FY18 Update: We are pleased to announce the Maryland Smart Energy Communities (MSEC) program for fiscal year 2018 (FY18). The FY18 program budget is intended to be $900,000 to be divided between Area of Interest(AOI) 1, New communities and Area of Interest 2, existing MSEC communities.
Please Note: Starting in FY17, the MSEC Grant Program will no longer consider Low-to-Moderate Income Projects. Communities with eligible projects must submit a separate application to the Clean Energy Communities Low-to-Moderate Income Grant Program. Please visit this page for more information: http://energy.maryland.gov/govt/Pages/CleanEnergyLMI.aspx
MSEC Application DEADLINE: The deadline for both the MSEC New Community Application and the deadline for the MSEC Existing Community Application is due no later than 5:00p.m. Eastern Time, November 10, 2017.
For more information, contact Maryland Energy Administration regarding MSEC by e-mail at MSEC.MEA@Maryland.gov or by phone at 410-537-4000.
Please click here for detailed information on program eligibility, requirements, and additional information.
Find Maryland Smart Energy Communities by visiting this map.
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.
Becoming a Smart Energy Community will result in:
Local governments must adopt two of the three of the following policies (policies are in draft form and subject to change):
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.
Reduce conventional centralized electricity generation serving by meeting 20% of those building's electricity demand with distributed, renewable energy generation by 2022.
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!)
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.
$900.000** to be split between existing and new communities.Up to $900,000 million total is available, subject to funding availability, to be divided between both existing and new MSEC communities. The $900,00 million is allocated in the following manner: up to $450,000 for Area of Interest (AOI) 1, New Communities and up to $450,000 for AOI 2, Existing MSEC Communities.
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!)
Questions? Visit the Maryland Smart Energy Communities Existing Community Application for answers.
For more information, contact us via e-mail at MSEC.MEA@Maryland.gov or by phone at 410-537-4000.
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