Mayor Rawlings-Blake Launches New Baltimore Energy Initiative
- Sep 12, 2014
The city of Baltimore has taken another step towards becoming more sustainable. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced on September 3 the launch of a new energy conservation and sustainability effort which will help thousands of residents, businesses and nonprofits across the city.
The Baltimore Energy Initiative (BEI), as it is called, is a multi-agency, city-wide program that will expand and streamline Baltimore’s energy conservation, education and outreach efforts, while also adding new ones. In order to achieve its goals, BEI will use a $52.8 million grant from the Public Service Commission of Maryland, over the next three years.
BEI will enable the city’s Weatherization Assistance Program to serve more residents and provide additional services. Through the initiative, Baltimore residents will be eligible to receive grants for the installation of cool roofs, and even obtain free trees. And it will also help the city’s senior population by providing access to fall prevention and safety services.
The Baltimore Energy Challenge Energy Efficiency Program is another program announced by BEI, which will help the city’s residents. It offers the free in-home installation of energy and water conservation equipment, like programmable thermostats, water-saving fixtures, pipe wraps, power strips, CO2 and smoke detectors, and energy-efficient light bulbs.
Nonprofits and businesses will also benefit from the initiative. Through BEI, they will be able to take advantage of a grant and low-interest loan program, to help cover the costs of energy-saving retrofits.
“The Baltimore Energy Initiative will help grow a more sustainable Baltimore, helping to spur future growth while supporting our hard working residents,” Mayor Rawlings-Blake said in a press statement. “This innovative, three-year program will help City agencies better meet critical needs and achieve broader city and state goals and provide long-term energy cost savings for our residents.”