DHMH Secretary Sharfstein (center) is presented with the Maryland Energy Cup by Governor O'Malley
and DGS Secretary Collins.
(ANNAPOLIS, MD) - Recognizing energy efficiency in State government is key to achieving Maryland's environmental and climate goals, today Governor Martin O'Malley and Department of General Services (DGS) Secretary Alvin Collins presented the Maryland Energy Cup Awards to agencies significantly reducing energy consumption. Overall, State government is on track to achieve energy efficiency targets established by the O'Malley-Brown Administration.
"As we take on the challenge of building a sustainable energy future, Maryland and her State agencies are leading by example by setting a goal to reduce energy consumption by 15 percent by 2015," said Governor Martin O'Malley. "Since 2008, your State government has reduced energy consumption by 11 percent. We've made progress by setting real goals with specific deadlines, measuring our performance openly for all to see, and driving real results for the people we serve."
One of the challenges State agencies face is making older facilities more energy efficient. With assistance from DGS, Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs) are used to cover the cost of energy efficiency projects through utility bill savings realized over time. Agency energy use is publicly tracked through the State Energy Database, which is a web-based system. 16 agencies, which account for 80 percent of the State's energy use, are ranked each year in the Agency Energy Competition.
"We're showing that State government can take an active role in reducing energy use and in turn help save taxpayer dollars," said DGS Secretary Alvin C. Collins. "From lighting upgrades to infrastructure improvements, these projects are making a big impact on energy efficiency statewide, and are part of DGS' ongoing commitment to Doing Great Service for Maryland."
Winners of the FY 2013 Maryland Energy Cup:
First Place in Total Energy Reduction:
For lowering overall energy consumption by 47 percent since 2008, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) took First Place in Total Energy Reduction. An EPC at Spring Grove Hospital Center contributed substantially to the overall energy savings at DHMH. The 30 building campus, which was founded in 1797, received lighting upgrades, water conservation improvements and a more energy efficient heating system.
"I am honored to accept this award on behalf of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene," said Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, DHMH Secretary. "The support of DGS helped us to aggressively replace and upgrade inefficient infrastructures at just about all DHMH facilities."
First Place in Electricity Reduction:
The State Highway Administration (SHA) received First Place in Electricity Reduction for cutting electricity use by 28 percent since 2008. Through the combination of an EPC and an individual energy efficiency project, SHA converted all of its highway signs, and all of its 3,000 traffic lights statewide to LED lamps (light-emitting diode). The LEDs improve safety, lower energy costs and require less frequent maintenance. SHA's total energy savings over the 15 year term of the EPC amounts to approximately $35 million.
"SHA's employees are committed to reducing energy consumption and we are pleased to accept this award in recognition of their efforts," said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters. "As technology advances we will continue to research, pilot new alternatives and implement enhancements."
Most Improved in Energy Reduction:
The agency recognized as Most Improved in Energy Reduction was the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) which jumped from 9th place to 2nd place for total energy reduction, representing a 41 percent reduction since 2008. An EPC allowed DPSCS to upgrade the steam system at the Jessup correctional facilities which has significantly reduced natural gas usage and water consumption.
"Even though our correctional facilities are large, around-the-clock operations, we are serious about saving energy," says Gregg Hershberger, Secretary of the MD Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. "Our 41 percent reduction proves our employees' commitment to this."
Best State Energy Database Participation:
The Maryland Military Department received the Best State Energy Database Participation Award for going above and beyond in its efforts to maintain the completion and accuracy of utility data in the State Energy Database. The Military Department submits an average of 182 utility bills each month, and boasts a near complete data set. This is important as the data is used to determine trends, catch billing errors, identify poor performing facilities and track successes.
"I am proud of the efforts of our Military Department employees to conserve energy," said Maj. Gen. James A. Adkins, the adjutant general of Maryland. "The first step in energy conservation is accurate data regarding our energy consumption."
The results of the 16 Agency Energy Competition for FY13 can be found at:http://www.dgs.maryland.gov/energy/AgencyCharts/index.html