The Military and Compatibility Layers of the Maryland Smart DG+ Tool
The Military and Compatibility Layers of the Smart DG+ Tool provide military and other federal, state, and local stakeholders with information to help develop renewable energy projects within the State of Maryland.
The Military and Compatibility Layers of the Smart DG+ Tool are designed to provide information to assist with the early coordination for siting renewable energy development projects between energy developers; local, regional, state, and federal stakeholders; and military installations within the state. Early coordination can benefit renewable energy projects by identifying potential issues and mitigation opportunities across all stakeholder groups that can improve efficiency in project approvals, ultimately saving time and cost.
The Military and Compatibility Layers of the Smart DG+ Tool provide information to help inform the project planning process and combine an array of geographic map layers along with other pertinent data and corresponding contact information:
The Military and Compatibility Layers contained in the Maryland Smart DG+ tool provide preliminary information and coordination points of contact only. Military areas depicted are for informational purposes only, and do NOT constitute automatic exclusion areas for renewable energy development projects. Use of the tool does not replace other coordination, planning, and review requirements at the local, state, and federal levels, and is not intended for project specific analysis. Use of the military and compatibility data in SmartDG+ does not constitute an informal or formal review by the Department of Defense (DoD) per Title 32 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 211, Mission Compatibility Evaluation Process or review through the Maryland Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) process per Sections 7-207 and 7-208 of the Maryland Code.
Turn layers on or off in the Data Layer window to view what is relevant to you.
Activate a table of contents for military and compatibility layers after confirming your understanding of the limitations on the disclaimer splash screen.
Create custom Areas of Interest by drawing a shape or uploading a file to get an output display of features that intersect those areas and associated contact information.
Create and save Coordination Reports in Adobe PDF, Microsoft Excel workbook, or HTML formats. The Coordination Report is a summary of relevant information to facilitate early communication with potential stakeholders when considering energy development within a user-defined area. The Coordination Report displays a map view of the area along with individual features that intersect the defined area including all points of contact associated with each feature.
The Military and Compatibility Layers of the Smart DG+ Tool were funded by the Department of Defense (DOD) Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation (OLDCC) under the management of the Maryland Department of Commerce, Office of Military & Federal Affairs, with the assistance of the Department of Natural Resources, Power Plant Research Program. Representatives from local governments, state departments, the renewable energy industry, and military installations in Maryland participated in the development of the Military and Compatibility Layers of the Maryland Smart DG+ Tool.
The Maryland Military Assets and Considerations for Renewable Energy Development report, also known as the Maryland Military Compatibility report, describes the military installations and military operational areas throughout the state including Military Training Routes, Special Use Airspace, other types of military airspace, and military radars. The report discusses renewable energy development and transmission lines in Maryland and their potential impacts on military missions. The report concludes with a section on the importance of coordination and opportunities for early mitigation. Additional appendices include best practice recommendations to enhance existing state renewable energy siting processes, case study examples of how the Maryland Military and Compatibility Layers of the SmartDG+ Tool can be integrated into local government planning processes, and model ordinance language for local government renewable energy siting.