Reduce both Per Capita Peak Demand and Per Capita Electricity Consumption in Maryland by 15% by 2015
Actual Per Capita Peak Demand (kW)
Actual Per Capita Consumption (MWh)
MWh Saved by State and Utility Programs
Per Capita Peak Demand
Per Capita Electricity Consumption
In-State Renewable Energy Generating Capacity (Actual and Projected)
Are We Meeting Our Goals?
The State's energy efficiency goal contains two distinct measures. We are on track to meet the peak demand goal, having reduced peak demand by 10.8 percent in 2012 from the 2007 baseline. We are not, however, on track to meet the per capita electricity consumption goal. While we have reduced consumption by 9.4 percent in 2012 from the 2007 baseline, it will remain a challenge to get to 15 percent by 2015. Both goals are calculated annually by the Public Service Commission using data on electricity sales from the five utilities that participate in the EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act of 2008. The peak demand goal is calculated by looking at the period of highest electricity demand that occurred in a given year, typically at some point in the summer months. The per capita consumption goal is calculated by totaling annual electricity sales from all five EmPOWER utilities. Both are divided by population, which comes from the Maryland Department of Planning, to get a per capita number.
The O'Malley-Brown Administration also set a goal to drive down energy used by Maryland's state agencies, facilities and vehicles 15 percent by 2015. Through 2013, Maryland's state agencies have reduced energy use 11 percent compared to 2007 levels and we are on track to reach our 15 percent target by 2015. The Department of General Services tracks state agency energy use through the Maryland State Energy Database. This energy database tracks the State’s roughly 8,500 accounts (electricity, gas water, steam, chilled water, fuel, etc.) and is open to the public.
Actions Taken Towards Goal
- In February, the Department of General Services hosted the first annual Maryland Energy Cup to recognzie the energy reduction efforts of Maryland's state agencies. Top honors went to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the State Highway Administration, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services and the Maryland Military Department.
- In 2008, we passed the EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act, requiring the five major Maryland utilities to implement programs to reduce electricity consumption by 15 percent by 2015. A list of programs by utility can be found here. To date more than 50,000 commercial and industrial businesses have participated in the utility-run EmPOWER energy efficiency programs.
- More than 20,000 multi-family housing units have received Quick Home Energy Checkups, which include lighting and other upgrades, through the utility-run EmPOWER energy efficiency programs.
- Incentives for more than 23 million efficient light bulbs have been provided to Maryland households by the EmPOWER program.
- More than 433,000 energy efficient appliances and HVAC systems have been installed in Maryland households as a result of the EmPOWER program.
- 237,000 have participated in the Quick Home Energy Check-up program and an additional 11,000 Maryland homes received comprehensive retrofits through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.
- Over 560,000 devices have been installed in Maryland homes and businesses due to cycle off appliances during periods of peak demand. Maryland’s utilities have received over $126 million in payments from PJM, the regional electricity transmission organization, for reducing the energy demand on the grid, which has been used to reduce EmPOWER Maryland bill impacts.
- More than 28,000 low and moderate income Maryland households have benefitted from energy efficiency retrofits through state-administered efficiency programs
- Over 1,400 individuals have participated in energy workforce training.
- We have held trainings for over 630 local energy code officials, who enforce one of the strictest energy codes in the nation.
How Can I Get Involved?
- Learn 15 things that will EmPOWER you to save money.
- See how MEA has paired with EnergyStar to save you money.
- Find incentives offered by your electricity provider.
- See if you qualify for free energy efficiency upgrades to your home!
- Explore the state energy database to see electricity bills by year or by State agency.
- Visit the Maryland Energy Administration website, view a map of all projects receiving a contribution of funds from the Maryland Energy Administration, or explore the State Energy Database to compare energy use by year or by State agency.