Featured recent Events
Electrify HoCo & Maryland
Tuesday, Nov 29, 1:30 p.m. - Last meeting of current Montgomery Council Meeting. QUESTION - will the Council Chair put the MoCo Electrification of New Buildings bill (13-21) on the agenda, and if so will it pass? View session here.
Tuesday, Nov 29, 7-8 p.m. - Save Money in Solar Co-op Buy for HoCo Resident - Learn about the basics of residential power, the installation process, financial considerations, and HOW YOU CAN RECEIVE AN EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT off the market price of your solar system through the Solar Co-op Program! The Columbia Association has partnered with Civic Works Energy Programs to make it easy and affordable for residents to go solar. As a non-profit community resource, Civic Works Energy Programs serves as your advocate and guides you through each step of the process. Your Energy Advisor will offer personalized assistance, answer questions, and ensure that you receive quality service from a vetted and screened contractor. Sign up here.
Climate issues in the 2023 state legislature
Advocating for electrification at county and state levels, including progress in DC, MoCo & HoCo
Rewiring America’s work to connect consumers and heat-pump installers -
Tax rebates for electrification under the Inflation Reduction Act
Wednesday/Thursday, Nov 30, 2-7 p.m. /Dec 1, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - The White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC) hybrid public meeting. Register here for webinar anytime before or during the session. See here for meeting details and how to submit written comments.
Thursday, Dec 1, 11:30-noon - Reporting on Climate and the Midterms - EV Hub Live is excited to host a post-Midterms discussion on the impact of the election for U.S. climate action & electric mobility. Register here.
Friday, Dec 2, 1-2 p.m. - Greenwashing Hydrogen: Understanding the Climate Risks of Blue Hydrogen. Is hydrogen energy a solution for clean energy or greenwashing that threatens to prop up the fossil fuel industry? Who is funding this technology? Where do they plan to use it? And why now? Join the FracTracker Alliance as they break down the different types of hydrogen energy, what impact it has, and what it means for the future of clean energy. Register here.
Wednesday, Dec 7, 7:30 p.m. - Ask an EV Owner - 1st Wednesday of the every month at 7:30 p.m. The Electric Vehicle Association of Greater Washington DC (EVADC) hosts this monthly on-line event for those who have any EV questions. Details and zoom links
Thursday, Dec 8 , 7pm - Join “In Conversation with Chef. Galarza,” to learn more about sustainable cooking and answer all of your burning questions about induction cooking and kitchen electrification. Presented by Elders Climate Action. Register here. (see also youtube - the Future of the Electric Kitchen)
Thursday, Dec 8, 7 p.m. - Howard County Environmental Sustainability Board usual second Thursday meeting. . These meetings are open to the public. This one is at the George Howard building in Ellicott City and online. The agenda is now TBD but will be posted here along with info on how to attend.
Friday, Dec 9, 2-3:30 p.m. - State Leadership in Solar+Storage, Featuring Maryland and Oregon In this webinar, representatives from the Maryland Energy Administration and the Oregon Department of Energy will present their programs and answer questions from the audience. The Maryland Energy Administration's Resilient Maryland / Resiliency Hubs Grant Program are helping local organizations develop resilient energy system projects that bolster their operations, protect communities, enhance sustainability, and achieve energy affordability. The Oregon Department of Energy's Solar+Storage Rebate Program offers rebates to residential customers and low-income service providers that install solar or solar paired with battery storage systems. Register here.
Monday, Dec 12, 10 a.m. - The U.S. Department of Energy will brief the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) on Federal Funding for Climate. The public can watch on the PSC youtube page. To actively participate in the educational session, please contact Loretta Scofield at email@example.com by 12:00 noon on Thursday, Dec 8. The virtual educational session is to better understand federal funding opportunities for Maryland utilities and the Commission under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (e.g. Bipartisan Infrastructure Law) and the Inflation Reduction Act. This first educational session aims to provide background on the federal legislation, including funding sources, funding opportunities, implementation guidelines, application requirements, etc. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy and Venn Strategies will provide presentations on pertinent funding opportunities and share additional insight. Following the presentations, the session will allow any Commissioners in attendance to ask questions, followed by an opportunity for individual stakeholders and interested persons to engage in discussion without the Commissioners present. See flyer here.
Wednesday, Dec 14, 1 - 3:15 p.m. - White House Electrification Summit exploring how electrification can help the U.S. meet its climate and equity goals. Energy and environmental leaders from government, industry, academia, and stakeholder groups will showcase the unprecedented opportunities for inclusive electrification created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act and have robust conversations about an updated electrification innovation strategy. Electrification - replacing direct use of fossil fuels for transportation, heating, hot water, and cooking with more efficient electric options – coupled with clean electricity is one of five game-changing technologies prioritized by the Biden-Harris Administration to help us achieve net-zero by no later than 2050 while improving health, prosperity, and justice for all Americans. The pace of electrification hinges on institutional innovations as well as decisions made by individual households choosing their cars, heating and cooling equipment, and other appliances. The summit will focus on the innovation strategy – vehicles and appliances; grid and communication; and community and institutional – to make electric options the easy choice. Hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). More info and livestream info will be posted here soon.
Wednesday, Dec 14, 2–2:30 pm - What Do the Midterms Mean for Building Electrification? Atlas Public Policy is excited to host our fourth episode of "Buildings Hub Live ". We'll sit down with Julia Pyper, host of the "Political Climate" podcast series and Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and Justin Worland, Senior Climate Correspondent at TIME Magazine, to discuss the implications of the election outcome for building sector electrification. How might the results change or accelerate the push to decarbonize the US buildings stock on the federal, state and local level? What does the unexpected outcome mean for the future of decarbonization policy over the next two years? Register here.
Wednesday, Dec 14, 3 p.m. - Cold Climate Heat Pumps - Warm homes on the coldest days - Register here. High efficiency heat pumps - often called Cold Climate heat pumps are a key technology in helping individuals and communities move towards rapid electrification and decarbonization no matter where they are located. Because they use variable speed heat pumps, they are able to keep houses warm in cold climates where temperatures fall well below zero. Our panelists representing a manufacturer (Mitsubishi) and one of the coldest states in the US (Maine) will share the latest research and updates on cold climate heat pumps. They'll answer questions such as;
Saturday, Jan 7, 2023, 10-noon - Howard County League of Women Voters Legislative Breakfast. Unlike the past two years, this year it will be in person at All Saints Hall in St. John's Episcopal, 9120 Frederick Road · Ellicott City, MD. All Howard County legislators to the Maryland General Assembly are invited and most usually attend to discuss their priorities for 2023. A continental breakfast is served. There will be door prices and all are invited. Info on buying $10 tickets at the League website here. At the event, tickets for a 50/50 raffle will be sold.
Saturday/Sunday, Jan 7-8, 2023, 2-5 p.m. each day - Two Day Environmental Legislative Summit - Sponsored by the Maryland Legislative Coalition, and Shore Rivers. Day 1 will focus on climate-related legislation for the 2023 session as well as implementation efforts for the groundbreaking Climate Solutions Now Act that was passed last session and Maryland's Climate Plan. Day 2 will focus on environmental legislation. For list of speakers and more information see Facebook Event here.
Monday, Jan 9, 2023 8-9 a.m. - Howard County Sustainability Breakfast. Save the date for this annual event. This year planned to be, it was pre-pandemic, in person at Howard Community College. Legislation expected in the coming year will be discussed and elected officials from Howard County are invited as is the public. Registration will be available soon. Slides from 2022.