The state of Maryland has reached and exceeded its goals for reducing energy use in state-owned facilities years ahead of schedule. As of October 2022, Maryland state government has surpassed the 10 percent savings goal and reduced its energy use in state-owned facilities by more than 12 percent above the 2018 baseline.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has ranked Maryland among the best states in the nation for efforts to reduce energy use through efficiency. Prominent in ACEEE’s report was Maryland state government’s lead-by-example initiatives, including HB 662, which was enacted in 2020 and incorporated into statute the governor’s 2019 Executive Order setting new energy savings goals for state-owned buildings and calling for 10 percent savings by 2029 over a fiscal year 2018 baseline.
DGS’ Office of Energy and Sustainability works to reduce the energy consumption of state operations through its energy performance contracting program, and its ongoing projects to improve the energy efficiency of existing and new state facilities.
OES, which works to bring funding and expertise to HVAC, lighting and other efficiency projects, is currently collaborating to install more than 40,000 LED lighting fixtures and controls throughout state buildings by 2024. Once installed, the lighting will reduce the annual energy costs to the state by an estimated $1.6 million annually.
In other efforts to improve the efficiency of state buildings, OES is:
● Leading a retro-commissioning pilot project to reduce energy use through restoring buildings to their designed efficiency levels;
● Installing energy sub-meters at the Annapolis Capitol Complex to track the energy use of individual buildings;
● Completing energy audits on more than four million square feet of buildings since 2020; and
● Issuing green purchasing specifications for HVAC, lighting, and water fixtures that will ensure that the State buys efficient and cost-effective products.