Join us tonight for the Solar Happy Hour with MISCellaneous Distillery and learn about the Co-op

Montgomery Energy Connection newsletter banner

Montgomery Energy Connection

Network of customized education on the benefits of energy efficiency, availability of programs, and opportunities for assistance for residents in Montgomery County, MD

Brought to you by DEP Energy

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 | Department of Environmental Protection

Solar Happy hour

Join us for a Solar Happy Hour

RESIDENTIAL: At this Digital Happy Hour, you'll learn about solar benefits for your home or small business. Solar United Neighbors will take you through the technology, economics, financing, and more. You'll also learn about the 4th solar co-op in Montgomery County. The co-op is free to join and members are *not* obligated to buy solar panels. And this Happy Hour is with MISCellaneous Distillery and they are offering Solar Happy Hour Kits! If you order by 1:00 pm they will deliver it in time for the Happy Hour tonight. We hope you are able to attend,  support a local business, and learn about the co-op in a fun, interactive way. Register for the Happy Hour here.  

Meet the P.O.W.E.R Students teaching Energy Express


RESIDENTIAL: This is the second year that DEP Energy has partnered with Audubon Naturalist Society to train high school students to provide presentations for students. Since 2017, DEP has been providing presentations for Montgomery County Public Libraries as part of their Summer Reading Program. Every year, we take the summer reading theme and add an energy twist. For the last two years, high school students have helped make that connection and created the presentations. Lulu August, a rising Junior at Richard Montgomery and a P.O.W.E.R. student wrote a blog post about the experience.

Moratorium on Utility Shut-offs and Late Fees Ends August 1st


RESIDENTIAL:  On June 29, 2020, Governor Hogan issued an amended Executive Order extending the prohibition on residential utility service terminations and late fees until August 1, 2020. This means that on August 1st, utility companies can charge you for the last four months of utility usage and late fees. If you had an outstanding bill before the moratorium was put in place, that amount would also be due. Make sure you are taking these 3 steps so you don't have a huge bill on August 1st. 

All aBout Codes – the ABCs of Building Codes and Their Role in Green Buildings

new home

COMMERCIAL: I-codes? IECC? IgCC? As a building operator, homeowner, or environmental advocate, you may be confused or curious about the alphabet soup of building codes at work behind the scenes to help protect our health, safety, and welfare in buildings where we live, work, and play. Building codes play a big role in making sure new homes and buildings are built to be safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient. Check out our My Green Montgomery post for a primer on building codes and their role in helping us tackle the climate crisis.

The Green Bank is Helping Building Owners

green bank

COUNTY: Montgomery County savings, comfort, and health for their properties and tenants. In this new video, hear what building owners are saying about achieving efficiency, comfort, and healthy indoor air quality outcomes for their properties and tenants, and how the Montgomery County Green Bank helped them achieve their goals.

Wheaton Library/Community Center Earns LEED Gold Certification


COUNTY: Montgomery County’s Wheaton Library and Community Recreation Center has earned Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The LEED Gold certification is one of the highest ratings available in the green building certification program. The 92,000-square foot complex, located at 11701 Georgia Ave., is the County’s first combined multiplex to include a library, community recreation center, Friends of the Library used bookstore, and local park. The facility opened on Sept. 8, 2019.  

My Green Montgomery

My Green Montgomery Green Jobs Board

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: Inside Clean Energy created a list of the states where you save the most on fuel by choosing an electric vehicle,

Electric Car Routes: The network continues to expand at a rapid pace, opening more than one EV fast charging station every business day and nearing completion of a second cross-country route across the South,

Electric Charging: BloombergNEF’s latest Long-Term Electric Vehicle Outlook predicts that EVs sales will experience a smaller dip than traditional auto sales as a result of the broader economic squeeze, and that they’ll bounce back more quickly once the market recovers,

Energy Burden: The University of California, Berkeley’s Energy Institute at Haas found that, when controlling for year, income, household size and city of residence, Black renters paid $273 more per year for energy than white renters between 2010 and 2017,

Electric Trucks: More than a dozen states are teaming up to boost sales of pickup trucks, school buses and big rigs that run entirely on electricity and do not pump climate-warming pollution into the air,

Equity:  Energy efficiency programs and renewable energy can help address some of the disparities African Americans and other minorities face from fossil fuels, advocates say,

Lyft: The ride-hailing company Lyft revealed that it plans to electrify every car on its platform — those owned by Lyft and rented to drivers as well as cars owned by drivers — by 2030,

Shipping: Samsung Heavy Industries Co. and Bloom Energy have announced an agreement to develop cleaner power for ships by jointly designing fuel cell-powered vessels that will reduce carbon emissions and help improve air quality,

Solar: The cost of U.S. solar power is dropping faster than expected as the coronavirus stifles demand, according to a report from Wood Mackenzie,

Transit: For the past decade, mass transit has been the engine driving economic development in major American cities. But as those cities emerge from their pandemic-induced comas, their workers’ preferred method of commute — if they commute at all — has flipped,

Water: Millions of ordinary Americans are facing rising and unaffordable bills for running water, and risk being disconnected or losing their homes if they cannot pay,

Wind: Dominion Energy and its partner Ørsted have completed installation of the second offshore wind facility ever built in U.S. waters, the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind pilot located 30 miles off Virginia Beach,

Wind Turbines: James Madison University students earned first-place honors at this year’s U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition,

Webinars: July & August 2020


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 23, 2020 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm
USGBC NCR: A Midsummer Night’s Green
Commercial Energy Program Manager Emily Curley will be giving opening remarks

July 27 - 31, 2020
USGBC Summer Camp at Home

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

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

July 31, 2020 at 11:00 – 12:00 pm  
Senior Planet Montgomery: Make Energy Cents

August 4, 2020 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Energy Express

August 6, 2020 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Energy Express

August 7, 2020 at 11:00 – 12:00 pm  
Senior Planet Montgomery: Pay Your Energy Bill Online