Federal, State and Local Stimulus Dollars- Promoting Energy Efficiency Today and Tomorrow: Malcolm Woolf, Maryland Energy Administration
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Presentation from the Alliance to Save Energy's 2010 Great Energy Efficiency Day, which took place on March 10, 2010 in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC.

Presentation from the Alliance to Save Energy's 2010 Great Energy Efficiency Day, which took place on March 10, 2010 in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC.

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  • Welcome! I’m Malcolm Woolf, director of the Maryland Energy Administration.
  • Chart shows that Electricity is expensive in Maryland. – Not as high as Delaware; slightly higher than DC, - Way above regional average or Virginia All know about BGE 50% increase in July 2007. - Statewide problem. -- PEPCo – slightly higher Natural Gas – Driving market prices - 50% of Maryland is on gas heat.
  • Demand Outpacing Supply – MD’s electricity consumption increased 12.5% over last decade, while generation increased by only 5.5%. (2006 EIA data) Significant Imports - 23% of electricity imported from other states.
  • Climate – - 3 rd most exposed to sea level rise (behind FL and LA), - More coastline than California. - Bay’s temperature increased 2 degrees since 1960, threatening habitat and $250 billion coastal economy Environmental – - Most of Maryland’s population lives in areas that fail to meet EPA’s health based air quality standards. - Reducing NOx, SOx, and Particulate Matter directly reduces asthma, heart attacks and other adverse health impacts.
  • Note: Estimated electricity savings and greenhouse gas emission reductions are based on 20 year lifespan of programs.

Federal, State and Local Stimulus Dollars- Promoting Energy Efficiency Today and Tomorrow: Malcolm Woolf, Maryland Energy Administration Federal, State and Local Stimulus Dollars- Promoting Energy Efficiency Today and Tomorrow: Malcolm Woolf, Maryland Energy Administration Presentation Transcript

  • Great Energy Efficiency Day - Federal, State and Local Stimulus Dollars Promoting Energy Efficiency: Today and Tomorrow Malcolm Woolf, Director Maryland Energy Administration March 2010
  • EmPOWER Maryland Act of 2008
    • Maryland faces serious electricity challenges
      • 72% rate spike in BGE in July 2007
      • Import 30% peak electricity
      • PJM warned of shortages as soon as 2012
    • Governor O’Malley recognized that “cheapest kilowatt is the one not needed.”
    • Spearheaded EmPOWER Md Act in 2008 to reduce both peak demand and consumption statewide 15% by 2015.
  • Maryland’s Portion of ARRA Energy Investments
      • $51.8M- Maryland Energy Administration (MEA)
      • $61.4M- Weatherization Programs (DHCD)
      • $50M- Energy Efficiency & Conserv. Block Grants
      • $5.9M- Appliance rebates
      • Competitive grants – Md companies awarded $305M smart grid thus far
  • Lowering Bills and Creating Jobs Through Energy Efficiency
    • Governor OMalley’s aim is to transform every sector of Maryland:
    • Multi-Family housing retrofits for low and moderate income families (some w/DHDC contractors were hired to do “Direct Install”)
    • Revolving, low interest loans for residential and commercial customers
    • Empowering Financing Initiative
    • State agency loan program
    • Green collar job training
  • Multi-Family Housing Retrofits for Low and Moderate Income Families
    • Energy efficiency retrofits underway in 1,600 apartment units
      • Reduce energy bills for low and moderate income families
      • Additional 1,176 units audited for improvements
      • Coordination with DHCD and housing nonprofits throughout the state
    • Energy savings typically range from 15% to 25% per housing unit or complex.
    • Reduction of monthly energy bills for thousands of families
    • Creation of 100 or more energy rehabilitation jobs.
  • Commercial/Industrial Energy Assessments and Loans
    • Low interest loans to Maryland businesses for energy efficiency upgrades.
      • Address up-front costs associated with energy efficiency investments
      • Provides funding on a shared-cost basis
      • Provides low interest loans (2 ½%) for EE upgrades in Maryland Commercial/Industrial facilities
      • Complement local, state and utility programs to ensure Marylanders invest in energy efficiency
      • By structuring the program as revolving loans, additional Maryland families will be able to benefit in the years to come.
  • Empowering Financing Initiatives - Property Assessed Clean Energy Loans
    • Leverage public funds with private capital to offer local governments a voluntary clean energy loan program for citizens.
    • MEA has executed a grant agreement with the Maryland Clean Energy Center to develop and implement voluntary loan programs in Maryland local jurisdictions.
    • Annapolis and Montgomery County are in the final stages of development; other cities and counties are following suit
  • State Agency Loans Program
    • Expand existing State Agency Loan Program
      • Provides zero interest loans to state agencies.
      • Since 1991, the program has issued 61 loans totaling $16,535,262.
      • The estimated annual savings of these loans to taxpayers is currently $2,757,000
      • Cumulative savings of $20,186,000.
  • Green Job Training and Technical Assistance
    • Build on Success of Home Performance program –
      • 607 contractors trained through the Home Energy Retrofit and Weatherization Workforce Training Programs recently launched at 13 community colleges across the State.
      • Qualifying businesses must support energy efficiency and/or renewable initiatives in the State
      • The program offers a “one-stop” training source for energy retrofit career path in the state, including contractors working with local weatherization agencies and Maryland’s utility providers.
  • Road Blocks to Spending ARRA
    • Davis-Bacon
    • NEPA
    • Buy American
    • Historic Preservation
  • FY10 Energy Efficiency Program Benefits
    • Estimated 70,000 MWh of electricity saved over the life of the investments, which is $370 million in projected savings
    • Over 560 new green collar jobs
    • Reduce CO2 emissions by over 2,000,000 tons, which is equivalent to taking nearly 360,000 cars off the road
    • Over 20,000 MWh of renewable energy produced
    • 2.4 million gallons of conventional gasoline displaced
    • For more information, please contact:
    • Maryland Energy Administration
    • 410-260-7655 or 800-72-ENERGY
    • www.energy.md.gov