Post-2015 Maryland Energy Efficiency Goals

August 03, 2015


 In July 2015, the Public Service Commission (PSC) in its Order 87082 established energy efficiency goals for the State. Previous state mandated energy efficiency program- EmPOWER Maryland Act is set to expire at the end of 2015, after which the PSC set goals is going to take effect. 

The PSC electric energy efficiency goal is set at 2% of the utility's weather normalized gross retail sales. The utilities are required to file forecasted gross electric savings for 2015-2017 program year with 2013 baseline before September 2015. The goal for the utilities in 2016 is to achieve the forecasted savings approved in the Commission’s December order, and the utilities’ goals for 2017 are 0.2% higher as a percentage of retail sales compared to the savings forecasted in 2016. The goal would increase by 0.2% per year until the utility reaches the annual incremental gross energy savings of 2% per year. The official numbers will be included in the Utilities’ September 1, 2015 filings.

For example, if a utility states that it will achieve the equivalent savings of 1.3% of its 2013 retail sales baseline in 2016, then the utility will have to “ramp-up” its programs in 2017 by 0.2%, so that the utility achieves the equivalent of 1.5% savings in 2017. This ramp-up of 0.2% continues each year until the utility achieves the equivalent of 2.0% of its retail sales—at which time the utility will have to continue achieving the equivalent savings of 2.0% of its retail sales.

The order also provides framework to establish energy efficiency goal for natural gas utilities, and for programs targeting limited-income households. The working groups related to the natural gas and limited-income household programs are required to develop and recommend energy savings goals before February 2016. 

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Maryland
Incentive Type: Energy Efficiency Resource Standard
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
Electric Sales Reduction: 2% of the utility's weather normalized gross retail sales,
Electric Peak Demand Reduction: The PSC has not specified any demand reduction goal for post-2015 in light of the ongoing FERC order 745 litigation and other issues.
Natural Gas Sales Reduction: In development. The PSC has directed working group to file natural gas reduction goals for 2017 and subsequent years by February 2016.
Rate Impact Parameters: Cost effectiveness assessed through Total Resource Cost (TRC) and Societal Test Cost (SCT)


Name: PSC Order 87082 establishing post 2015 energy efficiency goals


Name: Marissa Gillett
Organization: MD Public Service Commission

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.