State Government Energy Housekeeping: The Maryland Experience
The State of Maryland spent over $209 million – or well over a half million dollars per day – for stationary facility energy consumption during FY2018. These facilities vary widely by type and use, including offices, service centers, fleet vehicle garages, and university campuses. Aside from a robust commodity purchasing program, the State actively seeks opportunities to reduce its energy intensity whenever practical. This paper is a survey of the policies and programs devised by the State to address its own energy “housekeeping.” The State has a strong appetite for both renewable and energy efficiency applications. Financial solutions include zero-interest loans and grants. Technical challenges are addressed by procurement assistance and maintenance of a comprehensive database. Energy performance contracting covers a multitude of hurdles. Policy initiatives have included executive orders from governors, both past and present. Energy codes and standards play a large role shaping future construction. In addition to addressing its own energy intensity, the State actively embraces energy-related technologies for economic development purposes. Readers may consider this a case study with “lessons learned” that can benefit other states.
Presented ByChristopher Russell
Maryland Energy Administration
Christopher Russell is a program manager at the Maryland Energy Administration, where he is responsible for state facilities. Christopher is the author of “Managing Energy from the Top Down” and “North American Energy Audit Program Best Practices.” He holds an M.B.A. and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Maryland and a B.A. from McGill University.