Coming Soon! New Tools and Resources for Communities to Assess Compatible Use Issues and Renewable Energy Siting in Maryland

Resources and Tools 

by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner and Sarah Diehl, AICP, compatible use Community Planning Liason

In the July 2020 edition of Planning Practice Monthly, we announced the launch of the Phase 2 of the collaboration between the Maryland Departments of Commerce (Commerce) and Planning on the Maryland Military and Civilian Compatible Use Project.  

Phase 2 implements some of the top recommendations of the Statewide Joint Land Use Response Implementation Strategy (SJRIS), completed in 2019 as the main deliverable of the project’s Phase I. 

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Need help with Renewable Energy Siting? There’s a Tool to help

Resources and Tools

by Sylvia Mosser

SmartDG+ is shining a light on solar siting in Maryland, ushering in a new era on the wind [turbine]s of change by providing access to mapped data to help developers and local governments evaluate screening factors—like proximity to existing transmission lines—to select prime locations for their solar and wind projects.  The mapping tool is co-sponsored by DNR’s Power Plant Research Program (PPRP) and the Maryland Energy Administration.  Shawn Seaman with PPRP and Shannon Long  with Environmental Resources Management, which is contracted by the State to assist with the application, conducted a live demo of the tool at the recent Planning Director’s Roundtable on Friday, September 20.  Shawn explained to the rapt audience that SmartDG+ was developed because smart siting wasn’t working for solar and wind projects in Maryland.  Continue reading