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Environmentalists balk at state offer of $9M in grants to expand natural gas infrastructure (11/22/2022, WYPR 88.1 FM)DownloadNovember 2022
Maryland’s gas companies are thwarting the will of the people (11/11/2022, Washington Post)DownloadMaryland’s gas companies are thwarting the will of the people (11/11/2022, Washington Post)
In Court, the Maryland Public Service Commission Quotes Climate Deniers and Claims There’s No Such Thing as ‘Clean’ Energy (11/1/2022, Inside Climate News) DownloadNovember 2022
PJM capacity proposal: fuel for the ongoing market ‘crisis,’ or a needed step to limit overprocurement? (10/24/2022, Utility Drive)DownloadOctober 2022
Gas utility spending undermining Maryland climate goals -- report (10/7/2022, The Energy Daily)DownloadOctober 2022
Delmarva Power's rate increase plans draw heat from state, feds (9/8/2022, Delmarva Now)DownloadSeptember 2022
FERC transmission NOPR sees new round of comments (8/23/2022, Power Markets Today)DownloadAugust 2022
Md. Office of People’s Counsel calling for stricter Public Service Commission oversight (8/1/22, 47ABC-TV)DownloadAugust 2022
A Controversial Ruling Puts Maryland’s Utility Companies In Charge Of Billions in Federal Funds (7/30/2022, Inside Climate News)DownloadJuly 2022
Video interview on MPT's "State Circle" with People's Counsel David S. Lapp and show host Jeff Salkin, on retail suppliers, at 11:00-minute 7/29/2022DownloadJuly 2022
Could gas leak fixes thwart climate goals? (7/25/2022, E&E News)DownloadJuly 2022
People's Counsel Seeks Regulations To Implement Ban On Retail Supplier Service To Energy Assistance Customers, Warns Of Gap In Prohibition Due To Statutory LanguageDownloadMay 2022
Climate Notes: A Leader for Anne Arundel/Annapolis Resilience Authority, Pressuring Utilities on LED Lights and More (5/11/2022, Maryland Matters)DownloadMay 2022
NRG payment plan to keep coal plant running panned (5/9/2022, Power Markets Today)DownloadMay 2022
Losing STRIDE? Benefits of Natural Gas Program Questioned as Gaze Turns to Electrification (4/29/2022, Maryland Matters)DownloadApril 2022
Ohio Bribery Scandal Hits Home in Md. — and Utility Customers May Be Footing the Bill (4/21/2022, Maryland Matters)DownloadApril 2022
Is it really "environmentally friendly"? Maryland state agency warns consumers about "greenwashing" (4/15/2022, WMAR-TV Baltimore, Channel 2 News)DownloadApril 2022
FirstEnergy utility gave to pro-Trump dark money group (3/28/2022, E&E News)DownloadMarch 2022
Letter to the Editor: BGE energy delivery costs are up, despite spokesperson’s claims (3/23/2022, Baltimore Sun)DownloadMarch 2022
Interview on CTV News with Assistant People's Counsel Niki Wiggins on Washington Gas Light customer-service issues, at 1:10DownloadMarch 2022
Washington Gas fined $1M over customer service blunders (3/18/2022, WTOP)DownloadMarch 2022
Washington Gas fined more than $1 million for customer service issues (3/18/2022, WUSA9)DownloadMarch 2022
Washington Gas penalized more than $1 million for widespread customer service problems (3/17/2022, WJLA-ABC7)DownloadMarch 2022
Want more solar panels? Good luck connecting to the grid (3/16/2022, E&E News)DownloadMarch 2022
Powerful Groups Take Aim at Aggressive Building Standards in Climate Legislation (2/28/2022, Maryland Matters)DownloadFebruary 2022
Matter for Mallory: BGE customers seeing a spike in heating bills (2/22/2022, WMAR-TV Baltimore, Channel 2 News)DownloadFebruary 2022
2022 Maryland Clean Energy Center Legislative Reception on "Climate & Energy, Policy & Regulation." See David Lapp's talk starting at 59:00 DownloadFebruary 2022
Commentary: People’s Counsel: Remember Texas! Md. Needs Robust Electric Distribution Planning (2/10/2022, Maryland Matters)DownloadFebruary 2022
Maryland OPC summarizes modernization talk at PSC (1/19/2022, Power Markets Today)DownloadJanuary 2022
Maryland regulators deny attempt to force release of FirstEnergy’s confidential HB6 internal investigation (1/14/2022, Cleveland.com)DownloadJanuary 2022
FERC orders PJM to change reserve market rules, delay capacity auctions (12/23/2021, Utility Dive)DownloadDecember 2021
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission finds proposed Delmarva Power price hike “Unlawful” (12/22/2021, 47ABC-TV)DownloadDecember 2021
Consumer Advocates Request Rehearing on PJM Rate-base Network Upgrades (12/21/2021, RTO Insider)DownloadDecember 2021
Maryland court sides with OPC, PSC against retailer (12/20/2021, Power Markets Today)DownloadDecember 2021
OPC's work highlighted in subscription-only article: PSC acted unlawfully with rate increase, OPC tells court (12/16/2021, The Daily Record)DownloadDecember 2021
OPC's work highlighted in subscription-only article: Several states defend competition in FERC ANOPR reply (11/30/2021, Power Markets Today)DownloadNovember 2021
OPC contributes to Maryland Commission on Climate Change annual report; strengthening amendment gets majority, but insufficient, votes 11/2/2021DownloadNovember 2021
Interview on CTV News with People's Counsel David S. Lapp on Washington Gas Light customer-service issues, at 4:02 (10/21/2021, CTV News) DownloadOctober 2021
OPC's work highlighted in subscription-only article: PJM market reset victors seeks court-ordered remand (10/12/2021, Power Markets Today)DownloadOctober 2021
BGE needs a smart grid, not natural gas infrastructure | READER COMMENTARY (10/5/2021, Baltimore Sun)DownloadOctober 2021
New Maryland Legislation Advances Consumer Interest in Clean Energy - October 2021DownloadOctober 2021
Gas infrastructure investments: too costly for consumers and environment | Commentary by People's Counsel (9/27/2021, Baltimore Sun)DownloadSeptember 2021
Washington Gas leaves customers on hold for hours, cites call center contractor (9/11/2021, Washington Post)DownloadSeptember 2021
As extreme weather risks rise, so do the costs of protecting Maryland's power grid from storms like Ida (9/10/2021, Baltimore Sun)DownloadSeptember 2021
Md. Consumer Advocate Spotlights Utilities’ Links to Fossil Fuel Companies and Insurrectionists (9/8/2021, Maryland Matters)DownloadSeptember 2021
Maryland Office of People’s Counsel Wants to Put an End to Utilities Charging Customers for Corporate Trade Group Dues (9/3/2021, Corporate Crime RepDownloadSeptember 2021
Retail energy supplier SunSeaEnergy fined for deceiving 1,200 Maryland customers (8/26/2021, Baltimore Sun)DownloadAugust 2021
Power in the Park: Neighborhood Event Connects Constituents to Energy Savings (8/16/2021, Maryland Matters)DownloadAugust 2021
Federal agency rules Pepco must release more info before raising rates (8/10/2021, Bethesda Beat)DownloadAugust 2021
BGE, Pepco face regulatory obstacle for proposed rate change (8/5/2021, Baltimore Business Journal)DownloadAugust 2021
Maryland commission to investigate Potomac Edison, FirstEnergy ties amid scandal (7/27/2021, Daily Record)DownloadJuly 2021
People's Counsel urging rehearing on Washington Gas rate case (7/27/2021, Daily Record)DownloadJuly 2021
OPC's work highlighted in subscription-only article: DC Circuit partially sides with advocates against FERC (7/12/2021, Power Markets Today)DownloadJuly 2021
Pepco to increase electricity rates over next three years (7/8/2021, Bethesda Magazine)DownloadJuly 2022
Pepco to increase electricity rates over next three years (7/8/2021, Bethesda Magazine)DownloadJuly 2021
Divided Maryland PSC grants Pepco $52.2M rate hike (7/1/2021, Daily Record)DownloadJuly 2021
Maryland Utility Customers To Receive $83 Million In Pandemic Relief (6/17/2021, DCist)DownloadJune 2021
Maryland to distribute $83 million in relief to utility customers (6/16/2021, Daily Record)DownloadJune 2021
Daily Record Coverage of Utilities, Disappointing, Commentary by People's Counsel (5/28/2021, Daily Record)DownloadMay 2021
NRG push for sweeping retail market changes in Northeast meets Texas-sized obstacles (5/26/21, Industry Drive)DownloadMay 2021
OPC's work highlighted in subscription-only article: Maryland advocacy office seeks FirstEnergy probe (5/17/21, Power Markets Today)DownloadMay 2021
Get Ready for the Big Legislative Fight of 2023 (3/5/21, Maryland Matters)DownloadMay 2021