EmPOWER Maryland at Camden Yards
Maryland Stadium Authority is taking the lead among state agencies to apply energy conservation practices to building and management of facilities. Here are the goals of EmPOWER Maryland:
1. Improve Building Operations – Achieving a 5% reduction through improved building operations, replacement of incandescent lights with compact fluorescent lights, and involvement of each state employee.
2. Significantly Expand Use of Energy Performance Contracting – Maryland can benefit dramatically in energy and maintenance savings by expanding the use of the Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) program. Under this program, agencies hire energy service companies to develop, install, and finance projects designed to improve the energy efficiency and maintenance costs for facilities.
3. Purchase Energy Star Products – Purchasing Energy Star qualified products where available, as well as environmentally friendly cleaning and maintenance products, would save energy and reduce the state’s environmental footprint.
4. Ensure Accountability – Incorporating energy issues into the StateStat process will help state agencies track their progress and assist in achieving the statewide energy efficiency goals. State agencies will be expected to designate energy managers, conduct energy consumption analyses, and update energy conservation plans.
5. Require Energy Efficient Buildings – Significant energy savings can be obtained by requiring all new state buildings over 20,000 square feet to be more energy efficient, based on a review of the upcoming recommendations of the Maryland Green Building Task Force. California has enjoyed great success in reducing its energy consumption by investing in energy efficient buildings. According to the US Green Building Council, the average upfront additional cost of constructing to the LEED Gold certification standard is 2.2% and is typically recovered through energy savings within 3 years.
To learn more about energy conservation and what you can do to reduce consumption, visit these sites:
- EmPOWER Maryland information: http://energy.maryland.gov/facts/empower/index.asp
- Energy Performance Contracting information: http://energy.maryland.gov/incentives/state-local/epc/index.asp
- State Buildings Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act: http://energy.maryland.gov/incentives/state-local/sbeeca/index.asp
- Maryland Energy Administration website: http://energy.maryland.gov/