Operational Energy Policy Goals

About the Goals
Frederick County has extensive goals that relate to the reduction of non-renewable energy consumption for it internal operations.
Frederick County made required updates in compliance with Maryland’s adoption of the International Construction Code (ICC) that included energy performance in buildings for certain size projects. Frederick County conducted a comprehensive review of the International Energy Construction Code (IECC) required by the federal government and adopted it on July 1, 2012.

Although LEED certification is not required in county construction, there is language in the Request For Proposal (RFP) documents to incorporate green building practices into the design of new buildings.

The county manager approved Frederick County Government Administrative Policy and Procedures Thermostat Settings in County Buildings policy #12-54 on December 27, 2012. In general, building thermostats are set at a maximum of 70 degrees for heating set point and minimum of 72 degrees for cooling set point with specified variances for different types of HVAC systems.

Comprehensive Energy Plan
The Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP) includes goals for reduction in county energy use related to energy efficiency and conservation. The CEP contains the following recommendations:
  • Organizational Commitment Recommendation 1.2: Conduct staff education on the importance of energy conservation to the goals of the county government and on techniques for conserving energy in the work place.
  • Organizational Commitment Recommendation 1.3: Adopt written energy conservation expectations for county employees.
  • Organizational Commitment Recommendation 1.4: Provide an annual report on the progress of the Comprehensive Energy Plan recommendations.
  • Buildings Recommendation 2.1: Adopt an Energy Management Program based on uniform operations, maintenance, and design standards.
  • Buildings Recommendation 2.2: Conduct energy audits of all major county buildings.
  • Buildings Recommendation 2.3: Make steady advances in energy conservation and energy efficiency in county buildings by implementing recommendations from building energy audits.
  • Buildings Recommendation 2.4: Install a centralized Energy Management Control System for county buildings.
  • Buildings Recommendation 2.5: Continue to use EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager software to analyze energy consumption, costs, and performance in county facilities to identify and prioritize energy conservation and efficiency projects.
  • Buildings Recommendation 2.6: Continue the county’s capital program of building renovations that include HVAC system upgrades to improve performance and energy efficiency.
  • Buildings Recommendation 2.7: Adopt high performance energy efficiency standards for new county buildings and major renovation projects starting in Fiscal Year 2011.
  • Buildings Recommendation 2.8: Use on-site renewable energy for county buildings when technically and financially feasible.
  • Buildings Recommendation 2.10: Implement the “Technology Energy Management Plan” Developed by the Interagency Information Technology Division.
  • Buildings Recommendation 2.11: Convert existing traffic lights to light-emitting diode (LED) technology by 2012 and use LED technology in all future installations.
  • Buildings Recommendation 2.12: Establish guidelines for county leased space to meet the energy efficiency standards for county-owned buildings.
  • Buildings Recommendation 2.13: Adopt policies to regulate the number of personal appliances in county buildings and require that new appliances, electronics, and office equipment meet or exceed ENERGY STAR certification requirements.
  • Buildings Recommendation 2.14: Use roofing materials that minimize heat absorption in new construction and roof replacement projects.
  • Buildings Recommendation 2.15: Use a 3rd party commissioning agent for all new construction and renovation projects to verify energy-related systems (HVAC and electrical) are designed, installed and calibrated to perform as intended and achieve maximum energy efficiency. Perform retro-commissioning of existing buildings on a systematic basis.
  • Buildings Recommendation 2.16: Consolidate general county government offices into a single high-energy-efficient building.
Sustainable Action Plan
The Sustainable Action Plan (SAP) echoes the goals of the CEP and recommends 11 activities in the conserving energy and reducing emissions goals of the 5-year action plan that relate to building efficiency and emissions reductions.
  • Establish an annual Energy Conservation Capital Improvement Program to support implementation of the Comprehensive Energy Plan.
  • Finance future energy efficiency retrofit projects through reinvestment of the identified energy savings from previously implemented efficiency/retrofit projects. (This was considered, but a systemic fund from county general funds is being adopted instead. This will not limit new project investments to the savings of older projects).
  • Adopt an Energy Management Program that consists of policies and standards for energy efficiency and conservation that apply to county-owned and operated buildings.
  • Implement a centralized Energy Management Control System for all county operated buildings.
  • Implement the most efficient lighting for parking, street, and traffic lights and retrofit existing lighting when funding available.
  • Continue to inventory buildings to find potential performance opportunities to increase conservation and efficiency.
  • Set energy performance goals for each individual government building, both new and existing, track performance with Energy Star's Portfolio Manager program, and communicate results to employees and the public.
  • Commit to a 25% GHG emissions reduction target for county operations by 2025 (from the baseline year of 2007) and develop a plan to meet the reduction target.
  • Update the county’s GHG inventory on an annual basis and provide the Frederick County Sustainability Commission and the Board with a report. Develop tools and templates for county divisions to annually report their GHG emissions data.
  • Establish a GHG inventory work group that meets periodically to discuss data reporting and consistency, impact of reduction strategies, and review of the annual report.
  • Coordinate with ICLEI, MEA, Maryland Clean Energy Center, Maryland Department of Environment, MWCOG, and other partners on climate and energy policy, programs, and partnership opportunities.