Maryland Energy Administration success stories
MEA distributes hundreds of millions of dollars throughout the state to stimulate energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy production. Those dollars fund significant returns toward Governor Martin O’Malley’s EmPower Maryland energy goals, which effects the lives of real Maryland citizens. To better understand where those dollars go and to see how they promote a Smart, Green & Growing Maryland, read the following MEA success stories:
- Prince George's County Community Harnesses the Power of the Sun
University Park took advantage of the Maryland Smart Energy Communities Program and now their very own University Park Elementary School will become the first Prince George’s County public school to host a rooftop community solar array.
- Maryland Farms Sprout with Energy Savings
Since its inception, the Kathleen A.P. Mathias Agricultural Energy Efficiency Program has saved approximately 800MWh, 14,000 therms of natural gas, over 70,000 gallons of propane, and 2,220 gallons of diesel fuel on farms across Maryland.
- A Greener Future Ahead for Edmonston
Edmonston, Maryland might be a small town, but that hasn't curbed their passion for sustainable development and energy efficiency. Now, the town is working with MEA's Smart Energy Communities program to discover new ways to make their town even greener.
- Energy Efficiency Keeps Carroll County Non-Profit Growing
With a lack of air conditioning, Barbara Norman, General Manager of the Westminster Riding Club, was flustered with the prospect of losing business for WRC's event venue. As it turns out, WRC was a prime candidate for a Lawton Loan.
- Wood Stove Grants Bolster Business and Improve Energy Savings on the Lower Shore
Steven Payne used to go through almost 200 gallons of propane each month. That's no longer the case since he installed a new, efficient wood stove in his home.
- Landover Hills Homeowner Saves $352 in Annual Energy Costs
With the repair of a gas leak and the installation of carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, Fratturelli's home is not only saving her money, it’s quite possibly saving her life, too.
- More Than a Million Dollars Saved,
Thanks to Energy Efficiency Projects by Civic Works
Since 2009, nearly 2,000 households received energy efficiency upgrade services from Civic Works, an urban service corps dedicated to strengthening communities in and around Baltimore.
Anne’s County Invests Clean Efficiency Funding to Save
By working with the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA), Queen Anne's County was empowered to meet its mission while reducing energy consumption and lowering energy costs.
- Vietnam Veteran
Improves Comfort and Saves Money through Efficiency
Before making energy efficiency upgrades to his home, the only ways David Hale and his teenaged daughter could escape the heat were to duck into air-conditioned stores or to go swimming.
County Couple Improves Energy Efficiency and Generates Clean, Renewable
In the world of sustainable living, some just talk the talk. Montgomery County resident Jim Russ has been walking the walk for about 70 years.
- Electric Vehicle
Charging Station Startup Powers Maryland then Goes
SemaConnect, founded by Annapolis-based entrepreneur Mahi Reddy, began designing and building charging stations for electric cars in 2009. In just a few short years, the company has surged onto the national scene.
- Highlandtown Healthy
Living Center Promotes a Healthier Environment
Baltimore Medical System’s Highlandtown Healthy Living Center saves more than $71,000 annually as a result of energy efficiency upgrades, which were made possible through the support of a $768,850 zero-interest loan from the Maryland Energy Administration.
- MEA Provides Energy Upgrades
for Residents of Prince George's County
United Communities Against Poverty (UCAP) is the official Community Action Agency for Prince George’s County. In the past three years, UCAP has been awarded $906,000 in EmPOWERing Clean Communities Grant funding.
- Baltimore office
building earns "High Performance Building Award"
The aging office building had been in need of improvements for some time, and MEA helped make the project possible by providing the Buccini/Pollin development group with a low-interest loan.
- Morningside Park
upgrades preserve affordable housing in Howard County
The 60 unit senior community in Howard County received energy efficiency upgrades using funds acquired from an MEA grant to the Howard County Housing Commission (HCHC).
- Baltimore County
resident harnesses sunlight to save on home energy
J. F. Mergen accomplished the unthinkable: He doubled the square footage of his Baltimore County home, stabilized his energy bills, reduced his family’s carbon footprint, and saved money without sacrificing the Mergen’s quality of life.
- Efficiency upgrades for
mid-shore retiree provide safeguards for the future
The Talbot County resident improved the insulation in his crawl space, attic, and walls with the support of a $2,800 grant from the Maryland Energy Administration.
- MEA helps synagogue become one of
the first solar congregations in Maryland
The Adat Shalom synagogue in Bethesda, Maryland has always been the center of an ecologically-minded congregation.
- Bladensburg reduces energy use,
saves money, and EmPOWERs Maryland
Bladensburg's visitor center and its police department are now more energy efficient and comfortable.
- Windswept Grant eases greenhouse
gas emissions on the Eastern Shore
Seeking a less carbon-intensive way to power his Worcester County home, Michael Jenkins researched renewable energy options. He realized he had a great resource at his Stockton property: Wind.
- MEA EmPOWERs Garrett County community
Using a $50,000 grant from the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA), residents of Liberty Mews will save money on utility bills while enjoying new energy efficient appliances.
- Caroline County Habitat pairs
MEA EmPOWER Grant funds with volunteer work
Using a $50,000 grant from the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA), Caroline County Habitat for Humanity completed six energy efficiency upgrades for low to moderate income families.
efficiency upgrades, University Park family increases its comfort
Through the MEA’s Home Performance Rebate Program, the family received a rebate of $1,550, which reduced the cost of their $4,244 efficiency upgrade.
- Small town reduces energy
consumption, helps EmPOWER Maryland
Galestown received a $5,000 EECBG grant from the Maryland Energy Administration, which it used for energy efficiency upgrades to its community center.
- MEA funds energy efficiency
upgrades at St. Mary’s County senior living
Using a $50,000 grant from the MEA, residents of the Cedar Lane Senior Living Community in Leonardtown now save money on energy bills while enjoying a comfortable indoor climate regardless of weather.
- MEA enhances the
energy efficiency benefits of a Montgomery County
Before renovations began in November of 2009, the then 71-year-old Frances Ballard had lived at the same address on Takoma Park’s Flower Ave. for more than 30 years. Now, she says, she hardly recognizes the place.
- MEA helps Grasonville
residents harness solar power
Using a $5,600 grant from the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA), Elaine and Greg Harrison installed a 4.6 kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system on their Grasonville home.
- Nationally recognized car wash goes
solar with no up front costs
The addition of solar paneling to the iconic College Park Car Wash pushes this local small business into the future.
- MEA EmPOWERs Clean Energy Communities and
For Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum, replacing the HVAC chiller to the 15-year-old exhibition building was a critical fix.
- MEA helps Homes for
America lower energy bills for low-income renters
Homes for America, a housing nonprofit, received a $295,000 grant from the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) to reduce the costs of massive energy efficiency upgrades.
- Wind turbine system transforms
country home into "green" dream house
Skeptics of clean energy’s impact should consider Henry and Nancy Maier, the Allegany County couple who converted a charming, three-story farmhouse into their very own “green” paradise.
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Read more Maryland success stories at the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Empowers website.