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U.S. Nuclear Renaissance Is On Hold
October 31, 2010, 1:40 am
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U.S. Nuclear Renaissance Is On Hold

Critics of a U.S. Nuclear Renaissance can breathe a sigh of relief as plans to build a third nuclear reactor at Calvert Cliffs in Maryland appear to be crumbling.

From the Baltimore Sun (Excerpts):

The latest sign came last week that a revival might still be a long way off. Baltimore’s Constellation Energy Group — once widely viewed as a leader in developing new nuclear plants — abandoned that business and left its French partner to pursue a new reactor at Calvert Cliffs in Southern Maryland.

Just three years ago, the economic pieces needed to revive the U.S. nuclear industry seemed to be moving into place. Fuel prices were skyrocketing along with electricity demand. Congress appeared close to taxing carbon emissions. And new government incentives were expected to reduce the high cost of building reactors.

So far, the federal government has awarded only one loan guarantee, for a Southern Co. nuclear reactor in Burke, Ga. Many industry observers had expected Constellation to be next in line to secure a loan guarantee for a third nuclear unit at Calvert Cliffs.

But Constellation pulled out of negotiations this month with the Department of Energy over the loan guarantee, citing unreasonable and expensive terms that would have added $880 million to the cost of building Calvert Cliffs 3. Constellation, along with the Nuclear Energy Institute, contends that the formula used to calculate what companies must pay for the federal loan guarantee is flawed and needs to be fixed.

For the full article, CLICK HERE.

Baltidome does not support the expansion of nuclear energy and a third reactor at Calvert Cliffs in Maryland.  To learn more, CLICK HERE.



Grand Opening Of The Fitzgerald Was Indeed Grand

Grand Opening Of The Fitzgerald Was Indeed Grand

The grand opening of The Fitzgerald was apparently the place to be the evening of Thursday October 28th.  Upon arrival guests happened upon a sizable crowd of attendees listening to developers commending all involved with the project, followed by a theatrical dance routine on the apartment’s “bridge” and a swift unveiling of “The Fitzgerald Apartments” sign indicating that The Fitzgerald is open for business.

Guests were then encouraged to enter the building, treated to complimentary cocktails, a feast of food and permitted to check out the structure’s public spaces including a plush movie room, cyber cafe and terrace -both embellished with modern fireplaces, an interior common area, gym, and pool as well as model one and two bedroom apartments.

The project’s developers tout The Fitzgerald as on track to become the largest LEED certified apartment community in Baltimore (The Fitzgerald is currently undergoing certification).

To see interior images of The Fitzgerald and to learn more, CLICK HERE.



You’re Invited: Remington Greenroof Installation For Honey Bees

You’re Invited: Remington Greenroof Installation For Honey Bees

High Rise For Honey Bees
A Green Roof Installation

November 9th, 2010, 1 – 4pm
2233 Huntingdon Avenue
Baltimore , MD 21211 MAP IT

Green Roof Service LLC and Architecture and Design Inc. (ADI) are pleased to invite the community to the installation of the first rooftop garden designed specifically for honey bees. The installation will take place on Tuesday November 9th from 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the roof of the recently remodeled Ice Storage House owned by Resource Conservation Technology in Baltimore.

Demonstrations explaining green roof technology will be held throughout the installation, and staff will be on hand to answer any questions about the installation and beekeeping. Admittance is free and open to the public. One of the greatest threats to honey bees today is the lack of habitat due to urban sprawl. The garden will provide an ever-blooming habitat and water source for bees while reducing the building’s energy consumption. Green roofs slow and store contaminated storm-water runoff, reduce air-borne pollutants, and mitigate the urban heat island effect, thus benefiting the urban environment and the bay.

Green Roof Service LLC and ADI combine their extensive experience to bring sustainable design to the Baltimore area. Theirs is the first green roof with honey bees in Maryland and one of the first of its kind in the country. Join them as they create this mutually beneficial environment up on the roof.

To learn more, CLICK HERE.

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Post Update: This event has past, but you can see photos of the Honey Bee roof top garden HERE.



Local Food Dinner For A Good Cause: STEW #5
October 25, 2010, 10:08 pm
Filed under: Events, Local Food, Sustainable Living | Tags: ,

Baltimore’s Hottest Local Food Event = STEW #5 This Friday

STEW is a locally-sourced, maximally organic feast that will take place for the fifth time at the 2640 Space this Friday, October 29th at 7pm.

Tickets for the multi-course dinner are $10 and can be purchased at Red Emmas Bookstore Coffeehouse in downtown Baltimore at 800 St. Paul Street.  Proceeds from the event support local projects and organizations.

For more information about STEW, CLICK HERE.  To read an article about STEW at Sheepless.org, CLICK HERE.

If you miss this month’s feast, check out the STEW website for their next event.



New Forum For Johns Hopkins Bike Commuters

New Forum For Johns Hopkins Bike Commuters

For those who bike to Johns Hopkins Institutions, or are considering it, there is a new forum for you.  Organizers are working to create a good forum for organizing group rides, informing students about commuting by bike, sharing routes, and lobbying for changes to make biking easier.

To check out the discussion and to support biking in Baltimore, CLICK HERE.



Grand Opening Celebration The Fitgerald LEED Apartments

Grand Opening Celebration,
The Fitgerald LEED Apartments

You are invited!

Art Unveiled: Grand Opening Celebration of the Fitzgerald
Thursday, October 28, 2010, 7 – 10pm
1201 W. Mt. Royal Ave, between the MICA and the Lyric Opera House
MAP IT

Earlier this year the Bozzuto Group, the project’s developers, announced that the Fitzgerald “is on track to become the most sizeable LEED certified apartment community in the Baltimore area”.

Now you check it out for yourself!

There will be plenty of food, drink and entertainment. Enjoy complimentary cocktails as well as tastings from area restaurants and the works of local artists on display. Ample parking will be available in The Fitzgerald garage.

To RSVP and learn more, CLICK HERE.