A gas storage company may invoke eminent domain to acquire property in Prince George's County for underground gas storage purposes. The area acquired must lie not less than 800 feet below the surface of a maximum of 12,000 acres of land, and may be owned by a public body. A permit from the Department of the Environment, along with an order from the Public Service Commission, is required prior to the use of eminent domain. The Act contains further information on eminent domain, landowner, and property rights, and fees. The Act is contained in section 14-201 et seq.
In 2008 Prince George's County enacted legislation offering a property tax credit on residential structures equipped with solar and geothermal systems. As originally devised, the credit could only be taken for systems used to heat and cool a structure or provide hot water for a structure. However, in April 2009 the county enacted additional legislation (Council Bill 05-2009) extending the property tax credit to solar-electric (PV) systems, effective May 22, 2009.
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.
In May 2012 Maryland enacted legislation stating that any calculation of "impervious surface" required by state or local authorities as part of a permit or variance relating to zoning, construction, or stormwater may only include the foundation or base supporting the solar panel. The law generally applies statewide, including charter counties and Baltimore City. It does not however apply in a defined "critical area", including the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area and the Coastal Bays Critical Area.
PEPCO offers a variety of rebates to Maryland customers who purchase select energy efficient products. Rebates are available on light bulbs, refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers, dehumidifiers, room a/c units, water heaters, heat pump water heaters, HVAC equipment and equipment tune-ups. All appliances must be Energy Star and water heaters must have an Efficiency Factor of at least 0.93 to receive rebate. All HVAC equipment must meet program efficiency requirements in order to receive rebates.
The Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO) 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.
Pepco'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. Up to $20,000 in cash incentives are available to participating customers. Implemented measures may involve HVAC and energy management systems, including lighting controls. Buildings must be 100,000 square feet or larger to participate in the program.
Pepco provides a range of rebates for prescriptive measures in existing and new facilities. Rebates help offset the costs of improvements to HVAC, chiller systems, lighting, lighting controls, building energy management systems, commercial cooking equipment, variable frequency drives, and custom measures. Custom measures may be utilized for projects which significantly reduce energy consumption but do not fit the scope of prescribed equipment upgrades. See all program equipment and participation requirements before purchasing and installation equipment.