Maryland Smart Energy Communities

FY16 Update: We are pleased to announce the Maryland Smart Energy Communities (MSEC) program for fiscal year 2016 (FY16). The FY16 program budget is intended to be $2.5M to be divided between new and existing MSEC communities; with $600K for eligible energy efficiency initiatives, $900K for eligible renewable energy and transportation projects, and $1M for energy efficiency projects that serve low-to-moderate income Marylanders. Please check back here often for updates, including a funding opportunity announcement with more detail and information on how to apply.
For more information, contact Devan Willemsen via e-mail at or phone at 410-260-7539.

Funding Track

Who is eligible?

How much funding is available?

Application and Deadline
New Smart Energy Community

Available to all incorporated towns, cities, and counties not yet accepted into the MSEC program. All communities that apply for the program and meet the three deliverable requirements will receive funding based on population size and funding availability. Full project funds are made available only when communities complete the deliverables as specified by MEA.

$4.0 million** to be split between existing and new communities. 

Funding is also split between energy efficiency projects ($3 million), and renewable energy/transportation projects ($1 million).

New Community Application

Application period is now closed.

For more details, How to Apply

MEA is pleased to announce the designation of 34 Maryland Smart Energy Communities. Congratulations!

34 Maryland communities including 26 incorporated municipalities and 7 counties plus Baltimore City are now Maryland Smart Energy Communities. These communities have exhibited leadership in smart energy management. Through their participation in the program, communities will receive grants to fund energy efficiency, renewable energy, and/or clean transportation projects. Maryland Smart Energy Communities can realize cost savings, improve their environmental performance, and stimulate better energy decisions among their residents and local businesses. 

Find Maryland Smart Energy Communities by visiting this map.


Related programs

The goal of the Maryland Smart Energy Communities program is to have local governments adopt policies and commit to them for the long term, leading to sustained energy savings and additional opportunities for renewable energy development.

Benefits of Participating

Becoming a Smart Energy Community will result in:

  • A grant from MEA to kick-start your energy goals and eligibility for future MSEC grants
  • Reduced utility and fuel expenses
  • Support of local sustainability initiatives
  • Greenhouse gas emissions reduction
  • Statewide recognition as a leader in energy and sustainability
  • Receive technical assistance from the University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center to help meet program requirements and achieve long-term energy goals.


What policies must be adopted?
Local governments must adopt two of the three of the following policies (policies are in draft form and subject to change):

1. Energy Efficiency Policy Guidance Document

  • Establish an energy consumption baseline and develop a plan with the goal of reducing energy consumption of city/town or county-owned buildings by 15% within five (5) years of the baseline year.

2. Renewable Energy Policy Guidance Document

        • Reduce conventional centralized electricity generation serving a local government’s buildings by meeting 20% of those buildings’ electricity demand with distributed, renewable energy generation by 2022.

3. Transportation Petroleum Reduction Policy Guidance Document

  • A local government must establish a petroleum consumption baseline for all local government vehicles, and put in place a comprehensive program designed to reduce the baseline by 20 percent within five (5) years of the baseline year.

What is the difference between a New and Existing MSEC community?
Communities not yet designated a Maryland Smart Energy Community enter the program through the new program track and must adopt the policies outlined above. Communities that have already achieved Maryland Smart Energy Community designation remain in the program provided they are making a good faith effort towards meeting their energy goals. Both New and Existing communities are eligible for MSEC grant funding. See the webinars below for more information.

New Communities: Webinar Slides for New Maryland Smart Energy Communities (coming soon!)
Existing Communities: Webinar Slides for Existing Maryland Smart Energy Communities (coming soon!)

Geeting Your Community Involved

New Smart Energy Community 1-pager: How it Works and Where to Get Started (coming soon!)

Existing Smart Energy Community 1-pager: How to Stay Engaged with MSEC (coming soon!)

Additional Information

Questions? Visit the Maryland Smart Energy Communities FAQ page for answers.

For more information, contact Devan Willemsen via e-mail at or phone at 410-260-7539.