Smart Energy Solutions Updates

The unfolding events in Japan are a sobering reminder that nuclear power is inherently dangerous.

News agencies have reported radiation measurements from nearby the Fukushima nuclear reactor, as well as in other locations in Japan, such as Tokyo. The following is an attempt to explain those measurements and put them in context.

What Level of Radiation Exposure Is "Safe"?


Japanese officials and outside experts have repeatedly stated that levels of radiation found in areas surrounding the Fukushima nuclear power plant pose no “immediate risk to human health.” This has often been misinterpreted to mean that this level of exposure to radiation is “safe.”

Today (March 16), various foreign governments encouraged their nationals to consider relocation in response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

News Release | Safe Energy

BGE Behind on Energy Efficiency Goals

BGE will only meet 52% of its 2011 energy efficiency goal according to a new Maryland PIRG Foundation report, Utility Work Ahead: A First Look at Progress Toward Meeting EmPOWER Maryland Goals.

News Release | Safe Energy

PEPCO Behind on Efficiency Goals

Pepco will only meet 71% of its 2011 energy efficiency goal according to a new Maryland PIRG Foundation report, Utility Work Ahead.

Report | Safe Energy

Utility Work Ahead

This report provides the first-ever analysis of how well Maryland's utilities are meeting the energy savings goals of EmPOWER Maryland.

News Release | Safe Energy

Committee Diverts Energy-Efficiency Funding

Budget conference committee members of the Maryland General Assembly agreed to strip funding for energy-efficiency in the state’s budget through 2012.  Instead, the money is being allocated to the state's direct bill pay assistance program to help low-income homes pay their utility bills.

News Release | Safe Energy

New Report Shows Building Nuclear Plants Is a Bad Investment

Maryland PIRG report shows that dollar for dollar, a clean energy portfolio produces more energy than nuclear.

Report | Maryland PIRG Foundation | Safe Energy

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