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Posted on: May 26, 2016

City to Hold Hearing on Energy Benchmarking for Nonresidential Buildings

Properties Would Be Required to Track Energy Usage

Rockville, Maryland, May 26 – The Mayor and Council will hold a public hearing on a proposal to make Montgomery County’s energy benchmarking requirements for nonresidential buildings apply within the city limits.

The hearing is scheduled as part of the Mayor and Council meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 13, at City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave.

Benchmarking is the practice of tracking energy usage, to compare how a building is performing with past performance or against similar buildings nationwide. Montgomery County’s benchmarking mandate currently does not apply to properties in Rockville. If the Mayor and Council approve the ordinance, Rockville properties will have the same requirements, opportunities to reduce energy costs, and access to technical and financial programs, as other county properties.

The proposed ordinance was introduced during the Mayor and Council meeting on Monday, May 16. Find it at www.rockvillemd.gov/energybenchmarking. For more information about the hearing, find the June 13 meeting agenda when it is posted at www.rockvillemd.gov/AgendaCenter.

The county law requires building owners, including the county government, to benchmark energy use of nonresidential buildings greater than 50,000 square feet using a free online tool; to have the data verified by a “recognized data verifier” in the first year, and then every three years; and to report data to the county annually for public disclosure.

Those who wish to speak on the topic may appear at the public hearing, or may provide written testimony in addition to, or instead of, appearing. Persons wishing to testify at the hearing are asked to call the City Clerk’s Office at 240-314-8280, before 4 p.m. on the day of the hearing. Written testimony can be sent by mail or delivered in person to: Mayor and Council, 111 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850, or by email to clerk@rockvillemd.gov. The public record will remain open until 5 p.m. on Friday, June 17.

Information on Montgomery County’s building energy benchmarking program is available at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DEP/Energy/benchmarking.html.

For more information on the proposal or to submit comments, please contact Erica Shingara, City of Rockville sustainability coordinator, at eshingara@rockvillemd.gov or 240-314-8872.

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Marylou Berg
Director of Communication

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