Sustainable Energy Program

Program Overview

Sustainable Energy ProgramThe Sustainable Energy Program coordinates the County’s efforts to reduce energy consumption, cost, and greenhouse gas emissions in buildings and the transportation sector. This is achieved via the implementation of policies, plans, and programs listed below, in partnership with County agencies such as the Department of Environmental Resources.

  • Energy Policy for Government Operations
  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy
  • Smart Energy Communities Policy
  • Clean Renewable Energy Technology in Public Buildings Law
  • Petroleum Reduction and Renewable Energy Action Plan
  • Energy Performance Contracting
  • Utilities Management Program
  • Draft Climate Change Action Plan

Why Conserve Energy?

TO REDUCE

  • Cost for electricity, water, and gas
  • Consumption and risk associated with price increases or supply shortages
  • Carbon emissions and your overall environmental footprint

Goals and Objectives

  • Reduce conventional, centralized electricity generation, serving County government buildings, by meeting 20% of those buildings' electricity demand with distributed, renewable energy generation by 2022, as compared to, and defined by, calendar year 2012 baseline.
  • Reduce County government fleet applicable on-road vehicle petroleum consumption by 20% by 2018, as compared to, and defined by, calendar year 2012 baseline.
  • Reduce energy consumption per square foot in existing county buildings b 20% by year 2022, as compared to, and defined by calendar year 2012 baseline.
  • Design, construct, and incorporate green building practices into newly constructed county buildings.
  • Reduce County-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) or carbon emissions by 80% below 2008 levels by 2050.

Guiding Laws, Policies and Plans

  • Clean Renewable Energy Technology in Public Buildings Law
    On November 19, 2013, the County Council unanimously approved the Clean Renewable Energy Technology in Public Buildings law. This law requires the incorporation of clean renewable energy technology (e.g. solar PV or thermal, wind, and geothermal) in construction of new County government buildings or in major renovations of government buildings. This legislation makes Prince George's County the first jurisdiction in the State of Maryland to require clean energy systems in newly constructed government buildings and major renovations of government buildings.
  • Smart Energy Communities Policy and Action Plan                                               The Smart Energy Communities Policy and Petroleum Reduction and Renewable Energy Action Plan were approved in December, 2013. The policy and action plan declare the County's intent to take a leadership role in reducing transportation petroleum consumption and increasing renewable energy generation by partnering with the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) and enrolling as a Smart Energy Community. 
  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy                                                           In December 2009, the County developed and adopted an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy to define the mission and process for achieving greater energy-efficiency and carbon reduction throughout the County.   
  • Energy Policy for Government Operations                                                             The policy seeks to reduce overall energy consumption and increase energy savings in county-owned buildings and fleet. It includes a combination of mandatory procedures and optional conservation measures, assigning specific responsibilities to senior management and other staff.