The Maryland Public Service Commission, in an order issued on June 19, said that energy efficiency, conservation, and demand response plans from such entities as Potomac Edison and Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) for the 2021-2023 EmPOWER Maryland program cycle are due by Sept. 1.
Other entities to file their plans are Delmarva Power, Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco), Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO), Washington Gas Light, and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DCHD).
The commission added that it will conduct a hearing on Oct. 25 on the fifth semi-annual reports for the 2018-2020 program cycle, and that it plans to conduct a hearing on the 2021-2023 plans from Oct. 26 through Oct. 29.
Noting that it will be more efficient and cost effective to open a new proceeding for the 2021-2023 EmPOWER Maryland programs, the commission said that a new docket, Case No. 9648, is initiated for the review of the 2021-2023 plans.
As noted on the Maryland Energy Administration’s website, the Maryland General Assembly in 2008 passed the EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act, which set a target reduction of 15% in per capita electricity consumption and demand by 2015 from a 2007 baseline. EmPOWER Maryland is the state’s energy efficiency program with an original goal of a 15% reduction in energy use and 15% reduction in peak demand per capita by 2015 (based on 2007 levels), the site noted. The EmPOWER Maryland is a state-level initiative aimed at reducing Maryland’s electricity usage 25% by 2020, the site said.
EmPOWER programs are managed by Potomac Edison, BGE, Delmarva Power, Pepco, SMECO, and Washington Gas Light, the site noted, adding that the DCHD administers programs for low-income customers. According to the site, programs include lighting and appliance rebates for homeowners and energy efficiency services for industrial facilities.