Since 2010, Maryland has received $17 million from the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and $7.5 million from the State Energy Program (SEP), resulting in the following benefits:
*Total SEP funds include formula (annual) grants and competitive awards.
** The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development manages the state’s WAP and reports WAP formula (annual) fund activities to DOE on a quarterly basis. The weatherization metrics above are outcomes of WAP formula investment in Maryland since 2010.
*** Findings from a National Evaluation of the State Energy Program and a National Evaluation of the Weatherization Assistance Program.
Maryland’s State Energy Program at Work
Agriculture Energy Efficiency Program
Maryland’s Agriculture Energy Efficiency Program provides grants on a competitive basis to farms and businesses in the agriculture sector to cover up to 50% of the cost of eligible energy efficiency upgrades if applicable, after all other incentives have been applied. Grants are subject to funding availability.
Energy Performance Contracting Assistance Program
Maryland educated potential Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) customers, facilitated ESPCs, and acted as owners’ agents. Maryland anticipates investments of $15 million and energy costs savings of $2 million annually.
Learn more about SEP competitively awarded projects.
Maryland’s Weatherization Assistance Program at Work
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is the managing agency of Maryland’s Weatherization Assistance Program. Maryland contracts with four community action agencies, two local governments, and two nonprofit organizations to provide weatherization services across seven Maryland cities. Maryland’s weatherization services help eligible low-income households across the state with the installation of energy conservation materials in their dwelling units. These measures both reduce the consumption of energy and the cost of maintenance for these homes. Between 2010 and 2017, Maryland weatherized and average of 370 homes per year with formula funds.
- EERE Success Story—Maryland Advances Energy Efficiency in State Building Portfolio
- Check out the Maryland Energy Administration’s success stories
Maryland Takes Initiative
Better Buildings Initiative
Better Buildings Challenge
The State of Maryland and Anne Arundel County Public Schools have taken on the Better Buildings Challenge, a commitment to reduce the energy use of their entire building portfolios by 20% within 10 years, and are making progress toward their energy reduction goals. As of 2018, public sector BBC partners have cumulatively saved 72 trillion Btus of energy, $686 million, and 1.49 billion gallons of water since the Challenge was launched in 2011.
Better Buildings Accelerators
Maryland has committed to improve the energy efficiency of their participating water resource recovery facilities by at least 30% and integrate at least one resource recovery measure through the Sustainable Wastewater Infrastructure of the Future (SWIFt) Accelerator. SWIFt partners represent over 70 water resource recovery facilities across 23 states.
DOE has engaged more than 220 diverse partners in a set of 15 Better Buildings Accelerators, with nearly 70 unique public sector partners. The Accelerators are designed to demonstrate specific innovative policies and approaches, which will accelerate investment in energy efficiency upon successful demonstration. Each Accelerator is a targeted, short-term partner-focused activity designed to address persistent barriers that stand in the way of greater efficiency.
To learn more about other Better Buildings partners and solutions in Maryland and other states involved in the Better Buildings Initiative, check out the Better Buildings Partner map.
Publications, Resources, Helpful Links
- State and Local Solution Center, a one-stop shop of impactful public sector resources
- NASEO State Energy Office Contact
- Contact State Weatherization Agency
- EIA Maryland State Profile and Energy Estimates
- Maryland Better Buildings Challenge Partner Profile
- Anne Arundel County Public Schools Better Buildings Challenge Partner Profile
The Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office (WIP) is part of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and supports DOE's mission to create greater energy affordability, security, and resiliency.
WIP’s mission is to enable strategic investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies through the use of innovative practices across the United States in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders, including state and local organizations and community-based non-profits.
WIP is made up of two programs focused on state and local governments—the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and the State Energy Program (SEP)—and a team that develops and delivers targeted technical assistance and strategic initiatives to state and local governments.
SEP and WAP provide funding and technical assistance to states, territories, the District of Columbia, and native American tribes to enhance energy security, advance state-led energy initiatives, maximize the benefits of decreasing energy waste, and reduce energy costs for low-income households. Each state is the decision maker and administrator for SEP and WAP program activities within the state that are tailored to their unique resources, delivery and production capacity, and energy goals.