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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 the County received as part of the merger of AltaGas Ltd., WGL Holdings, Inc., and Washington Gas Light Company ("AltaGas/WGL merger"), as approved by the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) per Merger Order No. 88631 on April 4, 2018. The funds are intended to implement projects that improve energy efficiency and reduce natural gas usage in County buildings. The funds will be administered by the Department of General Services (DGS) for projects such as combined heat and power (CHP) systems (also known as cogeneration), thermal envelope components (such as insulation), boiler upgrades, and increasing the energy efficiency of facilities.
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Phase

Ongoing

Status

Active
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Budget Snapshot
$7M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$1.29M 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. The schedule is subject to change based on project needs. Currently planned projects include:

FY22: Damascus Community Recreation Center; Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center (KSAC); White Oak Community Recreation Center; Plum Gar Community Recreation Center; Marilyn Praisner Community Recreation Center, Upper County Community Recreation Center.

FY23: Olney Swim Center; Germantown Indoor Swim Center; Potomac Community Recreation Center.

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Justification

The AltaGas/WGL merger, approved by the Maryland PSC per Merger Order No. 88631 on April 4, 2018, resulted in the County receiving approximately $7 million to fund energy efficiency projects in facilities utilizing natural gas energy sources. 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 to ensure funds are utilized as intended by the terms of the merger.
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Fiscal Note

A total of $7.0 million was originally appropriated in the Restricted Donation Fund in FY19 for funding energy efficiency improvements in public buildings. The full amount of this funding was shifted into this CIP project in FY21 for improved expenditure tracking and scheduling.
Projects are also expected to be eligible for utility incentives during and after implementation; utility incentives will offset the use of the merger funds.
Additional revolving funds that are received will be appropriated through a Supplemental.
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, Office of County Attorney
Budget Snapshot
$7M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$1.29M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Project Details
Project NumberP362106
Date Last Modified01/12/22
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 FY21Est FY22Total 6 YearsFY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28Beyond 6 Years
Planning, Design and Supervision205020500000000
Land00000000000
Site Improvements and Utilities00000000000
Construction67950550112941294000000
Other00000000000
Total Expenditures70000570612941294000000
FUNDING (000s)
Funding SourceTotalThru FY21Est FY22Total 6 YearsFY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28Beyond 6 Years
Utility Merger Funds70000570612941294000000
Total Funding Sources70000570612941294000000
APPROPRIATION AND EXPENDITURE DATA ($000s)
Appropriation FY 23 Request1294
Year First AppropriationFY21
Appropriation FY 24 Request0
Last FY's Cost Estimate7000
Cumulative Appropriation5706
Expenditure / Encumbrances0
Unencumbered Balance5706