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Program Description

  Energy, Climate and Compliance

The Energy, Climate, and Compliance Division develops and implements policies and programs focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing the resilience of the County in the face of a changing climate, and enforces County laws and regulations related to air and water pollution, illegal dumping, noise control, and other environmental laws. The Division engages with, and provides programs for, residential and commercial properties related to energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy, including the Benchmarking Law and Building Energy Performance Standards; engages with County residents through Montgomery Energy Connection to provide customized education on the benefits of energy efficiency, availability of energy-related programs, and opportunities for energy assistance; promotes the adoption of electric and other low-emission vehicles; advocates for energy policies at the State and Federal level that support the County's climate goals; and works to ensure that the needs of underserved communities that will feel the impacts of climate change more acutely are considered in all aspects of the Division's work. In addition, the Division works with other County departments and agencies, community-based organizations, and others to increase their capacity to develop and implement climate solutions as part of their operations.

Program Contacts

Contact Vicky Wan of the Department of Environmental Protection at 240.777.7722 or Richard H. Harris of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2795 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY22Actual FY23Estimated FY24Target FY25Target FY26
Percent of commercial buildings in compliance with the building benchmarking law 191%85%89%87%86%
Average days to close environmental cases3436333434
Percent of customers rating themselves as satisfied with DEP's response to environmental complaints82%86%83%84%84%
1  Amendments to the benchmarking law doubled the number of covered buildings in FY 23.

Program Budget Changes

FY25 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY24 Approved557824821.01
Add: Bill 18-22 Implementation for Electric Leaf Blower Incentive Program6250000.00
Add: New Position and Operating Support for Solar Strategic Plan Development (Senior Planning Specialist)3453541.00
Add: Energy Audits for Under-Resourced Buildings Subject to BEPS2750000.00
Add: Inflation Reduction Act Incentive Energy Ambassadors2000000.00
Add: Technical Support and Incentives for Electric Vehicle Community Charging Infrastructure Deployment2000000.00
Decrease Cost: Reduce Contractual Support for Climate Communications and Data-979680.00
Shift: Transfer Position to Office of Grants Management to Increase Climate Grants Capacity -114576-1.00
Re-align: One-time Adjustment to General Climate Program Funding for Capacity-1363450.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.3039850.00
FY25 Recommended717869821.01