Sustainable Energy Program
Erica Bannerman, Energy Manager
Main: (301) 883-6450
The Office of Central Services, Sustainable Energy has an objective of providing reliable and environmentally sound energy solutions that enhance the quality of life of Prince George's County residents' while concomitantly maximizing energy savings. The program coordinates the County's efforts to reduce energy 3 C's:
Reduce energy Consumption,
Reduce energy cost, and
Reduce County-wide carbon emissions.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
- Reduce County-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) or carbon emissions by 80% below 2008 levels by 2050.
- 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 by 20% by year 2022, as compared to, and defined by calendar year 2012 baseline.
The County government has set forth actionable strategies in order to lead by example and help facilitate broad participation in becoming more energy conscious and efficient throughout the community. The following themes have emerged that inform selection of strategies and measures.
· Build on Existing Efforts
The County has already put in place a number of initiatives, programs, and policies that support efficiency and climate protection goals. The guiding laws, policies and plans seek to bring those existing County efforts together under one framework, suggest improvements or augmentations, and add new efforts where gaps exist.
· Alignment with County Goals and Priorities
The County has a responsibility to deliver high quality core services in a way that encourages economic development, creates jobs, and generally improves the quality of life for County residents.
· Engage the Community
The development of far reaching solutions necessary to achieve significant GHG reductions will require coordinated and broad participation of residents, businesses, municipal governments and the other institutions that make-up Prince George’s County. This calls for significant outreach and communication efforts and the establishment of public/private partnerships to help build resilient communities.
· Build Capacity in the Energy Sector
The program seeks to exemplify the nexus between energy, economic development, and job creation initiatives in the County. Staff work closely with the business community including diverse suppliers and county-based businesses to build an advance energy economy.
GUIDING POLICIES AND PLANS
Smart Energy Communities Policy & Action Plan
The Smart Energy Communities Policy and Petroleum Reduction and Renewable Energy 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.
Climate Change Action Plan
Prince George's County Climate Action Plan provides a framework and set of actionable strategies that the County government can take to attain the regional goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 10% below business as usual projections by 2012; 20% below 2005 levels by 2020; and 80% below 2005 levels by 2050. Sustainable Energy works closely with our regional partner, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments on various initiatives such as the development of the regional and county-wide GHG emissions inventory.
Prince George's County surpassed the 2012 goal, demonstrating that GHG reductions are possible even as the population and economy grows. As of April 2018, despite experiencing an 8% growth in population, GHG emissions reduced from 11.3 MMTCO2e (million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent) in 2005 to 9.9 MMTCO2e in 2015, representing an overall decrease of 12% within Prince George's County. Click to read more of the latest GHG factsheet.
Plan Prince George's 2035 - Energy Infrastructure Chapter
Plan Prince George's 2035 builds on the County's General Plan to help guide future growth, development, and public investments in the County. It establishes policies and strategies to encourage investment in energy infrastructure, renewable energy, and the use of smart grid technologies and promote the efficient use of energy resources.
Clean Renewable Energy Technology in Public Buildings
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. Transforming County Government - Learn more about energy management in government operations.