The Wetlands and Waterways Program requires permits for commercial activity or development proposed on or near a wetland or waterway. For the purpose of the permitting process, major projects are defined as projects that will permanently impact 5,000 square feet or more of wetlands or waterways, including the 100-year floodplain and are located in an area identified as potentially impacting a nontidal wetland of special State concern. Major and minor projects permits are subject to varying application fees and approval processes. Section 5-901 et seq.
Delmarva Power offers a variety of rebates to residential customers who purchase and install energy efficient products or measures. Rebates are available on refrigerators, room a/c units, water heaters, dehumidifiers, appliance recycling, HVAC equipment, and duct sealing. Appliances must be Energy Star qualified and water heaters must have an Efficiency Factor of at least 0.93. All HVAC equipment must meet program efficiency requirements to be eligible for rebates. Rebates are available to Delmarva Maryland customers on qualifying purchases at any retail store.
Delmarva Power and Light Company offers the Home Performance with Energy Star Program, which provides incentives for residential customers who have audits performed by participating contractors. This is a whole-house approach to meeting the MD executive goal to reduce electricity consumption by 15% per person by 2015. An energy audit of homes will determine the most effective and appropriate energy saving measures for customers.
The Delmarva Power Commercial and Industrial (C&I) Energy Savings Program is designed to promote and encourage the incorporation of energy efficient equipment, products, and services into non-residential construction, renovation, and replacement projects by offering cash incentives. All commercial, industrial, government, and public/private institutional electric customers of Delmarva Power ‘s Maryland service territories are eligible to participate in this program.
Delmarva's Enhanced Commissioning Program offers building design and commissioning incentives to commercial, industrial, governmental and institutional customers planning large new buildings. Assistance and resources are made available to customers to ensure efficient building construction and operation. Implemented measures may involve HVAC and energy management systems, including lighting controls and incentives are provided in stages. Buildings must be 100,000 square feet or larger to participate in the program.
The Dam Safety Division within the Department of the Environment is responsible for administering a dam safety program to regulate the construction, operation, and maintenance of dams to prevent dam failures and protect environmental resources. Permits are required for the construction and modification of structures, and dams are reviewed based on their assigned hazard rating.
This legislation designates the Chesapeake Bay, other Atlantic Coastal Bays, and their tributaries and adjacent lands as critical areas of state concern. It is state policy to protect these areas and to prevent the further degradation of water quality. Further development of non-water dependent structures and increase in lot coverage in these areas is presumed to be contrary to the policy of the state, and construction is therefore restricted in these areas.
The Contract Financing Program, administered by the Maryland Small Business Development Authority, provides financial assistance to eligible businesses in the form of a direct loan or the guaranty of loans made by a financial institution. The funds may be used for working capital, equipment purchase, and to complete work on contracts where a majority of the funds are provided by federal, state, local government, or a utility regulated by the Public Service Commission. Financing is limited to $1,000,000.
The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is offering grants for mid-sized photovoltaic (PV) systems and solar water heating systems (SWH) installed by businesses, non-profits, and local governments. For PV systems, incentives are set at $60 per kilowatt (kW) for systems of less than 100 kW of installed capacity, and $30/kW for systems with a capacity of between 100 kW and 200 kW.
This Act aims to preserve Maryland's coastal areas and to balance competing demands for resources by requiring environmental impact evaluations to be conducted prior to the approval of the construction or operation of certain facilities. Such review complements the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, which establishes a comprehensive plan for the proper use and development of energy resources in coastal areas.