What are you doing this weekend? Stop by an appliance store for ENERGY STAR Tax Free savings!

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This monthly newsletter is a way to distribute and transmit all things energy-related to our community.

Montgomery Energy Connection is a network of County Government and community partners. Created to provide customized education on the benefits of energy efficiency, availability of programs, and opportunities for assistance.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 | Montgomery Energy Connection


Tax Free Weekend

ENERGY STAR Tax Free Weekend

RESIDENTIAL: Each year over the President’s Day weekend, Maryland shoppers can take advantage of our state’s Shop Maryland Energy Tax Free Weekend and save the 6% sales tax on qualifying ENERGY STAR appliances; beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, February 19, through midnight on Monday February 21, 2022. You can even stop by a participating Home Depot for some fun, energy saving swag and chat with an Energy Ambassador (see the Out and About section for dates and locations)! 


Still Time to 🍻 to FeBREWary

FeBREWary

RESIDENTIAL: There is still time to stop by a local brewery for a tasty beverage and to swap out your old incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs (up to three per person).

And, while you're there you can kick gas two other ways by pledging to purchase an electric vehicle and switching to solar. Our Energy Ambassadors are there to provide you with everything you need to make this FeBREWary a energy efficient one. 

NEW ADDITION - we will be pairing up with Acoustics and Ales for their next three events to bring you more opportunities to swap out those bulbs (see the Out and About section for dates and locations)! 


Go Electric on March 19th

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RESIDENTIAL: Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection is hosting the first ever Go Electric event on Saturday, March 19, 2022, rain or shine at Montgomery College, North Campus Drive, Rockville. This is an opportunity to learn about special March discounts and rebates on electric leaf blowers at ACE stores in Montgomery County, swap out your old incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs, and tour electric cars in person and learn about car charging systems. This event is FREE to all participants and will provide you with information to Go Electric in your home, yard, and community.


Neighborhood Sun Helps Bring Energy Equity to Montgomery County

Neighborhood Sun

RESIDENTIAL: The Oaks Landfill community solar project is a groundbreaking project for Montgomery County and Maryland as a whole. This solar farm, constructed, owned, and operated by Ameresco Inc., will be located on 16 acres of the former Oaks Landfill in Gaithersburg.

Additionally, this is the largest community solar farm in the country to reserve 100% of its power for low- and moderate-income (LMI) residents who receive their electricity via Pepco. This ensures residents who qualify as LMI to receive 25% savings on their electricity costs every month. Plus, LMI housing complexes can subscribe and provide clean energy and savings for their residents. Learn more and see if you qualify here. 


energy summit

2022 Energy Summit Registration Opens!

COMMERCIAL: Over the past eight years, the annual Montgomery County Energy Summit has offered cutting-edge education focused on the latest trends in green building, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and related commercial, multifamily, and residential topics in Montgomery County. This year’s Summit will focus on Innovation in three topic areas: Technology Implementation, Policy & Program Design, and Creativity in Financing Projects.

April 5 - Online and In-person at the Silver Spring Civic Building  (1 Veterans Plaza Silver Spring, MD)
April 6 - Online

Please register here. 


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Green Building Now Act

COUNTY: Montgomery County Council passed the Montgomery County Green Buildings Now Act which allocates 10% of the fuel-energy tax revenue each year to the Montgomery County Green Bank (Green Bank). Through this approach, the Green Bank could receive an estimated $18 million annually in funding to support clean energy projects in the County. This legislation for Green Bank funding will provide the depth of resources needed for the Green Bank to partner with private capital to meet the market demand for clean energy projects and to accelerate progress on equitably meeting the County’s greenhouse gas reduction goals.


Job Board

Current Jobs

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

  • 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

The News Roundup

Energy is all around us and there is a lot happening in the world. We have compiled some interesting stories and articles to share with you. These stories will LINK you to what energy stories are happening in the world.

Carbon Sinks: Researchers from University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) have discovered that carbon is being delivered and stored in the deep ocean through marine snow, this could remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere: www.eurekalert.org/

Charging Stations: Soon there could be charging stations every 50 miles along the highway as part of the Biden administration’s plan to spur widespread adoption of the zero-emission cars: www.theguardian.com

Clean Energy: A giant donut-shaped machine just proved a near-limitless clean power source is possible: www.cnn.com

Coal: Duke Energy will eliminate 95 percent of its coal-fired energy production by the end of the decade and shut down all of its coal plants by 2035 — 13 years ahead of its previous timeline: www.news.duke-energy.com

Distribution: Two opinions about the state of distribution in Maryland - 1) David S. Lapp, Director of the Office of People’s Counsel, which represents consumers on utility policy issues in Maryland and 2) Jason M. Stanek, Chair of the Maryland Public Service Commission, the state’s utility regulator. 

Electric Cars: Battery-powered vehicles are a plus for the climate but pose a big threat to carmakers and parts suppliers that are slow to change: 
www.nytimes.com

Energy: This new company, Energy Vault will enable us to store excess energy in an energy vault: www.forbes.com

Gas Stoves: Just like vampire loads, your gas stove can release methane even when it’s off: www.npr.org

Indoor Air Quality: What type of hood do you have? You may want to upgrade to improve indoor air quality, energy efficiency, and your health: www.probuilder.com

LIHEAP: There are a lot of acronyms out there, LIHEAP, stands for Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Heating and Cooling Relief Act is hoping to increase eligibility for residents: www.dailyenergyinsider.com


upcoming events

Out and About

Throughout the month, we participate and host events online and in person - this is the best way to find out where we are going to be in the next few weeks. 

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm – 7 Locks Brewing, 12227 Wilkins Ave, Rockville, 20852 for FeBREWary

Thursday, February 17, 2022 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm – Waredaca Brewing Company, 4017 Damascus Rd, Gaitherburg, 20882 for FeBREWary

Friday, February 18, 2022 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm – Lone Oak Brewery, 5000 Olney Laytonsville Rd, Olney,  20832 for FeBREWary

Saturday, February 19, 2022 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM : Home Depot, Bethesda, 7111 Westlake Terrace, Bethesda, MD 20817 for ENERGY STAR Tax Free Weekend 2022

Sunday, February 20, 2022 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Home Depot, Aspen Hill, 14000 Georgia Ave, Aspen Hill, MD 20906 for ENERGY STAR Tax Free Weekend 2022

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 from 1:00 - 3:30 pm - ONLINE for Career Fair hosted by EPA's Office of Water

Thursday, February 24, 2022 from 5:00 - 7:30 pm - Elm Street Urban Park for Acoustics and Ales 

Friday, February 25, 2022 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm - ONLINE for Tech and Energy Workshop

Friday, February 25, 2022 from 5:00 - 7:30 pm - Arora Hills Local Park for Acoustics and Ales 

Friday, March 4, 2022 from 5:00 - 7:30 pm - Acorn Urban Park for Acoustics and Ales 

Saturday, March 5, 2022 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm - ONLINE for Contemporary Conversations with Elizabeth Kolbert – in conversation with Adriana Hochberg

Saturday, March 12, 2022 from 11:00 - 2:00 pm - Lake Needwood Trails for Parks Ale Trail