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Montgomery Energy Connection has made the decision to put all face-to-face elements of our energy programming on pause until June 1st  in light of the current status of COVID-19.

We are following the recommendations from the state and CDC and hope to see you at our upcoming energy education events, light bulb exchanges, and other great Lighten Up events later this summer!

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 | Department of Environmental Protection

Energy BINGO

Earth Month activity: Online Energy BINGO

RESIDENTIAL: This Earth Month, we are excited to host Online Energy BINGO, and we have awesome prizes to give away! The Cities of Gaithersburg, Rockville, and Takoma Park and DEP are all working together to promote this activity this month. We are asking residents to show us how they are using less energy in their homes. All you need to do is download the BINGO board and  either tag us on Social Media using the hashtag #MCEnergyBingo or submit their photos to Show us what you are up to!

Energy Tips for While You from Work

Work from Home

RESIDENTIAL: During these unprecedented times, many of us are now working from home - and usually with kids in tow which means that we are using more electricity and water every day. We want to make sure that you are staying comfortable and healthy in your homes, but being home for extended periods of time can make utility bills skyrocket. This blog post will give you tips to help keep your utility costs manageable.

Rule Your Attic

RESIDENTIAL: Did you know that 9 out of 10 homes in the United States are under insulated? ENERGY STAR has a new program called Rule Your Attic to help you determine how your attic measures up. Usually we would suggest you scheduling a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Audit through your utility supplier but in these uncertain times, you can do it yourself with EPA’s guide. There are three easy steps: measure, get solutions, fix and save. Find out more at Rule Your Attic.

rule Attic

Small Business Loans Available


COMMERCIAL: Montgomery County is offering up $20 million in grants for businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak. County businesses or nonprofits with 100 or fewer full-time employees that can show significant financial losses due to mandated closures from the Maryland state government are eligible to apply for the grants. These businesses can apply for up to $75,000 from the county’s new “Public Health Emergency Grant Program.” The funds can be used to pay for employee wages and benefits, taxes, debt, rent or other operating costs that need to be paid immediately. A quarter of the funding pool will be reserved for restaurants and retailers.

My Green Montgomery Green Jobs Board

My Green Montgomery

The My Green Montgomery Green Jobs Board will help you find green jobs in our region.  We post jobs for free, if they:

  • are green jobs (focused on energy, sustainability, water, trees, community greening, environmental ed, etc.)
  • based in the DC or Baltimore regions. Jobs in Montgomery County or easy for our residents to commute to work!

We pre-approve each job before posting, but we do not guarantee the length of time jobs will be posted. To look for new job opportunities, click here.

Energy News Roundup


The Montgomery County Energy Team receives tons of newsletters and articles every day, and these are a few articles that we wanted to share this month. These articles range from county, state, national and international stories, we hope you find them as interesting as we did.

Clean Energy Extensions: Solar Energy Industries Association and American Wind Energy Association wrote a letter to Congress detailing the challenges the renewable energy faces in the U.S. due to the COVID-19 pandemic and offering solutions to ensure work opportunities and establish a new clean energy grid during the crisis,

Climate Change and Clean Energy: The novel coronavirus is also changing how we consume energy and address climate change. Here are ten ways that we are seeing changes, 

Energy Democracy: Paying the electric bill has a meaningful impact in most times of economic stress, with the threat of a utility shut off. This article discusses how decentralized and democratized energy systems might help us weather things like the COVID-19 pandemic,

Fashion: From carbon-negative polyester to dissolvable thread, a lot of seriously cool and surprising startups are making waves in the apparel industry, check out these five:

Geothermal: Tim Latimer’s San Francisco startup, Fervo Energy, hopes to use that heat to create a far cleaner energy future,

Interconnection: The Maryland Public Service Commission adopted updated rules for connecting distributed energy resources (such as solar and energy storage systems) to the electric grid,

LEDs:  LEDs in India shows that locking in low-carbon sustainable economic growth requires a long-term strategy,

Movie Theaters: Cinemark recently signed a nine-year VPPA for 40 MW of wind power - enough to cover the energy needs of 120 of its theaters,

Offshore Wind: According to the most recent data from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), 6.1 GW of offshore wind capacity was added to the mix in 2019, a record year for the industry,

Old Dominion Electric: Customers in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware will soon have access to increased renewable energy through the development of 15 distributed solar projects to provide services through Old Dominion Electric Cooperative,

PACE Financing: Hospitality businesses across Minnesota are finding ways to save thousands of dollars on energy costs while at the same time meeting their sustainability goals. That’s a big deal for the bottom line and a great story to tell customers,

Renewable Energy: Almost three-quarters of new electricity generation capacity built in 2019 uses renewable energy, representing a record. New data from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) shows solar, wind and other green technologies now provide more than one-third of the world’s power, marking another record,

Renewable Energy: The renewable-energy business is expected to keep growing, though more slowly, in contrast to fossil fuel companies, which have been hammered by low oil and gas prices,

Residential Energy Demand: While commercial building energy use has decreased, shelter in place has meant that residential energy usage is going up,

Solar for All: The solar market is rapidly expanding and, unfortunately, it is replicating the same disparities as the old fossil fuel-based one. There are three examples of how people/organizations are trying to be more equitable,

Wastewater Energy: Wastewater energy isn’t necessarily new, but it is getting some updates and improvements,

Wind: Developers are set to boost capacity by 9% this year to 66,422 megawatts, the figures are the latest in a series of downward revisions for growth in renewable energy as the spread of the coronavirus disrupts supply chains and investment plans worldwide.


Events: April & May 2020

Montgomery Energy Connection has made the decision to put all face-to-face elements of our energy programming on pause until June 1st in light of the current status of COVID-19. 

There are still many opportunities to learn from home, check out these opportunities: 

April 16, 2020 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Virtual Workshop on Maryland Community Solar

April 17-26, 2020 
Screen the movie,
The Human Element

April 21, 2020 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm 
Urban Elephant Media Webinar
Telling the full carbon story of your design

April 21, 2020 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm 
USGBC: Virtual Tour & Presentation: WELL Gold & LEED Gold Hord Coplan Macht Baltimore

April 29, 2020 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm 
Best Practices in Remote Building Management: Operating Buildings from Your Bedroom

May 5, 2020 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Absolute Zero: A Climate Strategy for Business Resilience

May 7, 2020 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Organizing a Renewable Energy Buying Consortium to Cut Energy Costs and Curb Carbon Emissions: How We Did It & How You Can Too

May 21, 2020 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm
USGBC: Make Energy Cents – Residential Energy Tips to Help Lower Costs