T&E ITEM #2
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee
Amanda Mihill, Legislative Attorney
Bill 18-15, Environmental Sustainability
Bill 18-15, Environmental Sustainability - Montgomery County Green Bank, sponsored by Lead
Sponsor Councilmember Berliner and Co-Sponsors Councilmembers Leventhal, Hucker, Riemer, .
Eirich, Rice, and Navarro was introduced on April 21, 2015. A public hearing was held on June 9
at which 2 speakers (including a representative of the Executive) supported Bill 18-15 (see
testimony and correspondence on ©16-28).
Bill 18-15 would:
(1) authorize County government to designate a County Green Bank to promote the
investment in clean energy technologies;
(2) specify the process to designate a nonprofit corporation to function as the Green Bank;
(3) define the nature and powers of the Green Bank;
(4) establish a Green Bank Work Group to review the application of Chapter 18A, Article
7 and make recommendations regarding the implementation of the Montgomery
County Green Bank; and
(5) generally amend the environmental sustainability law.
Issues for Committee Discussion
Executive staff have suggested modifications to the purpose section .
in 18A-44 (©1-2, lines 4-38). According to the comments on ©17, this language was provided by
the Coalition for Green Capital and would offer a comprehensive description of the Green Bank's
capabilities. Specifically, Executive staff recommend deleting the following language from the
develop separate programs to support clean energy investment in residential,
municipal, small business, and larger commercial projects;
finance investment in clean energy technologies in accordance with
comprehensive plan developed
to foster the growth, development. and
commercialization of renewable energy sources and related enterprises;