News Watch

Federal Regulators impose new limits on Telemarketing Robo-Calls - Thursday, February 16, 2012
http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-robo-calling-rules-20120215,0,3017021.story  Los Angeles Times 2/15/12  The Federal Communicantions Commission on 2/14/12 announced new rules to limit telemarketing phone calls from businesses using "robo-call" machines for telephone calls and text messaging


Heating Bills for BGE customers to decrease this winter - Thursday, February 09, 2012

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/breaking/bs-bz-bge-heating-costs-20120208,0,2024766.story  Baltimore Sun 2/8/2012  Based on the milder winter temperatures, and lower electric & natural gas costs, BGE customers could expect to pay $100 to $200 less this winter.

Office of People's Counsel still objects to Constellation merger - Tuesday, February 07, 2012

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/breaking/bs-bz-merger-opc-objection-20120206,0,145074,print.story Baltimore Sun 2/6/2012  The Office of People's Counsel maintains the companies have not demostrated the merger is in the public intrest.

Electric Supplier deals look good-until contract ends - Tuesday, February 07, 2012

http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-bz-hancock-electricity-shopping-20120206,0,6502034.column  Baltimore Sun 2/6/2012 Jay Hancock explains the issues and costs involded when supplier contracts end.

Utility Company no longer able to charge consumers during power outages - Thursday, February 02, 2012

http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2012/01/31/bge-utility-bills-will-no-longer-increase-during-power-outages/  Baltimore TV Station WJZ 1/31/2012  Utility Company no longer able to charge consumers during power outages 

Govenor O'Malley to unveil new approach to wind power - Monday, January 23, 2012

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-wind-power-20120123,0,2972148.story  Baltimore Sun 1/23/2012 The legislative bill is based on 'industry friendly' New Jersey model.

Govenor O'Malley To try again for Off-Shore Wind Farm - Monday, January 23, 2012

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/omalley-to-try-again-for-offshore-wind-development/2012/01/22/gIQAc18MJQ_story.html?hpid=z4  Washington Post 1/23/12  Govenor Martin O'Malley trys again to get a wind power bill through the Maryland Legislature

EDF withdraws opposition to Constellation, Exelon merger - Tuesday, January 17, 2012

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/breaking/bs-md-constellation-20120117,0,2804395.story  Baltimore Sun 1/17/12 Agreement clear major roadblock to merger.

PEPCO warns of billing scam - Friday, January 13, 2012

http://www.gazette.net/article/20120113/NEWS/701139561/1124/pepco-warning-customers-about-past-due-billing-scam&template=gazette  Gazette 1/13/2012  PEPCO is warning customers of a scam targeting customer behind in payment.  Customers are told to purchase a "Green Dot" Visa card to avoid termination.

Howard County officials push BGE on power reliability - Wednesday, January 11, 2012

http://www.baltimoresun.com/explore/howard/news/ph-ho-cf-bge-follow-0112-20120109,0,1591129.story Baltimore Sun 1/9/2012 Howard County Executive Ken Ulman has sent letters to BGE and the Public Service Commission to highlight the reliability issues in certain Howard County communities.

Electric Choice: Know your rights - Monday, January 09, 2012

http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-bz-constellation-marketing-20120108,0,4868333,print.story  Baltimore Sun 1/7/2012 Marketing and solicitation increase as more customers switch supplier

Delay sought for trash-burning power plant in Fairfield - Monday, January 09, 2012

http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/green/bs-gr-energy-answers-20120106,0,1813234.story  Baltimore Sun 1/8/2012 Disputed project faces a February 5,2012 construction deadline      

Offshore Wind Power - Monday, January 09, 2012

http://thedailyrecord.com/2012/01/05/omalley-to-try-once-again-for-offshore-wind-power/  The daily Record 1/5/2012  Maryland Govenor O'Malley will try again to win support from the Maryland General Assembly for the development of a wind energy farm off Maryland's coast.

Office of People's Counsel seeks assurances for BGE's low-income customers - Thursday, January 05, 2012

http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-bz-merger-low-income-20120102,0,2524934.story  Baltimore Sun  1/2/2012 --The Office of People's Counsel wants Exelon to fund assistance, weatherization, and efficiency programs.

Environmental Protection Agency issues limits on Mercury emissions - Thursday, December 22, 2011

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/21/e-p-a-announces-mercury-limits/?hp&gwh=E0466F2F86C79162112EE82C062549F0  New York Times 12/21/11 blog article-- Discusses a EPA rule setting new standards on limiting mercury and other toxic emmissions from coal and oil burning power plants.

Work in progress, O'Malley energy policy yields results - Tuesday, December 20, 2011

http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-bz-hancock-omalley-energy-20111219,0,6247992,print.column  Baltimore Sun 12/19/11  Jay Hancock give his view of the positive actions of Maryland Govenor O'Malley in Energy Policy.

MD Regulators extend deadline for decision on Constellation-Exelon merger - Tuesday, December 20, 2011

http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-bz-psc-extension-20111217,0,2382522,print.story   Baltimore Sun 12/17/11  Maryladn Public Service Commission agree to take additional time to examine the proposed settlement between Govenor O'Malley and the companies.  Decision expected Feb. 17, 2012

Merger holds promise for clean energy - Tuesday, December 20, 2011

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/readersrespond/bs-ed-merger-letter-20111219,0,2244380.story  Baltimore Sun  12/19/11  Opinion response to Baltimore Sun article reporting on the Exelon-Constellation merger

Exelon woos O'Malley; governor backs merger with Constellation - Tuesday, December 20, 2011

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/exelon-woos-omalley-governor-backs-merger-with-constellation/2011/12/15/gIQALkpuwO_print.html  Washington Post  12/15/11  Article outlines the deal worked out by the Govenor and Exelon exectives.

Govenor O'Malley: Benefits of Exelon-CEG merger go beyond rate credit - Friday, December 16, 2011

http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-bz-ceg-gov-folo-20111215,0,2387031,print.story Baltimore Sun 12/15/11  Maryland Govenor O'Malley claims the merger deal he worker out will have long term benefits past the $100 credit to ratepayers.

N.Y. state gives ok to Exelon-Constellation merger deal - Friday, December 16, 2011

http://thedailyrecord.com/wp-content/plugins/dmc_sociable_toolbar/wp-print.php?p=208543 Maryland Daily Record 11/16/11 N.Y Public Service Commission approved Exelon's purchase of the Nine Mile Point I and II & Rogert  E. Ginna nuclear power facilities (three facilities on Lake Ontario).

Exelon woo O'Malley; governor backs merger with constellation - Friday, December 16, 2011

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/exelon-woos-omalley-governor-backs-merger-with-constellation/2011/12/15/gIQALkpuwO_print.html  Washington Post 12/15/11  Exelon and Md Govenor O'Malley craft a deal to back the merger of Exelon and Constellation.

Constellation deal gains governor's approval - Friday, December 16, 2011

http://www.gazette.net/article/20111216/NEWS/712169632&template=gazette  Maryland Gazette  12/16/11  Maryland Govenor O'Malley announced his administration has reached an agreement to support the Exelon-Constellation merger.

Deal in Excelon/Constellation merger keeps $100 credit - Thursday, December 15, 2011

http://www.wbal.com/article/84396/3/template-story/Governor-Set-To-Announce-Deal-In-Energy-Merger WBAL Radio 12/15/11 Reports the agreement between Maryland Govenor and Exelon would retain the $100 credit to ratepayers.

Exelon settlement at a glance - Thursday, December 15, 2011

http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bal-exelon-concessions-glance-1215,0,7583018,print.story  Baltimore Sun 12/15/11  Short review of deal worked out between Maryland Govenor and Exelon

Exelon boss wants merger badly, and he's paying for it - Thursday, December 15, 2011

http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-bz-hancock-exelon-settlement-20111214,0,3962307,print.column  Baltimore Sun 12/14/11  Opinion article from Jay Handcock of the Baltimore Sun

Governor gets concessions in Exelon deal - Thursday, December 15, 2011

http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-bz-ceg-merger-gov-settle-20111214,0,6790639,print.story Baltimore Sun 12/14/11 Energy giant agrees to changes in Constellation merger

MD PSC staff say Constellation deal should be OK'd - Friday, December 09, 2011

http://thedailyrecord.com/2011/12/06/psc-staff-says-constellation-deal-should-be-ok%E2%80%99d/  The Daily Record 12/6/11  PSC staff support the Exelon/Constellation merger, if comsumer rate credits are doubled to $200

EPA: Fracking may cause groundwater pollution - Friday, December 09, 2011

http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/energy/environment/story/2011-12-08/epa-fracking-pollution/51745004/1 USA Today 12/8/11  EPA announced that groundwater pollution in the Pavillion, Wyoming area may have been caused by "fracking" process related to natural gas drilling.  EPA draft findings can now be reviewed by the public and scientists. 

Merger doesn't do enough to help Marylanders - Friday, December 09, 2011

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-omalley-constellation-20111208,0,6560666.story  Baltimore Sun 12/8/11 Governor O'Malley says PSC should reject Constellation-Exelon pact unless deal is sweetened

MD PSC reviews electric reliability standards - Friday, December 09, 2011

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/breaking/bs-bz-psc-reliability-20111208,0,3130994,print.story  Baltimore Sun 12/8/11 Regulators review proposed regulations that set reliability standards for electric distribution companies.

Critics of Constellation merger call for bigger consumer benefit - Friday, December 09, 2011

http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-bz-ceg-exelon-update-20111205,0,1237205.story   Baltimore Sun 12/5/11 While Exelon/Constellation offer new power plant and Baltimore headquarters, critics call for increased rate credit to consumers. 

Public to comment on Constellation's proposed merger - Tuesday, November 29, 2011

http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-bz-ceg-merger-public-hearing-20111129,0,5425774.story 11/29/11 Baltimore Sun  Public comments on the Constellation/Excelon will be heard by the Maryland Public Service Commission at three sessions.

Consumers can compare electric prices online - Monday, November 28, 2011

http://www.gazette.net/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20111121/NEWS/711219972/1034/maryland-consumers-can-compare-electricity-prices-online&&template=PrinterFriendlygaz  11/21/11 Maryland Gazette Consumers can now go to the Maryland Public Service Commission website for electric supplier pricings and contract information.

Maryland looks at 'Fraking' revenue - Monday, November 28, 2011

http://thedailyrecord.com/wp-content/plugins/dmc_sociable_toolbar/wp-print.php?p=207679  11/27/11 Daily Record--Maryland lawmakers begin debate on how much to tax natural gas produced from drilling using hydraulic fracturing.

Illinois AG wants hearing on Constellation merger - Monday, November 28, 2011

http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-bz-ferc-merger-illinois-20111123,0,2140902.story  11/23/11 Baltimore Sun Illinois Attorney General has requested Federal Regulators hold a hearing into the Constellation/Exelon merger.

Constellation coal plants face uncertain future - Monday, November 28, 2011

http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-bz-hancock-constellation-coal-20111126,0,2103034.column  11/26/11 Baltimore Sun  If the Constllation/Exelon merger goes through the coal plants currently owned by Constellation must be sold.

Font Hill residents upset with BGE - Monday, November 28, 2011

http://www.baltimoresun.com/explore/howard/ph-ho-cf-bge-font-hill-20111125,0,4384008.story 11/25/11 Baltimore Sun The residents of Font Hill, Ellicott City, Howard County; are fustrated with the frequent power outages.  BGE plans to work to resolve problems.

MD State energy regulators to consider reliability standards - Monday, November 28, 2011

http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-bz-utility-reliability-20111126,0,6022668,print.story  11/26/11  Baltimore Sun Maryland Public Regulators are reviewing proposals to reduce outage duration and frequency of outages

600 Jobs at stake with Exelon and Constellation merger - Thursday, November 03, 2011

http://www.wbal.com/absolutenm/templates/?a=82538&z=3  WBAL 11/2/11 During the third day of testimony before the MD Public Service Commission (merger of Exelon and Constellation), Exelon President and COO Christopher Crane noted about 600 job positions have been noted as redundant across the two companies.

Exelon exective states corporate jobs would be eliminated - Thursday, November 03, 2011

http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-bz-ceg-merger-hearing-three-20111102,0,300269,print.story   Baltimore Sun 11/2/11 Exelon exective: 600 positions identified for cuts under merger

Constellation and Exelon chiefs testify before the PSC - Thursday, November 03, 2011

http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-bz-ceg-merger-hearings-20111031,0,4845245,print.story  Baltimore Sun  10/31/11  Constellation and Exelon leaders begin first day of testimony before the MD Public Service Commission into the proposed merger.