Maryland invests proceeds from the sale of CO2 allowances into the State’s Strategic Energy Investment Fund (SEIF), a special, non-lapsing fund administered by the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA). MEA deploys SEIF funds to promote affordable, reliable and clean energy across all of Maryland’s diverse regions and communities. These programs have reduced household bills, created new jobs in growing industries, and promoted energy independence. The programs have also significantly reduced the energy costs of Maryland’s businesses.
Maryland’s investments funded through RGGI proceeds have:
Supported energy efficiency upgrades at 14,380 low- to moderate-income households;
Provided grants of over $2 million to help 39 businesses upgrade their efficiency through the Game Changer Competitive Grant Program;
Supported residential renewable energy at 7,587 households.
Saved Marylanders $457 million in estimated lifetime energy bill savings.
Program Highlight: EmPOWER Clean Energy Communities
The 2014 EmPOWER Clean Energy Communities Low-to-Moderate Income Grant (LMI) Program is delivering significant annual energy savings to thousands of low to moderate income Maryland residents through recently completed energy efficiency projects spearheaded by a wide range of non-profit and government organizations. Through 62 grants ranging from just over $5,000 to nearly $1 million, MEA supported a wide range of energy efficiency measures that maximized energy savings in the commercial and residential facilities in which they were installed.
Grantees have included:
A collaborative of local governments within Prince George's County improved 154 homes with annual energy savings of more than $61,000.
Almost 200 families in five counties are saving more than $70,000 annually in energy costs through a project with the Community Action Council of Howard County.
Two Habitat for Humanity chapters are saving homeowners more than $25,000 annually in energy bills by making smart energy efficiency upgrades.
The Baltimore organization Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc. improved 27 facilities and delivered annual energy savings of more than $131,000 to groups serving the city's underserved.