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Wednesday, June 17, 2020 | Department of Environmental Protection


Energy Express Goes Virtual

RESIDENTIAL: Let your imagination fly this year with our 4th year bringing Energy Express to every library in the County. This year’s Summer Reading theme is “Imagine Your Story” and, of course, we have a virtual presentation with an energy twist, to bring students. Every presentation will be provided by our P.O.W.E.R. (Peer Outreach with Energy Resources) students and will completely different because of the choose your own adventure style of presentation. Find a presentation today and then sign up on the MCPL website under Virtual Events

Summer Energy Tips from Washington Gas

summer tips

RESIDENTIAL: Whether or not you are a Washington Gas customer, they have sent us ten tips that will help you lower your utility costs during the summer! Take a look at these tips to see if there are ways for you to help keep money in your pocket during this time of year. 

Partners in Energy: Meet Bryan Bomer!

Bryan Bomer

COUNTY: At DEP, we truly believe that our partners are key to making Montgomery County as green as it can be. This series profiles a local leader, advocate, or trailblazer who is dedicated to improving energy efficiency and helping the county realize its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by the year 2050. Find out more about Bryan Bomer, Green Building Manager with Department of Permitting Services.

New EV Charging Guidelines

ev charging

COUNTY: The Solar Co-op this year also includes electric vehicle (EV) charging, have you joined yet? Montgomery County’s Department of Permitting Services (DPS) and the Department of Transportation (MCDOT released its first ever guidelines for installing EV)charging stations at home. The guidelines regulate and provide for permitting the installation of privately-owned car charging stations in garages, driveways and in the public right of way adjacent to County streets. The new guidelines can be viewed here.

Benchmarking Updates


COMMERCIAL: The building energy benchmarking deadline was June 1st. So far DEP has received reports from 650 properties spanning over 80.5 million gross square feet. If you own or manage a business that is 50,000 square feet or greater and have not yet reported please contact for more information and help with complying.

Join the Gaithersburg Environmental Affairs Committee


MUNICIPALITIES: The City of Gaithersburg has three vacancies on the Environmental Affairs Committee (EAC). The EAC advises the Mayor and City Council on environmental issues, promotes environmental education and outreach activities, and explores new environmental initiatives. If you live or work in in the City of Gaithersburg, we encourage you to come to a meeting and see if you would like to join us.  Check out our website or email for more information. 

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.

Bike: The United States is facing a shortage of bicycles as anxiety over public transportation and a desire to exercise has sent the demand surging,

Carbon Dioxide: The amount of CO2 in the air in May 2020 hit an average of slightly greater than 417 parts per million (ppm). This is the highest monthly average value ever recorded, and is up from 414.7 ppm in May of last year,

Climate Change:  Breaking our addiction to  fossil fuels and moving on to superior and sustainable renewable energy means we should be looking to create a 12 step program,

Electric Cars: Worldwide electric car registrations are set to fall 18% this year, but those of combustion engine cars are set to drop even faster,

Food: Reducing food waste is the No. 1 solution for reversing global warming. Eating plant-rich diets ranks No. 3,

Hydrogen: An energy company is going to produce the clean fuel of the future, creating hydrogen from plasma heating technology — originally developed for NASA — to disintegrate the city’s paper recyclables at temperatures as high as 7,000 degrees Fahrenheit,

Oil: The nation’s biggest oil and gas companies could end up even bigger by the end of the coronavirus pandemic. Analysts expect a coming wave of bankruptcies should the price of oil remain low,

Parks: Trust for Public Land created 2020 Parkscore Index that ranks the country’s largest 100 cities on a variety of park-focused metrics,

Renewable Energy: The momentum behind the renewable energy transition is unstoppable. To date, 162 local governments, 13 states and the District of Columbia, and 229 global companies have committed to 100% renewable energy,

Renewable Energy: In 2019, U.S. annual energy consumption from renewable sources exceeded coal consumption for the first time since before 1885, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Monthly Energy Review,

Seasons: The Earth is warming and disturbing the balance of the seasons. Data makes it clear that summers are expanding while winters are substantially shortening,

Storage: Energy storage poised to tackle grid challenges from rising EVs as mobile chargers bring new flexibility,

Snow: Green snow created by blooming algae in the Antarctic Peninsula is likely to spread as temperatures increase as a result of climate change, researchers have said, after creating the first large-scale map of the organisms and their movements,

Thrive Montgomery 2050: Planning Board and community members provide feedback and direction on next steps for update to the county’s General Plan; Working Draft of the plan scheduled for presentation September 2020,

Virtual Events: June & July 2020


Event Spotlight: Solar Co-op Info Sessions
Signing up for the co-op is free and attending an informational session is also FREE!! Find out more about how to go solar by attending one of our fun, interactive presentations. In July, we will also be partnering with MiscDistillery on a Happy Hour! 

June 24, 2020 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Rockville Solar Info Session

June 24 & 25
American Solar Energy Society Virtual Conference

June 30, 2020 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Energy Express

June 30, 2020 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
USGBC NCR: Women in Green - Landing a Job in the New Virtual World

July 2, 2020 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Energy Express

July 7, 2020 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Energy Express

July 9, 2020 at 11:00 am
Energy Express

July 14, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Energy Express

July 15, 2020 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Solar Happy Hour with MISC Distillery

July 16, 2020 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Energy Express

July 20, 2020 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm
UUCR Environmental Action Group “Let the Sun Shine” Solar Info Session

July 21, 2020 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Energy Express

July 23, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Energy Express

July 25, 2020 from 4:00 – 5:15 pm
USBGC – NCR: EP Career Campfire: Green Careers in the Building Industry

July 28, 2020 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Energy Express