City’s $52M Award from Public Service Commission
to Benefit Baltimore Energy Challenge
The Department of Planning and the Office of
Sustainability are proud to announce the Baltimore Energy Challenge's
successful funding proposal to the Public Service Commission (PSC) and
the Customer Investment Fund.
In June of 2012, the
City of Baltimore submitted a comprehensive proposal to the PSC in response to their request for proposals under a newly
created Customer Investment Fund. The Customer Investment Fund is a direct result
of the approved merger of Constellation Energy and Exelon.
The Department of
Planning, Office of Sustainability, in partnership with Baltimore Community
Foundation and Civic Works, created the Baltimore Energy Challenge in 2009. The
Baltimore Energy Challenge is a core component of the Office of Sustainability,
and uses peer-to-peer networking to motivate residents and businesses to lower
their energy use and save money. The program is nationally recognized, and has
become Baltimore’s trusted energy efficiency resource center.
The core components
of the Baltimore Energy Challenge were woven through the City of Baltimore’s
CREATES (Coordinating Resources to Effectively Align & Transform Energy
Services) proposal. The proposal effectively detailed a comprehensive
streamlined approach to providing energy conservation services to residents and
businesses across the City.
The PSC awarded the
City $52 million in funds to administer the innovative proposal. These funds
will bolster efforts of the City’s Weatherization Assistance Program, advance
and expand the Baltimore Energy Challenge and Civic Works’ Project Lightbulb
program, provide retro-fit funding for non-profit organizations, and fund an
advanced co-generation program for City government.
We are excited to
announce this award and look forward to expanding the Baltimore Energy
Challenge to reach more residents and businesses, and to help residents of
Baltimore continue efforts to save money and energy.
TransForm Baltimore Hearings Continue
TransForm Baltimore was introduced by the City Council as City Council
Bill 12-0152 -TransForm Baltimore, and is currently being heard by the Planning Commission at a seres of public hearings scheduled throughout the City.
The legislation includes both the text and maps of the new
zoning code. Electronic copies of the text and maps, and important background
information, can be found at the TransForm Baltimore website here.
We encourage you to review this bill and/or maps,
and invite you to attend one of the planning commission's hearings.
PLEASE NOTE, for one hour prior to the hearing start time, Planning Department staff will be on hand to answer
general or specific property based questions. Staff will also be available to
answer questions throughout the hearing.
SCHEDULE OF REMAINING HEARINGS*:
Saturday, January 5, 2013, 11am,
Poly/Western High School
Thursday, January 24, 2013, 5pm,
Southeast Regional Library
Thursday, February 21, 2013, 6pm, Morgan
Thursday, March 7, 2013, TBA, Planning
*Hearings are subject to change; please check our
CITY COUNCIL HEARING
Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 5pm, City Hall
- 4th Floor
If you can not attend the hearings, we will also be accepting written testimony at
ZoningCode@baltimorecity.gov or by mail to 417 E. Fayette St. 8th Floor,
Baltimore, MD 21202. If you have any questions or concerns prior to the
hearings, please feel free to contact us at (410) 396-5173.
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