A project of IEER, with the support of the Town Creek Foundation, that aims to create a roadmap for an energy sector in Maryland with the following attributes:
- Essentially emissions-free: more than 90 percent reduction in CO2 emissions relative to 2006 by the year 2050;
- Reasonable cost: the fraction of income spent on energy by consumers does not exceed current levels (we use 2011 as our baseline year);
- Just and equitable: all Marylanders, including those with low incomes, have affordable energy bills that do not force painful choices between heating and electricity, shelter, food, and medicine;
- Robust and resilient: resistant to failure, with maintenance of essential services during outages and quick recovery from breakdowns;
- Democratized: a transparent electricity sector that provides more choices to people of all income levels, including equitable access to distributed generation – especially solar energy – as well as participation in other aspects of the electricity system including demand response.
An analysis of a transition from conventional row crops to regenerative organic production
( October 2021)
To learn more click on the report by Leilani Zimmer-Durand and Gary Zimmer of Zimmer Ag, LLC.
Exploring Farming and Solar Synergies: An Analysis Using Maryland Data
To learn more click on the Agrivoltaics Report , the slides Exploring Farming and solar synergies webinar 2021-02-25 and the webinar
Presentation regarding community solar on the Montgomery County, Maryland Agricultural
Arjun Makhijani slides for ZTA hearing 2021-01-14
Gold on the Roof Economics of New Detached Net-zero-Energy Homes
Achieving Montgomery County Ambitious Climate Goals: Sketch of a Vision
PowerPoint presentation by Arjun Makhijani
An energy and transportation plan recommended by IEER to the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis
Click on the link below to read:
IEER responses to the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis submitted by Arjun Makhijani, November 2019
An urgent energy and climate plan for Maryland
This urgent energy and climate plan is based on the IPCC 2018 report’s
Download here the Slide Deck and the Key Points
Maryland’s Dysfunctional Residential Energy Market report
Maryland’s Dysfunctional Residential Energy Supply Market explores how Maryland households have paid $255 million more than standard utility rates to third-party suppliers in the period 2014-2017. Low-income households appear to be affected disproportionately. A significant portion of energy assistance dollars wind up in the third party supply coffers instead of lowering bills for low income households. This report by Laurel Peltier and Arjun Makhijani was funded by the Abell Foundation.
Download here the Report and the Executive Summary
Comments and recommendations on the PSC Electric Universal Service Program
Arjun Makhijani, IEER’s president and Laurel Peltier (journalist and Maryland citizen) comments to the Maryland Public Service Commission on the Office of Home Energy programs FY 2019 budget regarding inadequate information and inadequate protection of low income consumers from high charges by third party suppliers. Read their comments and recommendations. The entire record of the PSC’s hearing on August 14, 2018 on this topic can be found here on the PSC website.
Offshore wind energy boat is sailing: Maryland is about to miss it
This Op-ed by Arjun Makhijani published in the Frederick News-Post shows that offshore wind energy is now competitive with grid electricity. Massachusetts just announced that it will build a large scale offshore wind farm. Maryland should do the same.
Maryland Must Act Fast on Offshore Wind or Risk Being Left Behind in the Dust
(May 31, 2018)
In this Op-ed, published in Maryland Matters, Arjun Makhijani explains why it is important for Maryland to develop offshore wind in a big way. Visit the Maryland Must Act Fast resource page to read the article
100% Renewable Electricity Supply for Maryland by 2035: Technical, Economic, and Fiscal Feasibility
Prosperous, Renewable Maryland: Roadmap for a Healthy, Economical, and Equitable Energy Future
Visit the Prosperous, Renewable Maryland resource page to learn more, download the full report, and order the paperback book copy of the report.
Maryland’s Grid Transformation: Four points, Presentation to the Maryland Public Service Commission
Beyond a Band-Aid: A Discussion Paper on Protecting Workers and Communities in the Great Energy Transition
Visit the Beyond a Band-Aid resource page to learn more and to download the full report.
Energy Justice in Maryland’s Residential and Renewable Energy Sectors
Net Metering and Distributed Energy Resources: Maryland’s Future (Slides)
Maryland’s Electric Affordability Program: IEER Comments on PSC Public Conference 47
Energy Efficient and Pollution-Free Space Heating and Cooling in Maryland