Sustainable Energy Program
Erica Bannerman, Energy Manager
Main: (301) 883-6450
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Office of Central Services - Clean Energy Grant COVID -19 Notice – Effective Today, 3/18/2020
To protect the health and well being of residents and contractors, the Office of Central Services, Sustainable Energy will not prequalify clean energy grant applications unless energy audits were performed prior to today 3/18/2020 until further notice. This applies to our solar PV grant as well. Please note our decision is in alignment with the utilities Home Performance with Energy Star (HPwES) programs notice below.
We will continue to process compliant invoices (e.g. meeting permit, inspections, grant requirements) for projects completed prior to 3/18/2020 but we ask for your patience as we expect delays due to State of Emergency COVID-19 response actions.
Please visit Prince George’s County website to learn more about the County’s COVID-19 response at https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/.
OCS Sustainable Energy can be reached at TNICleanE@co.pg.md.us and at the numbers below.
Erica Bannerman, Manager, Sustainable Energy – 240-412-4352
Franklin Bourdeau (primary contact for Clean Energy grant) -301-523-5641
Sharon Ossi (primary contact for Clean Energy grant ) - 240-316-1196
Sulaiman Almaroof (primary contact for commercial grant) 240-427-6851
Contractor Notification Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak:
Effective Immediately, the Pepco, BGE, and Delmarva Power HPwES Programs are taking the following measures to limit field activities and reduce person-to-person interaction.
No New Audits: Do not schedule any new audits until notified by program staff. Audits completed up through 3/17/20 will be paid. Please remember to submit completed audits within 30 days of audit date.
Rebate Reservations: Reservations submitted through 3/17/20 will be reviewed and approved to allow work that has already been started or completed to be submitted for rebates. Reservations submitted after 3/17 will be reviewed and placed into a Pending status. We will hold these applications for folks until the program re-opens and waive any deadlines due to the circumstances. There will be no change to incentive rates at this time ($18/electric and $3/gas).
Jobs: We strongly recommend rescheduling existing projects and test-outs until further notice. However, work on existing projects and approved reservations may be completed as necessary, as agreed upon between the customer and contractor. The program will continue to process test-outs for completed projects. You may continue to submit paperwork for completed projects.
Rebate payments: The rebate invoicing schedule will remain the same. As mentioned above the incentive rates at this time.
The health and well being of all employees and customers is the number one priority. The utility programs believe these steps are necessary given these unprecedented circumstances we find ourselves in.
Thank you for your understanding, and for taking all necessary precautions.
Questions or concerns, please reach out to Pepco’s HPwES account manager at 804-228-4715.
The Office of Central Services, Sustainable Energy objective is to provide reliable and environmentally sound energy solutions that enhance the quality of life of Prince George’s County residents’ while concomitantly maximizing energy savings. The program coordinates the County’s efforts to reduce the 3 Cs of Energy: CONSUMPTION, COST, and CARBON EMISSIONS.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
- Reduce County-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) or carbon emissions by 80% below 2008 levels by 2050;
- Meet 20% of County government buildings electricity demand with distributed, renewable energy generation by 2022;
- Help grant recipients achieve at least 10% energy savings for energy efficiency projects and 10% energy savings for solar projects;
- Help grant recipients reduce energy consumption by 20% or greater for office buildings and multifamily dwellings.
The County government has set forth actionable strategies in order to lead by example and help facilitate broad residents participation in becoming more energy conscious and efficient throughout the community. The following themes have emerged that inform selection of strategies and measures.
· Build on Existing Efforts
The County has already put in place a number of initiatives, programs, and policies that support efficiency and climate protection goals. The guiding laws, policies and plans seek to bring those existing County efforts together under one framework, suggest improvements or augmentations, and add new efforts where gaps exist.
· Alignment with County Goals and Priorities
The County has a responsibility to deliver high quality core services in a way that encourages economic development, creates jobs, and generally improves the quality of life for County residents.
· Engage the Community
The development of far reaching solutions necessary to achieve significant GHG reductions will require coordinated and broad participation of residents, businesses, municipal governments and the other institutions that make-up Prince George’s County. This calls for significant outreach and communication efforts and the establishment of public/private partnerships to help build resilient communities.
· Build Capacity in the Energy Sector
The program seeks to exemplify the nexus between energy, economic development, and job creation initiatives in the County. Staff work closely with the business community including diverse suppliers and county-based businesses to build an advance energy economy.
GUIDING POLICIES AND PLANS
Smart Energy Communities Policy & Action Plan
The Smart Energy Communities Policy and Petroleum Reduction and Renewable Energy Action Plan declare the County's intent to take a leadership role in reducing transportation petroleum consumption and increasing renewable energy generation by partnering with the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) and enrolling as a Smart Energy Community.
Sustainable Energy works closely with our regional partner, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments on various initiatives such as the development of the regional and county-wide GHG emissions inventory. Prince George's County surpassed the regional 2012 goal, demonstrating that GHG reductions are possible even as the population and economy grows. As of April 2018, despite experiencing an 8% growth in population, GHG emissions reduced from 11.3 MMTCO2e (million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent) in 2005 to 9.9 MMTCO2e in 2015, representing an overall decrease of 12% within Prince George's County. Click to read more of the latest GHG factsheet.
Plan Prince George's 2035 - Energy Infrastructure Chapter
Plan Prince George's 2035 builds on the County's General Plan to help guide future growth, development, and public investments in the County. It establishes policies and strategies to encourage investment in energy infrastructure, renewable energy, and the use of smart grid technologies and promote the efficient use of energy resources.
Clean Renewable Energy Technology in Public Buildings
This law requires the incorporation of clean renewable energy technology (e.g. solar PV or thermal, wind, and geothermal) in construction of new County government buildings or in major renovations of government buildings. This legislation makes Prince George's County the first jurisdiction in the State of Maryland to require clean energy systems in newly constructed government buildings and major renovations of government buildings. Transforming County Government - Learn more about energy management in government operations.