The Maryland General Assembly has previously declared energy efficiency to be among the least expensive ways to meet the growing electricity demands of the state. This finding is repeatedly affirmed by national studies; energy efficiency is widely regarded as the least-cost energy resource option available today. Consistent with this declaration, the General Assembly passed the EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act of 2008, which established a goal to reduce per capita electricity usage and peak demand 15 percent by 2015. The utilities’ achievement of their individual 2015 energy efficiency and demand reduction goals will be reviewed by the Public Service Commission and verified by independent consultants.
For 2016 and beyond, the Commission will continue to require utilities to establish any program that it deems appropriate and cost effective to encourage and promote the efficient use and conservation of energy. The Commission has established a new goal structure, which requires electric utilities to achieve annual incremental cost-effective energy savings equal to two percent of their retail electric sales. At the direction of the Commission, interested stakeholders are currently investigating the establishment of natural gas energy efficiency goals, as well as energy efficiency goals targeted at the limited-income sector.
The majority of the EmPOWER Maryland programs offered previously will continue beyond 2015, and the utilities and stakeholders are currently investigating new program offerings. As part of their EmPOWER Maryland portfolios, Maryland’s five largest electric utilities offer many programs to save your home or business energy and money. Programs include lighting and appliance rebates, HVAC, Home Performance with Energy Star, Energy Star New Homes, combined heat and power, and other efficiency services and/or measures for homes, businesses and industrial facilities.
Find incentives offered by your utility using the following links:
Potomac Edison – Potomac Edison’s Energy Saving Programs
SMECO – SMECO’s Energy Saving Programs
For low-income customers of BGE, Pepco, Delmarva, Potomac Edison, and SMECO, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) administers the Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP). This program assists low-income households with installation of energy conservation measures in their homes with zero out-of-pocket expenses.
For more information on the LIEEP program and to check your eligibility status, click the following link:
In addition to offering energy efficiency programs, BGE, Pepco, Delmarva and SMECO also offer incentives to customers with central air conditioning, for allowing the utility to cycle the air conditioner off and on during periods of high electricity demand.
For more information on your utility’s demand response program, click on the utility program link below:
BGE – PeakRewards
Pepco – Energy Wise Rewards
Delmarva – Energy Wise Rewards
SMECO – Cool Sentry
Filings and Commission orders can be found in the following EmPOWER dockets:
Potomac Edison, Case No. 9153
Baltimore Gas and Electric, Case No. 9154
Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco), Case No. 9155
Delmarva Power & Light, Case No. 9156
Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO), Case No. 9157
Washington Gas Light, Case No. 9362