Sen.Cardin visits Western Maryland energy facility

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Sen. Ben Cardin visited Cumberland Friday to explore the latest carbon-capture and battery storage technologies at the Warrior Run generating station.

“We are here to see first hand the new technology to recognize that here in Cumberland, they are providing leadership in technology that is creating jobs and giving us greater energy security and really giving us the energy of tomorrow,” Cardin said.

Cardin toured AES Corporation’s first battery storage system. Officials said the 10 MW facility is the largest grid-scale battery in the state.

“It one of the newest technologies that we are employing to enable the grid to operate more efficiently and also to handle more renewable energy on the electricity grid,” said Mark Miller, Director of Government Relations for AES corporation. 

Cardin said he is optimistic that the growing energy sector in Western Maryland will create more jobs.

“By looking at different ways, we know that tourism is going to be an issue here for jobs … we also believe that the energy sector and technology can create more good paying jobs in Western Maryland helping hits economic expansion,” said Cardin .

In terms of technology, Cardin also got an update on the Appalachian Regional commission’s One Maryland Broadband Network to help expand broadband technology in local schools. 

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