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Program Description

  Energy, Climate and Compliance

The Energy, Climate, and Compliance Division enforces County laws and regulations related to air and water pollution, illegal dumping, noise control, pesticides, and other environmental laws. The division implements programs that educate and assist County residents with ensuring their properties are energy efficient. These programs include extensive outreach and assistance with understanding tools and financing available to increase energy efficiency. The Division is responsible for oversight and implementation of the Benchmarking Law which requires certain commercial property owners to benchmark the energy efficiency of their properties and report it to the County. The Division develops programs that will assist with reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the County, including support to the working groups for clean energy and building efficiency, created as part of the initiative to develop a Climate Action and Resiliency Plan. It also oversees programs that provide financial support to commercial property owners to improve energy efficiency such as Property-Assessed Clean Energy Financing (PACE) and the Green Bank, and manages the Green Business Certification Program which recognizes businesses that adapt practices to enhance sustainability.

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 FY20Actual FY21Estimated FY22Target FY23Target FY24
Percent of commercial buildings in compliance with the building benchmarking law 191%87%88%88%88%
Average days to close environmental cases2428282828
Percent of customers rating themselves as satisfied with DEP's response to environmental complaints80%81%80%80%80%
1  FY21 data as of Aug 2021, CY 2020 reports are still being received.

Program Budget Changes

FY23 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY22 Approved12223048.00
Add: Building Energy Performance Standards Support10136744.00
Add: Funding for New Appliance Electrification Incentive Program10000000.00
Add: Efficiency & Climate Resiliency Pilot Program for Low- and Moderate-Income Housing6750000.00
Add: Community Justice Academy and Fund3000000.00
Add: Consultant Support for Sustainability Zoning and Code Review and Recommendations1500000.00
Add: Broadscale Climate + Alert Montgomery Communication Campaign1500000.00
Add: High Road Economic Development Implementation1327491.00
Add: Incentives for Electrification of Lawn Care Equipment1000000.00
Add: Flooding GIS Specialist860801.00
Add: Residential Energy Program Manager765781.00
Add: Manager of County Flood Program765781.00
Add: Position for Natural Climate Solutions757821.00
Add: Project Equity Worker Coop Implementation500000.00
Add: Agrivoltaic Technical Assistance500000.00
Add: Decision Support Tool License200000.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.-152288-2.00
FY23 Approved502645715.00