Moving from “Paper” to Reality
Next Steps for the Montgomery
County Climate Protection
June 2, 2009
Sustainability Working Group
• Established in County Bill 32-07
• 26 members – 15 from County government & regional
organizations, 11 from the private sector
• Representation from the business community, land
development or building interests, energy distribution or
supply firms, science and academia, communications
and media, and civic organizations
• SWG’s first task was to develop a Climate Protection
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Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Goals
• Stop increasing Countywide GHG emissions by 2010
• Achieve a 10% reduction in GHG emissions every 5
years through 2050
• By 2050, reduce Countywide GHG emissions to 80%
below the base year identified in the inventory (2005)
• Long term reductions expected through:
– Federal and state actions
– Technological breakthroughs
– Infrastructure development
– Cultural changes
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GHG Emissions Forecast and Reduction Target
10.000 Reduction Target =
2000 2005 2010 2015 2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050 2055
“Business as Usual” Projected Emissions
Emissions to Meet County Goals
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2005 Montgomery County GHG Emissions
Solid Waste Management
Residential Building Energy
34% 4.101 MMTCO2e
Commercial Building Energy
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Getting Started – Identifying Actions
• Developed “catalog” of potential strategies and actions
by reviewing climate action plans across the US and
assessing current County programs.
• Established seven committees chaired by SWG
member(s) and comprised of interested community
members and department/agency staff.
– Renewable Energy
– Residential Building Energy Efficiency
– Commercial/Multi Family/Public Building Energy Efficiency
– Forestry and Agriculture
– Education and Outreach
– Long Term Planning (including land use)
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How it Came Together
• Given the enormous talent and energy in this
community, let’s engage those who are willing and
– About 90 additional individuals participated in the
– The recommendations proposed in this Plan were
formulated, debated, and initially drafted at the
committee level before being brought to the SWG for
review and incorporation into the final Plan
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Renewable Energy Recommendations
Efforts moving on six out of seven recommendations
RE-1 Maintain the commitment of County Government • County purchase increased to 30% from national
to purchase renewable energy. Establish value based sources.
criteria. • Joining University of Maryland Purchasing Group to
facilitate regional projects and long term projects.
RE-2 Adopt building design guidelines for Government • MCPS extensively specifies geothermal.
agencies requiring the use of geoexchange systems. • Montgomery County reviewing design guidelines.
RE-3 Support the installation of solar photovoltaic • MCPS has signed a contract for 1.4 MW of solar and is
systems through power purchase agreements for increasing to 5 MW.
County facilities. • Montgomery County Division of Solid Waste Services is
signing a contract for 500kW on the transfer station.
• EECBG strategy includes $800,000 for PPA buy downs.
RE-4 Provide revolving and low-interest loans for on-site • Montgomery County Home Energy Loan Program.
solar (and other renewables).
RE-6 Establish a public-private entity to promote, • State established the Maryland Clean Energy Center.
facilitate, develop and invest in renewable energy. • Montgomery County and the City of Annapolis partnered
to attract and fund the Center.
RE-7 Investigate the feasibility of adding sustainable • WSSC received an earmark in the federal budget to study
energy biogas to WSSC facilities. this.
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Efforts moving on five out of six recommendations
EER1 Develop promotional give-aways of energy- • Montgomery County was awarded $70,000 for a pilot
efficient products. programmable thermostat giveaway program.
EER2 Develop energy-efficiency programs, in • Montgomery County supported Utility/State low-income
coordination with State and utility based programs to programs and federal weatherization funding.
assist low-income households and address their energy • County will (with ARRA money) weatherize 900 homes
needs. over the next three years.
• Housing Opportunity Commission (HOC) received an
award for $250,000 to upgrade 25 agency owned
townhouses. County has proposed the same process for
50 more properties with $515,000 of EECBG funding.
EER4 Develop a low-cost loan program to facilitate • Bill 6-09 created the Home Energy Loan Program, County
residential energy-efficiency improvements. is implementing this program at “best speed”. Allocating
$1.5+ in EECBG money to this effort.
EER5 Create an education and outreach campaign with • County EECBG application proposes funding for the
the goal that 50% of homeowners will reduce energy “residential green guide” a innovative tool to motivate
consumption by at least 25% consumer action and connect them to programs.
EER6 Promote the deployment of smart grid • County has advocated for cost-effective AMI and smart
technologies by utilities serving Montgomery County. grid deployment at the pilot and full deployment levels.
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Efforts moving on four out of seven recommendations
EEC-2 Improve the energy performance of public • Baseline energy study of County Government facilities
facilities through enhanced data acquision and energy- complete.
efficiency measures. • EECBG proposed strategy includes $800,000 for
measurement and verification of energy conservation and
RE projects, $300,000 for scoping studies, and $2,000,000
for buydowns of energy-efficiency and renewable energy
projects alternatively financed.
EEC3 Establish specific energy performance • EECBG proposed strategy includes $400,000 for a
requirements and timelines for all commercial buildings. comprehensive analysis of the County’s commercial sector.
Recommend a 25% reduction by 2020. • EECBG strategy includes $1,500,000 for a commercial
EEC5 Advocate for cost-effective utility based energy- • All electricity utilities serving the County have approval
efficiency and demand reduction programs. and BG&E will be rolling out programs this summer, Pepco
and Allegheny will follow.
EEC7 Develop and implement programs to support • EECBG strategy includes funding for facility manager
energy-efficiency improvements by residents, managers energy training.
and owners of multi-family and low-income properties.
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Land-Use, Forestry and Agriculture,
Transportation, and Education
• Less progress in these areas.
• Many elements being discussed and approaches
• Most importantly we have not (and will not) given
• Action will be taken, but elements are often more
“long term focus” in program design.
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Process Moving Forward
“Reactivate” the Sustainability Working Group and
• Begin preparing the FY2010 climate action plan.
• Updating inventory with FY07 and FY08 data.
• Hope to update FY05 through FY08 inventories with
new sectors (e.g. forest)
• Procured a consultant to analyze the 58
recommendations to estimate CO2, economic, social
and other environmental benefits.
• Use data from consultant study to fine tune and
allocate resources to recommendations.
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Influencing the Processes
• Participate in local government working groups,
meetings and other efforts.
• Bring your time to the table, the recommendations
that stick are the ones community members were
thorough, clear, and effective in presenting.
• Prepare for mid-course corrections, in the
acquisition of resources sometimes scopes need to
be adjusted to fit the plan.
• Stick with it, persistence pays and just because a
recommendation isn’t implemented first doesn’t
mean it wont happen.
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