Baltimore: Strategic Energy Planning In Charm City
The Baltimore City government’s energy vision includes a future where clean, reliable, and affordable energy fuels all of our city operations and community. To achieve this vision, the Department of Public Works’ Office of Sustainable Energy (OSE) created a Strategic Energy Management Plan (Energy Plan). This plan sets long term goals and lays out strategies for a financially healthy and environmentally stable city government. Baltimore is pursuing this strategy with a specialized energy team of project managers, energy auditors, engineers, accountants, and financial analysts, whose projects cut across agencies and finds the right combination of quick return on investment and essential capital investments.
OSE’s model is distinct for a mid-size city. Funding sources include fees for service to agency customers, grants, and financing with the city’s Master Lease program. The fee for service model puts a dollar value on OSE’s expertise and ties energy savings to our projects. OSE is involved from project conception to tracking performance over time.
This article is an abridged version of Baltimore’s strategic energy plan.