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Michael Belko Joins Empower Energies as Executive Vice President, Operations

Renewable Energy Industry Veteran Joins Company Leadership Team with a Focus on Project Acceleration and Operational Excellence

Empower Energies, a leading clean energy project solutions company, announced that Michael Belko has joined the organization as Executive Vice President, Operations. Belko brings to Empower over 30 years of experience in the renewable energy industry with diverse operations and management experience in high-growth companies.

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Saving the Bees in Maryland

Maryland has been losing its bee population. In 2012, 60 percent of the state's bees died off. Many Beekeepers and scientists believe that can be attributed to neonicotinoids, which are pesticides common in both agriculture and home gardening. They've been around for about 20 years and are used to control a variety of pests. Maryland has been losing its bee population. In 2012, 60 percent of the state's bees died off. Many Beekeepers and scientists believe that can be attributed to neonicotinoids, which are pesticides common in both agriculture and home gardening. They've been around for about 20 years and are used to control a variety of pests.

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ACEEE State Scorecard: Massachusetts Edges Out California As Most Energy-Efficient State, Maryland Among Most Improved

Top 10 States Ranked in Energy Efficiency Scorecard: MA, CA, VT, RI, OR, CT, MD, WA, NY ... With MN and IL Tied for 10th; Five Most Improved States: MD, IL, DC, CA, and TX; and Five States in Most Need of Improvement: MS, LA, SD, WY, and ND.

Energy efficiency measures continue to flourish in states across the country, with several states -- including California, Maryland, Illinois, Texas and the nation's capital, Washington, D.C. -- taking major steps that improved their scores in the ninth annual edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The State Scorecard ranking of the states is issued annually with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy. This year, DOE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency Kathleen Hogan participated in the release of the ACEEE report.

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The University of Maryland Receives $50,000 Grant from Dominion Foundation

Award supports new research on high efficiency solar-powered cooling systems.

Dominion Foundation presented the University of Maryland (UMD) with a $50,000educational grant. The grant, part of Dominion's Higher Educational Partnership, was one of 40 awarded to colleges and post-secondary schools to fund projects in energy, environmental studies, engineering and workforce development.

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USDA Commits $4 Million to Improve Chesapeake Bay Water Quality

Federal-State Partnerships will Accelerate Stream and Riverside Tree Plantings

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that in a first round of funding, USDA will commit $4 million to several states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to help agricultural landowners with accelerating stream and riverbank tree plantings that can reduce soil sedimentation, field and animal waste runoff, improving water quality.

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