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Department of General Services, Office of Energy and Sustainability

 

County Sustainability Report

Wind Mill FarmMontgomery County, Department of General Services publishes its first sustainability report outlining key County efforts and accomplishments to reduce the environmental impact of County operations. Published by the Office of Energy and Sustainability, the report is the first step in an exercise to comprehensively report on County energy and sustainability initiatives.

Request for Renewable Energy Proposals

Renewable Energy Certificates and Related Documentation

Wind Mill FarmOn 4/22/2015, Earth Day, the County issued a Request for Energy Proposals (RFEP) for renewable energy credits (RECs) to meet the County and partner agencies clean energy purchasing commitments.

RECs represent the clean energy attributes of electricity generated from sources such as solar energy and wind power. The County anticipates purchasing RECs for 2016 and 2017 with options for 2018 and 2019.

Request for Energy Proposals

Purchase of Electricity from Solar Photovoltaic Systems Hosted on Montgomery County Facilities

Solar PanelMontgomery County is launching an effort to identify and install solar photovoltaic systems in and around Montgomery County facilities.

The County is specifically seeking a third party to install, own, operate and finance solar projects hosted on select County facilities.

Maryland Smart Energy Communities Award

Legget accepts Maryland Smart Energy Communities Award

County Executive Ike Leggett (right) recently accepted the Maryland Smart Energy Communities Award from the Maryland Energy Administration and the University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center. Montgomery County is one of eight Maryland Counties recognized for participating in the Maryland Smart Energy Communities program using best energy practices.

Meet the Green Team

DGS Green Team picture

Team will develop a comprehensive green operation plan, focusing on green actions related to energy, air, water, fleet, environmentally preferable products, innovation and more across County operations. Team members will also serve as ambassadors to Green day-to-day work activities amongst their peers.

U.S. DOE Sunshot Initaitive

Helps Develop Comprehensive Renewable Energy Plan for County Facilities

Montgomery County, Maryland was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (U.S. DOE) Sunshot Program to partner on efforts to expand solar and renewable energy markets by leveraging public infrastructure. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will provide the County technical assistance, funded by U.S. DOE, to develop a comprehensive renewable energy plan for County facilities. Specifically, the County will access national experts to develop an aggressive but obtainable goal for on-site renewable energy generation, standards for renewables in new facilities, and criteria for balancing renewable energy responsibly. Collectively, this work will help the County meet the requirements of Council Bill 8-14 Renewable Energy on County Facilities.

Utility Incentives

Did you know that incentives are available, through the Pepco Commercial and Industrial Energy Savings Program, to reduce the costs of energy efficiency improvements?

Montgomery County staff involved in building design, construction, and maintenance meet monthly with Pepco program representatives to identify incentives that can help the County reduce the electricity consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of public facilities.