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by Alana Wase
Transmission lines are not the sexy attention-grabbers like global warming, renewable energy, or energy efficiency. Nonetheless, the issue of transmission linesto build or not to buildis at the forefront of Maryland environmental issues these days
by Ron Henry
by Matthew Lindberg-Work
Residents of Frederick County have cause for alarm. A proposed new project, PATH (Potomac Appalachian Transmission Highline), would dominate many acres of land along a swath running through the southern part of the county.
However, all of us, not just Frederick County residents, have a reason to be concerned about the larger impacts of the proposed PATH project.
by Kristin Ricigliano
The Mid-Atlantic Power Pathway (MAPP) is a proposed 150-mile, high-voltage transmission line that would start at Dominion Virginia Powers coal-powered Possum Point substation in Virginia, traverse the Potomac River into the Calvert Cliffs nuclear plant, cross the Chesapeake Bay, and, finally, go through Marylands Eastern Shore to Delaware affecting Charles, Prince Georges, Calvert, Dorchester, and Wicomico counties.
Most of the electricity used in Maryland is created from coal and sent through transmission lines. Coal is, of course, not renewable. Further, using coal to generate electricity creates emissions of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.
by John Howley
Blackouts! Brownouts! Collapse of the grid! The big coal utilities put on their scariest Halloween masks when telling us why we should pay for more high-voltage transmission projects like MAPP and PATH. They use in-house studies and industry-paid experts to show that the ever-growing peak demand for electricity means we have no choice.
Its really no surprise that the same companies who profit from building and operating interstate transmission lines would conclude that we need more of them. Maryland voters and public officials have good reason to be skeptical of their claims.
by Steven Bruckner
Proponents of MAPP and PATH, the two proposed power transmission lines in Maryland, often justify the need for the lines with scary what-if scenarios. What if its a hot summer day in July and a piece of the grid goes down? Blackouts. Well, while were considering what-if scenarios, what if we built wind farms offshore in the Atlantic Ocean instead of transmission lines that imported coal-fired power to reinforce the regions energy demand?