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Description

This project provides for the design and implementation of energy savings projects in various County facilities and locations using funds obtained through the merger of Exelon Corporation, Pepco Holdings Inc., Potomac Electric Power Company, and Delmarva Power & Light Company ("Exelon/PHI merger"), approved by the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) per Order No. 86990 on May 15, 2015. Projects include lighting retrofits, heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) controls upgrades and equipment replacement including chillers, condensing units and air handling units.
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Phase

Ongoing

Status

New
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Budget Snapshot
$6.2M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$6.2M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Estimated Schedule

Projects are identified and scheduled based on energy savings potential, reduced maintenance costs, overall cost savings, and quantifiable environmental benefits. Schedule is subject to change based on project need. Currently planned projects include:

FY21: Upper County Community Recreation Center and Pool; Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, Scotland Neighborhood Recreation Center; Holiday Park Senior Center; Gwendolyn Coffield Community Recreation Center, David F. Bone Equipment Maintenance and Transit Operations Center (EMTOC); Potomac Community Recreation Center; and Fire Station #10 (Cabin John Volunteer Fire Station)

FY22: Jane Lawton Community Recreation Center; Public Safety Headquarters (PSHQ); Veteran's Plaza Civic Center; Gaithersburg Highway Maintenance Facility; Fire and Rescue Maintenance Depot (Southlawn); and Alternate Emergency Communications Center

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Justification

The Exelon/PHI (PHI) merger, approved by the Maryland PSC per Order No. 86990 on May 15, 2015 and Order No. 88128 on April 12, 2017 regarding the Most Favored Nation Provision, resulted in the County receiving over $40 million, of which $8.4 million was designated to establish a Green Sustainability Fund. The County will use $6.7 million of these funds for this project to establish a revolving funding mechanism to implement energy savings projects in public facilities. Generally, projects will pay for themselves over several years. Significant reductions in energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and maintenance are expected.
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Other

Staff from the Department of General Services (DGS), Department of Finance (FIN), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and County Attorney (OCA) are coordinating the development of processes and monitoring of energy savings in order ensure funds are revolving as intended by the terms of the merger. Energy savings are not expected to be realized until the completion of the first round of projects in FY22 and FY23.
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Fiscal Note

A total of $6.7 million was originally appropriated in the Restricted Donation Fund in FY19. Approximately $500,000 is expected to be spent in FY20 from the Restricted Donation Fund to fund the initial round of projects, including: Potomac Library, Upper County Community Recreation Center and Pool, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, and Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center. The remaining funds of $6.2 million will be shifted to this new CIP in FY21.

Projects are also expected to be eligible for utility incentives during and after implementation; utility incentives will offset the use of the merger funds. Merger funds cannot be used to supplant existing County funding for projects, including staff charges.

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Coordination

Department of General Services, Department of Finance, Office of Management and Budget, County Attorney
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Budget Snapshot
$6.2M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$6.2M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Project Details
Project NumberP362105
Date Last Modified06/11/20
Administering AgencyGeneral Services
CategoryGeneral Government
SubCategoryCounty Offices and Other Improvements
Planning AreaCountywide
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Total Expenditures by Cost Element (000s)
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Total Funding by Source (000s)
EXPENDITURES (000s)
Cost ElementsTotalThru FY19Est FY20Total 6 YearsFY 21FY 22FY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26Beyond 6 Years
Planning, Design and Supervision56005656000000
Land00000000000
Site Improvements and Utilities00000000000
Construction61440061441915194222870000
Other00000000000
Total Expenditures62000062001971194222870000
FUNDING (000s)
Funding SourceTotalThru FY19Est FY20Total 6 YearsFY 21FY 22FY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26Beyond 6 Years
Intergovernmental00000000000
Utility Merger Funds62000062001971194222870000
Total Funding Sources62000062001971194222870000
APPROPRIATION AND EXPENDITURE DATA ($000s)
Appropriation FY 21 Request1971
Year First Appropriation
Appropriation FY 22 Request1942
Last FY's Cost Estimate0
Cumulative Appropriation0
Expenditure / Encumbrances0
Unencumbered Balance0