According to U.S. Census data, the use of wood heat in Maryland grew by 33 percent from 2000 to 2010.
Proposed EPA restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions have put the future of America’s coal-fired power plants in question. But the technology needed to reach those limits is available, with a few limitations and substantial costs, and Maryland is serving as a testing ground for its use and development.
Greenhouse gas emissions from Maryland’s power plants fell by more than 26 percent from 2010 to 2012, the sixth-largest drop during that time in the nation, according to data from the Environmental Protection Agency released last month.
As Maryland prepares to implement new regulations on phosphorus, those in the chicken litter business are worried their industry could fall apart.
Carbon limits on new power plants could hurt Western Maryland’s coal mining industry.