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Power Plant Research and Siting Program (Maryland)

Investor-Owned Utility
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Program Info
Program Type 
Siting and Permitting
Maryland Department of Natural Resources

The Power Plant Research and Siting Act of 1971 established the Power Plant Research Program (PPRP) to evaluate electric generation issues in the state and recommend responsible, long-term solutions. The program manages a consolidated review of all issues related to power generation in Maryland: it reviews applications, evaluates impacts, and recommends conditions for proposed power plants, transmission lines, and modifications; assesses the impacts of electric power production on the State's environmental resources; and evaluates long-range plans to meet electricity demand. Electric power generators must obtain a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) from the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) to build or modify power plants and transmission lines in the State, and PPRP assists with multiple steps of the review process.