Maryland Smart Energy Communities

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The FY20 MSEC program will be launching soon.  Follow MEA at https://www.linkedin.com/company/maryland-energy-administration/ or https://www.facebook.com/MDEnergyAdministration to get updates on FY20 program launches.

Fiscal Year 2019 MSEC Grant Program Launch

We are pleased to announce the Maryland Smart Energy Communities (MSEC) program for the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19). The FY19 program budget provides $500,000 for new communities and existing MSEC communities. In FY19, funding Is only available for energy-efficiency projects.

The FY19 grant application window has closed and grants have been awarded. The award listing can be found here​

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 FY19 MSEC FOA Final.pdfclick here for detailed information on program eligibility, requirements, and additional information.



The goal of the Maryland Smart Energy Communities program is to support​ local governments as they adopt smart-energy policies and commit to them for the long term. Communities will benefit from sustained reduction of energy usage, cost savings, and additional opportunities for renewable energy development.​

Related Programs

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
  • Participate in local sustainability initiatives
  • Greenhouse gas emissions reduction
  • Statewide recognition as a leader in energy conservation and sustainability



What policies must be adopted?

Local governments must adopt at least​ two of the three following policies (policies are subject to change):

  1. Energy Efficiency

    Establish an energy consumption baseline and develop a plan with the goal of reducing energy consumption of government buildings by 15% within five years of the baseline year.

  2. Renewable Energy

    Reduce conventional centralized electricity generation from fossil fuel sources by meeting 20% of those building's electricity demand with distributed, renewable energy generation within five years of the baseline year.​

  3. Transportation

    A local government must establish a petroleum consumption baseline for all government vehicles, and establish a comprehensive program designed to reduce the baseline by 20% within five 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 Community track and must adopt the policies outlined above. Existing 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. 

Who Is Eligible?


The MSEC Grant Program is available to all incorporat​​ed tow​ns, ​cities, and counties in Maryland. 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.​

How much funding is available?


For FY19, up to $500,000 total is available for energy-efficiency projects only, subject to funding availability. Funding is to be divided between both existing and new MSEC communities.

How to Apply

Additional Information


Questions? Visit the Maryland Smart Energy Communities FY19 MSEC FAQ.pdfFY19 MSEC FAQ for answers.

For more information, contact us via e-mail at MSEC.MEA@Maryland.gov or by phone at 410-537-4000.​

Grant Documents for Current MSEC Grantees

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