Property Management's energy management efforts focus on providing guidance and technical expertise to reduce energy costs through energy efficiency and energy conservation in County buildings. Baltimore County has both long term and short term goals to reduce utility usage and costs and minimize our impact on the environment.
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Policies
In 2016, Baltimore County Executive Kamenetz announced two clean energy policies, established by Executive Orders, including:
- A policy goal to reduce per-square-foot electricity consumption by 15 percent within five years in County government buildings, pumping stations and streetlights, using fiscal year 2015 as a baseline. Under this Energy Efficiency Policy (PDF), the County has developed an Energy Reduction Plan to reach this goal.
- A policy goal to utilize renewable energy sources to generate or displace at least 20 percent of the County’s electric demand by 2022. As part of this Renewable Energy Policy (PDF), the County developed a Renewable Energy Action Plan to reach this goal.
Maryland Smart Energy Community
The County was awarded a $390,000 grant from the Maryland Energy Administration to participate in the Maryland Smart Energy Communities (MSEC) program. The MESC program was launched in 2013 to encourage local governments to adopt smart energy policies and goals, leading to energy savings and renewable energy projects. Grant funding will fund projects (listed below) to help achieve the energy goals outlined above.
- $310,000 for energy efficiency upgrades in County-owned facilities, and
- $80,000 for a renewable energy feasibility study.
Green at Work Energy Challenge for County Employees
The “Green at Work” campaign encourages County employees to become energy conscious of their everyday tasks. A “Green @ Work Energy Challenge” was created where employees can pledge online to actions that lead to reductions in energy use. If you'd like more information about adopting the program, email email@example.com for resources.
The County strives to include efficient and environmentally friendly building techniques for new construction. Currently, County LEED certified buildings include the following:
- Liberty Center: LEED Certified for Commercial Interiors
- Randallstown Community Center (PDF): LEED Certified for New Construction
- Jacksonville Recreation and Senior Center (PDF): LEED Certified for New Construction
- Sollers Point Multipurpose Center: LEED Silver for New Construction
- Dundalk Community Center (PDF): LEED Silver for New Construction – Major Renovation
- Arbutus Library and Senior Center: LEED Silver for New Construction
- Baltimore County Public Library - Perry Hall Branch: LEED Silver for New Construction
- Arbutus Recreation Center: LEED Gold for New Construction
- Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture: LEED Gold for New Construction
Cooperative Energy Purchasing
The County is an active participant with the Baltimore Regional Cooperative Purchasing Committee (BRCPC) of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council. The most successful effort has been the purchase of electricity and natural gas. BRCPC has utilized the portfolio approach to manage risk and secure competitive market prices. BRCPC, through the guidance of an energy consultant, uses the State license and PJM (regional transmission organization) membership of a transactional contractor to make wholesale market purchases on the grid.
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant
In 2009, Baltimore County was awarded $7,403,600 from the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Funding was used to promote and implement energy efficiency and conservation projects and programs. Projects and programs included the following:
- Energy audits for local businesses and County government buildings
- Energy retrofits for County government buildings
- Relighting of parking garages
- Establishment of Green Teams for manufacturing companies to evaluate facilities and to develop sustainability and energy conservation practices
- Strategically planting trees to increase shade around County buildings and reduce energy costs