Agenda Item 6B
Amanda Mihill, Legislative
Faden, Senior Legislative Attorney
Clean Energy Renewable Technology
Action: Bill 8-14, Buildings - County Buildings
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee recommendation
enact Bill 8-14 with amendments to:
• delete the substantive provision of Bill 8-14 that requires a contract to building or
extensively modify a County building to use clean renewable energy technology;
• require the Executive to propose a Clean Energy Plan by a Method 1 Regulation within 6
months that would specify the amount of onsite clean energy to be installed on new or
existing County buildings; and
• require the Executive to set a target for clean energy installed on County facilities.
Bill 8-14, Buildings County Buildings - Clean Energy Renewable Technology, sponsored by
Councilmembers Berliner, Floreen, Riemer, Eirich, Andrews, and Navarro, was introduced on January 28,
2014. A public hearing was held by the Committee on February 11 and a Transportation, Infrastructure,
Energy and Environment Committee worksession was held on March 24. At the hearing, a
representative of the Executive expressed the Executive's general support for the package of
environmental initiatives (©20).
As introduced, Bill 8-14 would require new or extensively remodeled county buildings to
generate at least 1 kilowatt of renewable energy for every 1,000 square feet of floor area. Current
County law does not set specific standards for the use of renewable technology in County buildings.
Bill 8-14 was modeled after a recently-enacted Prince George's County law.
Councilmember Berliner explained the purpose of this Bill in his January 14 memorandum
describing his proposed energy/environmental package (©9).
The Fiscal and Economic Impact statements for this Bill are on ©35. The Department of General
Services estimates that 2 positions are needed to implement the bill and the Clean Energy Plan, but that
some of these costs are offset by projected energy savings. For FY15, the Department estimates
expenditures of $200,654 and energy cost savings of $30,000 for a net cost of $170,654. These positions
are not funded in the FY 15 budget the Council recently adopted.