The Falling Cost of Clean Power Plan Compliance

Download the document. In 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Clean Power Plan, a Clean Air Act rule designed to address the threat of climate change by cutting carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants. As part of that rulemaking, the agency prepared an estimate of compliance costs, which it found …

Creative Distillers Tackle Food Waste, Redefining ‘Getting Trashed’

Read the full story from NPR. Sam Chereskin and Whit Rigali want to redefine what it means to get trashed. The pair discovered that the sugars in almost-stale bread, bagels and cakes destined for the landfill could be distilled into premium vodka, turning imbibing into an act of social responsibility. The pair launched Misadventure Vodka this past …

Making Maryland Homes More Affordable with Energy Efficiency

Download the document. Since 2012, Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has administered the state’s limited-income energy efficiency programs. The programs have been effective in delivering substantial energy savings for each participating household, but overall participation has been low. This report documents the development, successes, and challenges of DHCD’s programs. Our findings rely …