MEA COVID-19 Updates

June 2, 2021

As mail delays continue, we suggest submitting grant applications electronically whenever possible. Maryland Energy Administration staff will confirm receipt of electronic applications within one to two business days via email. If you have mailed in your application, we ask that you contact us via phone at 410-537-4000 or 1-800-72-ENERGY or email at to confirm receipt. 


March 29, 2021

Any Maryland resident with questions about utility shut offs should contact the Maryland Public Service Commission at 410-767-8028. For bill pay assistance, visit the Office of Home Energy Programs via the Maryland Department of Human Services here


February 23, 2021
The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) and Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (RMI) developed a program, Manufacturing Disruption Mitigation Assistance (MDMA), to help Maryland manufacturers address air flow, filtration, ventilation issues to lessen the spread of COVID-19.​ Learn more here​
December 6, 2020
Understanding the plan to address esclating customer debt due to COVID-19 and utility repayment plans is challenging. Click here to gain insights about what is to come next. 
October 31, 2020
Governor Larry Hogan has extended the emergency order in response to nationwide increase in COVID-19 cases​ for the State of Maryland. The Maryland Energy Administration staff continues to work remotely and all staff email and cell phone numbers are listed on our staff directory. If you are not sure who to contact, please email us at

September 24, 2020
A new order from the Maryland Public Service Commission prohibits utility companies from turning off residential electricity, gas or water through November 15, 2020. Residents who are struggling to afford to pay their electric or gas bills are strongly encouraged to contact their utility and  discuss payment arrangements. The Maryland Department of Human Services Office of Home Energy Programs reported that they have over $170 million in assistance is available. Read more here

August 6, 2020 The newest cycle of the Lawton Conservation Loan program has been updated in response to the pandemic and support our #MarylandStrong recovery. Some of the new changes include: 1% Interest rate for all non-state agencies; 0% Interest rate for all local governments and their instrumentalities; Nnw application format  to aide in digital submission; and microloans for cost-effective energy efficiency upgrades up to $40,000. For full detials and to appy now, click here.

July 8, 2020
Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) Energy Efficiency grant shifts to meet pandemic related needs - Due to COVID-19 related limitations, regulations, best practices and safety guidelines, the Maryland Energy Administration's LMI program is taking the following actions for the FY21 program cycle: Increased simple payback requirements; increased feasibility; and allowing up to 50% indirect costs invoicing. Total funds available for LMI are $6.5 million and the application deadline is October 1, 2020.For full details, click here.
June 17, 2020

Over the past few months the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has virtualized all agency procedures and created a centralized crisis response for grantees. All active grant programs have received extension through January 5, 2021. Loan payments for Jane Lawton Energy Efficiency Loan program​ have been deferred and grantees can spend more vigorously towards administrative and indirect costs. MEA is open to suggestions on how we can help with additional relief and recovery. Please contact us at ​

May 12, 2020
The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) understands that grant timelines may need to shift due to limitations like on-site access, supply chain impacts and other factors. MEA has extended the final grant deadlines for multiple eligible programs until January 5, 2021.  Emails to individual grantees were sent out on May 12, 2020 from MEA. For a list of all grants with extended dealdines and contact information for the progarm mangers, click here
April 14, 2020

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) continues to work remotely, per Governor Hogan’s March 12th executive order, to promote affordable, reliable and cleaner energy for the benefit of all Marylanders. As Governor Hogan indicated during his press conference on Friday, April 10, the state is now taking measures to address the budget shortfall resulting from the COVID-19 emergency.  These measures include a hiring freeze, as well as a budget freeze on discretionary spending not related to core agency function or COVID-19 response. The state is also reviewing budget restrictions for the next fiscal year (FY) 2021 which begins July 1; details about these FY21 restrictions are not yet available. To read the full press release, click here.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we appreciate your understanding. Click here to see the MEA staff directory with email contact information. MEA has posted program updates online for our residential, commercial, state / local and transportation grants with instructions for contacting staff during this emergency and how to submit applications electronically. If you are inquiring about a specific program please visit the program page(s) for additional information and specific information on how to contact that specific program team.

At this time, MEA is continuing to execute awards for MEA’s FY20 energy programs, as these programs are part of MEA’s core agency function. As we learn more about any implications to MEA’s FY21 programs we will post information on website, social media and email. We are also reviewing all programs to determine how they can be responsive to the needs of Marylanders during the COVID-19 emergency. 

We know our applicants, grantees and partners may have questions and we invite you to contact us directly regarding MEA programs. Email is the most direct means of contact, please email us at or if you are unable to use email, please call our main line at 410-537-4000 or 1-800-72-ENERGY and an MEA team member will respond. MEA appreciates this is a difficult time for all and we will continue to work to serve our grantees, partners and fellow state agencies.
March 27, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, some EmPower programs may have interruptions or changes, please see your utility's website for updates: Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE)Choptank Electric Cooperative, Delmarva PowerEaston UtilitiesFirst Energy or Allegheny PowerPotomac Electric Power Company (Pepco), and Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SMECO)  ​​
​March 13, 2020

The offices of the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) are closed and staff are teleworking per Governor Hogan's executive order. The staff of the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has been preparing for this possibility and will continue working to serve Marylanders. 

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