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"Advancing Energy Efficiency at MDOT"
The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) has committed to reduce conventional energy use through efficiency measures and expansion of renewable energy sources.
By reducing conventional energy use, MDOT can generate revenue from renewable energy development, save Maryland taxpayers money, reduce harmful air emissions, and help Maryland meet its clean energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals.
The Department has installed solar, wind, and geothermal energy systems at a number of MDOT facilities.
These systems generate 1,829 megawatt hours annually, saving the State $200,000 and reducing our carbon dioxide emissions by 1,285 metric tons.
To put that in perspective, these renewable energy systems generated enough energy to power 150 homes for the year. This is a great start, but we want to do better.
To do so, MDOT has established a Solar Energy Contract and plans to install many more renewable energy systems on our properties throughout the State.
MDOT works diligently to increase energy efficiency. We completed a comprehensive Energy Plan that details our energy consumption, conservation strategies, and future energy conservation goals.
Existing energy conservation measures include: Energy Performance Contracts; lighting upgrades; participation in Demand Resource Programs; energy audits; building automation systems; submetering; system preservation (e.g., new roofs and windows); routine inspection and preventative maintenance programs; and tenant awareness programs.
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