RELEASE: Mayor Rawlings-Blake Announces Baltimore Energy Initiative

City of Baltimore

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

City of Baltimore

250 City Hall • Baltimore, Maryland 21202 • 410-396-3835 • Fax: 410-576-9425

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Caron A. Brace

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Announces Baltimore Energy Initiative 

$52.8 Million Grant to Expand, Streamline Energy Conservation Programs

BALTIMORE, Md. (September 4, 2014)—Yesterday, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the Baltimore Energy Initiative (BEI), a multi-agency, city-wide program to expand and streamline the City's energy conservation programs and education and outreach efforts.

Funded by a $52 million grant from the Public Service Commission of Maryland, BEI will support a number of existing City programs—supplementing the mayor's efforts to grow a sustainable city by reducing Baltimore City's energy use, while promoting local investment.

"The Baltimore Energy Initiative will help grow a more sustainable Baltimore, helping to spur future growth while supporting our hard working residents," said Mayor Rawlings-Blake. "This innovative, three-year program will help City agencies better meet critical needs and achieve broader city and state goals and provide long-term energy cost savings for our residents."

Among the programs announced is the Baltimore Energy Challenge Energy Efficiency Program, offering Baltimore City residents free in-home installation of energy and water conservation equipment, such as programmable thermostats, water-saving fixtures, pipe wraps, power strips, CO2 and smoke detectors, and energy-efficient light bulbs.

BEI will enable Baltimore City's Weatherization Assistance Program to serve more residents, as well as provide additional services, such as roof repairs and furnace replacements. Additionally, BEI will provide access to fall prevention and safety services for Baltimore's senior population.

Nonprofits and businesses can take advantage of a grant and low-interest loan program through BEI, which will help cover the costs of energy-saving retrofits including new energy-efficient appliances, lighting, and HVAC systems.

Through BEI, residents are also eligible to receive free estimates for cool roofing, apply for roofing subsidies, and obtain free trees. 

Residents and businesses are invited to learn more about the BEI by calling 311 or 410-396-5917, or by email at      

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