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Maryland Energy

Energy Basics
Conventional Energy
Renewable Energy
Small Hydropower
Carbon and Climate
Energy Policy
Energy Decisions

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Home Energy  
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Farm Energy
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Ag Solar Energy
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Tools and Resources
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 Edwin Remsberg
Maryland Bay Bridge, photo credit: Edwin Remsberg

Making informed decisions about energy requires understanding where energy comes from (energy source) and how it is used (energy demand).

  • Energy Basics provides an overview of energy production and use in Maryland. Want to know the difference between a kilowatt and a kilowatt-hour? Not sure how to choose your own electricity provider? Find answers to these questions and more.
  • Conventional Energy provides background information on conventional energy sources used in Maryland.
  • Renewable Energy provides background information on renewable energy sources used in Maryland.
  • Small Hydropower explores opportunities for small-scale hydroelectricity or micro-hydroelectricity (micro-hydro) to help homeowners and agricultural operators reduce their purchased electricity use.
  • (Coming Soon) Solar Electric explore the use of solar electric systems which are based on photovoltaic (PV) technology that converts sunlight energy into electric energy. This information can help you decide if a solar electric system will work for you and help you discuss the topic knowledgeably with an installer. 
  • (Coming SoonSmall Wind explores the applications and benefits of small wind installation for homes, small business and agricultural applications. The information is designed to help you understand both the benefits and limitations of small wind before you invest in a system. 
  • (Coming Soon) Geothermal explores the use of geothermal heat pumps, or ground source heat pumps (GSHPs), to provide space heating and cooling for buildings, including residences, businesses, or barns. The use of geothermal heat pumps for heating domestic or agricultural, commercial, or industrial process water will also be explored.
  • (Coming Soon) Biomass Heat explores the applications, benefits and limitations of wood heating. This information can help you decide if installation of a wood heat system is right for you.
  • Carbon and Climate explores the impact of electricity generation and energy use on greenhouse gas emissions including carbon dioxide.
  • Energy Policy explores Maryland's clean energy goals which have been put into law through the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). This information will help you to understand the opportunities and impacts of the RPS, net-metering, and other programs within the state.
  • Energy Decisions explores the use of a decision-making tool for assessing energy-related opportunties and otpions for your home, farm or small business.



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