November 1, 2019
After years of negotiation, plume-mapping, and political hand-wringing, finally the Conowingo Dam issue burst this week.
A $200 million settlement between Exelon and the State seemingly opens the door for relicensing and next steps for the large hydroelectric facility on the Susquehanna – a key piece of our Bay cleanup goals.
Conduit Street Coverage: Conowingo Conundrum | Conowingo Settlement
#MACoCon Exhibits Selling Out!
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“Building for the Future”
December 4-6, 2019
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel, Cambridge, MD


Conduit Street Podcast Corner:
On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally, Natasha Mehu, and Les Knapp discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis, including longtime Senate President Mike Miller's decision to step down after presiding over the chamber for over thirty years; inmate Medicaid exclusion and healthcare in jails; a new state task force to examine the effects of vaping; the latest on renewable energy policy and climate change issues; and an update on opioid litigation.
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Counties In Action - Halloween Wrap-Up
Charles County Hosts Trick-or-Treat Event at County Offices
Harford Shares Halloween Safety Tips
Worcester Promotes a Safe and Happy Halloween

Corporate Partner Corner

MACo's Bronze Corporate Partner Pepco & Delmarva Power want to save customers from vampire energy sucking away potential energy savings.

As ghouls and goblins haunt the night this Halloween, the scariest monster of all lurking about might just be vampire energy. Known in the darkness as standby energy, vampire energy drains energy from your outlets when devices are not in use but still plugged in, increasing your energy usage and sinking its fangs into your pockets.
Look around your home and you are sure to see a number of scary and spooky examples of vampire energy at play. Examples of where vampire energy lurks includes:
  • Electronics and office equipment
  • Mobile phone chargers
  • Computers and printers
  • Small kitchen appliances
  • Game consoles

When left unattended, vampire energy can account for more than 15 percent of the total energy used by these devices (insert scream of terror).

Taking just a few easy steps can help keep your energy usage down and keep money in your wallet:
  • Use a power strip with an on/off switch to completely power down electronics around your home.
  • Unplug your mobile phone charger, laptop, or other electronic devices once they are fully charged.
  • Turn off all the lights when you leave a room.
  • Unplug coffee makers, toaster ovens, and other kitchen appliances when they are not in use.
  • When preparing for out-of-town travel, always unplug all non-essential devices like televisions and other electronics.
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR® label on home appliances, electronics, and other products. ENERGY STAR® products meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

For more information on Energy Savings, visit Pepco's Website.

Thanks to Pepco and Delmarva Power for co-sponsoring the Inaugural Banquet Reception at MACo's Winter Conference !

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