Maryland Smart Energy Communities Program

August 31, 2016



Congratulations to 56 Maryland communities for achieving the Smart Energy Community designation!
Visit the MSEC website to see more information.

Project Summary

The Environmental Finance Center is excited to continue its partnership with the Maryland Energy Administration in coordinating the Maryland Smart Energy Communities program. Maryland Smart Energy Communities(MSEC) is a great opportunity for Maryland city, county, and local governments to take control of their energy future. By adopting a set of policies related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, and/or transportation, a community will be designated a Smart Energy Community and receive grant funding for energy projects.

FY 13 funding saw 34 communities participate with grant awards ranging from $35,000 (for smaller towns) to $500,000 (for large counties). This funding will annually yield 4.1 million kWh in electricity savings, 816,000 kWh in new distributed renewable energy generation, and 55,000 gallons of gasoline equivalent reduced. Through energy cost savings already being realized across Maryland local governments, MSEC FY 13 funding yielded a 4.2 year payback, leveraged approximately $500,000 in outside funding, and will reduce 2,418 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year. 

Find out more at the MSEC website.

Energy Technical Assistance

The Environmental Finance Center welcomes its role as technical assistance provider to MSEC communities. Working to advance legislative, technical, and financing elements, EFC’s responsibility is to get communities across the finish line of the program and ensure that impactful, cost-effective energy projects are completed. EFC responsibilities include:

  • Explaining the program requirements and benefits to prospective communities;
  • Coordinating webinars, office hour phone calls, and community site visits to answer questions and ensure communities are comfortable with the program;
  • Review community electricity and fuel records to assemble energy baselines, pinpoint areas in need of improvement, and identify potential energy projects;
  • Evaluate and recommend financing options for implementing energy efficiency measures, renewable energy technology, and other energy projects;
  • Building fundamental energy knowledge in communities that positions them as energy leaders for their residents and businesses and in the State of Maryland.

Community Highlights

Edmonston in Prince George’s County recently invested in energy-saving streetlight retrofits and is well on its way towards meeting energy efficiency and renewable energy goals.

Harford County is pursuing the energy efficiency and transportation goals as a participant in MSEC. The County has developed a plan to reduce transportation fuel consumption 20 percent and per-gross-square foot electricity consumption 15 percent by 2018.

Highland Beach is a small community in Anne Arundel County with 10 kW of clean solar PV installed on town buildings. As a result, Highland Beach is able to generate almost all of the electricity they need on site.

For more information, visit the Smart Energy Communities website


Maryland Energy Administration 

 Related Documents 

MD Smart Energy Communities Program Flyer


♦ A greener future ahead for Edmonston, Maryland Energy Administration Newsletter, July 2, 2015

♦ Hyattsville cost-saving effort sparks plan for electric cars, Gazette.Net, September 26, 2013

♦ Solar array project contracts approved in EmmitsburgThe Frederick News-Post, September 25, 2013

♦ Westminster joins smart energy programCarroll County Times, August 26, 2013

♦ Program Press Release, Maryland Energy Administration, February 6, 2013