Comprehensive Energy Plan
The Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP) includes goals for reduction in Frederick County energy use related to renewable energy. The CEP contains the following recommendations:
Buildings Recommendation 2.9: Purchase either renewable energy certificates or direct purchase electricity generated from renewable sources for 15% of Frederick County’s electricity requirement starting in 2013. Purchase additional renewable electricity when the waste-to-energy facility comes online. (Frederick County is currently locked into electric rates through November 2014 with no renewable source. It was bid, but the prices were too high.)
Buildings Recommendation 2.17: Utilize future energy-related technology advances as they become available to reduce Frederick County’s use of non-renewable energy.
Utilities and Solid Waste Facilities Recommendation 4.1: Continue the landfill gas recovery and electricity generation project which will be able to produce up to 2 megawatts of renewable electricity.
Utilities and Solid Waste Facilities Recommendation 4.2: Pursue construction of a regional municipal waste-to-energy project that can provide 45 megawatts of renewable electricity beginning in 2015.
Utilities and Solid Waste Facilities Recommendation 4.3: Re-evaluate the option for the installation of a photovoltaic solar technology project in 5 years.
Sustainable Action Plan
The Sustainable Action Plan (SAP) echoes the goals of the CEP and recommends 3 activities in the conserving energy and reducing emissions goals of the 5-Year Action Plan that relate to renewable energy:
Identify county-owned sites and buildings where on-site renewable energy is feasible. Implement projects on an individual or collective basis when funding is available.
Investigate cost-effective opportunities for purchase of renewable energy certificates or direct purchase electricity generated from renewable sources.
Staff in facilities and project services has proposed a systemic Capital Improvement Program that will help with energy efficiency projects to support implementation of the Comprehensive Energy Plan beginning Fiscal Year 2014.