Infrastructure and Land Use Committee Briefing: MC Department of Environment and the Building Energy Performance Standards Legislation
MCCC’s Infrastructure and Land Use Committee met on September 14, 2021. This meeting featured a discussion with the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) regarding the Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) legislation and how it relates to the County’s proposed Climate Action Plan. DEP Director Adam Ortiz provided remarks along with Lindsey Shaw, Manager of Energy and Sustainability Programs, Stan Edwards, Chief of DEP’s Energy, Climate and Compliance Division, and Emily Curley, Commercial Energy Program Manager.
To meet long-term County energy performance standards, the BEPS bill expands the number of buildings covered by benchmarking requirements. Currently, the only jurisdictions that have BEPS are Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Missouri, New York City, and Washington State.
The Chamber advocated that the Montgomery County Council make several amendments to the BEPS bill, including a delayed implementation of 18 months while the County recovers from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
View the powerpoint presented below.