Volume 13, Issue 4 January 23, 2015
In this Issue
Editor's Note
Looking Good
Energy Efficiency
EmPOWER Maryland Commercial and Industrial Grant Program
Natural Gas Fundamentals
Natural Gas Storage Update: Another Big One
Rig Count for Natural Gas
NYMEX Natural Gas Monthly Settlements for the Past 12 Months
NYMEX Values per Month for the Forward 12 Months
NYMEX Graph for Natural Gas - 12 Month Average Price per Therm at the Louisiana Well-Head
PJM Electricity
PJM Graph for Electricity - 12 Month Average Peak Power Price
Local Heating Degree Days*
Energy Efficiency
EmPOWER Maryland Commercial and Industrial Grant Program

Commercial and Industrial (C&I) companies in Maryland  are eligible for grants ranging from $20,000 to $500,000 for energy efficiency projects.

To incentivize energy efficiency projects and reduce electricity consumption and greenhouse gases throughout the state of Maryland, The EmPOWER grant will support up to 50% of expenses for energy efficiency projects that have at least a 20% electricity reduction. Electricity reduction requirement needs to be demonstrated either on a building-by-building basis or treated space within a building basis (e.g., a commercial business that occupies one floor of a multi-floor building and that has its own meter). Publicly-owned and municipally-owned buildings are not eligible. 

To qualify, projects must be comprised of multiple eligible electricity efficiency measures.  Reducing electricity usage solely by switching to another fuel source does not qualify as an energy efficiency measurement. Examples of energy efficiency measures include:

  • Building insulation and envelope improvements
  • Lighting
  • Controls
  • Motors and variable frequency drives
  • HVAC upgrades
  • Refrigeration
  • Retro- or re-commissioning projects

Vendors or contractors are not eligible, however they can to assist a qualified applicant. To obtain a contractor referral list, you can contact David Clark at WGES by Friday, January 16 at david.clark@wges.com or 703-793-7539.

The application period ends January 30 2015 so act quickly.

For more details, visit EmPOWER[a1] http://energy.maryland.gov/Business/empowermdchallenge/index.html