Recap: Infrastructure and Land Use Member Meeting - Montgomery County Benchmarking Behind the Scenes - November 11, 2014

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November 11, 2014

November 11, 2014 Recap:

Guest Speaker: Michelle Vigen, Senior Energy Planner, Department of Environmental Protection, Montgomery County                            

Vice-Chair of the Infrastructure and Land Use Committee, Gus Bauman, welcomed MCCC members and introduced the guest speaker Michelle Vigen, Senior Energy Planner, Department of Environmental Protection, Montgomery County. The presentation featured a discussion about Montgomery County Benchmarking “Behind the Scenes.”

The new energy benchmarking legislation requires owners of certain non-residential buildings in Montgomery County to benchmark (compare one building's energy use against a standard) and report energy usage.  Click here to read the full benchmarking bill.

Montgomery County is committed to the successful implementation of this legislation and is developing programs and resources to assist property owners. They launched an information campaign and work group sessions and are making progress toward development of programs and resources.

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is a free energy benchmarking tool provided by EPA to help consumers track and manage energy benchmarking data. The program gathers property and energy consumption information, interprets the results and provides a score. Users can use their account to track progress. Vigen suggests that building owners take advantage of Pepco’s CEO Online and Resource Advisor tools to access data.

Following the presentation, Vigen opened up the floor to MCCC members for questions, comments and suggestions which led to a lively discussion.

The Department of Environmental Protection is looking for partners for events, outreach, and support. Contact Michelle Vigen at or 240-777-7749 with questions or to get involved.

Click here to view the powerpoint presentation, which includes Michelle Vigen’s slides presented at this meeting as well as the November 6th Green Business Forum.

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