatts. The company says it expect the new power to be available to company by 2018.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware utility regulators are mulling a request from state lawmakers to require Delmarva Power to give customers more information about their electric bills.

At its meeting Tuesday, the Public Service Commission is scheduled to consider a proposal by lawmakers to require more transparency on electric bills regarding the costs of legislatively-mandated initiatives such as renewable energy portfolio standards, and the qualified fuel cell provider project aimed at helping Bloom Energy.

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The University of Maryland Eastern Shore will be getting two 2-megawatt wind turbines to meet the energy needs of the campus.
The project is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2014 and will contribute to Maryland’s goal of generating 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2022.  

G. Dale Wesson…vice president for research and economic development told the Salisbury Dealy Times that the university expects faculty and students to be fully engaged in the effort as a research project.

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The National Science Foundation has awarded a $20 million grant over five years to a statewide research consortium in Delaware to study the impact of sea level rise and climate change.

Project Director Don Sparks with the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research told WDEL they will especially affect tourism and agriculture.

The grant money will not only go toward the study of renewable energy solutions but also for economic development that could lead to 160 jobs in the state.

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Delaware Electric Cooperative turned on its brand new 4-megawatt solar power array on Trap Pond Road in Georgetown yesterday.

The 20-acre field of solar panels cost $14 million and is the first such site in Delaware that is owned and operated by a utility.

There are two other solar arrays in the state.

One is the 10-megawatt Dover SUNpark and the other is the 12-megawatt Milford Solar Farm.

The solar project is part of the effort in Delaware to produce 25 percent of the state’s power from renewable sources by 2025.

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Governor Martin O’Malley is calling on the state of Maryland to up its use of renewal energy sources.

The Governor said that with the severe weather increasing in its impact along with extended trends of poor air quality “the costs of inaction would grow exponentially.”

His plan calls for increasing the amount of energy from renewable sources to 25 percent by 2020.

That’s 7 percent higher than the previous goal.

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The largest solar farm in Delaware was dedicated yesterday with Governor Jack Markell calling the Milford Solar Farm the future of clean renewable energy projects.

Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation will buy the power from the farm under a 20 year agreement.

The wholesale electricity utility has been shifting away from fossil fuels toward renewables.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that all Delaware electric utilities will have to purchase 3.5 percent of their power from solar sources within 12 years.  

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In Annapolis the General Assembly has finally handed Governor Martin O’Malley a victory in his search to bring the wind industry to Maryland.

The House of Delegates approved a Senate version of the legislation on a final vote of 88-to-48.

It now goes to Governor Martin O’Malley for his signature.

Supporters say it will help diversify the state’s sources of clean and renewable energy.

The measure would require electricity suppliers to produce at least 2.5 percent of their power from offshore wind by 2017.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley plans to testify before a state Senate committee about a key part of his environmental agenda, an offshore wind energy bill that the panel has twice failed to pass.

The governor is scheduled to testify Wednesday before the Senate Finance Committee. The senate's president has moved a member of committee to another panel in order to get the votes needed to move the measure to the full Senate, where it has enough sponsors to pass this year.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state oversight panel charged with helping promote energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies in Delaware is working to get its energy conservation programs back up and running.

Members of the Sustainable Energy Utility oversight board voted Thursday to move forward with three programs, including an incentive program for new home buyers. The program offered rebates of $3,000 to $6,000 for homes upgraded for energy efficiency, water conservation and other features before it expired.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's renewable energy task force is recommending that the state's Sustainable Energy Utility be involved in an upcoming procurement process for solar renewable energy credits.

The task force voted Wednesday to recommend the SEU's involvement in the 2013-2014 procurement process, despite concerns about ongoing annual administrative costs of about $200,000 for the SEU and its contractor under a 2012 pilot program.