Congratulations to 56 Maryland communities for achieving the Smart Energy Community designation!
Visit the MSEC website to see more information.
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:
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
♦ 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 Emmitsburg, The Frederick News-Post, September 25, 2013
♦ Westminster joins smart energy program, Carroll County Times, August 26, 2013
♦ Program Press Release, Maryland Energy Administration, February 6, 2013