Energy Conservation: MCPS (P796222)

  • Category: Montgomery County Public Schools

  • Sub Category: Countywide

  • Administering Agency: Public Schools (AAGE18)

  • Planning Area: Countywide

  • Date Last Modified: 4/21/14

  • Required Adequate Public Facility: No

  • Relocation Impact: None

  • Status: Ongoing





The MCPS Energy Conservation Program has saved more than $34 million since the project began in FY 1978. The project has been reviewed by the Interagency Committee on Energy and Utility Management. The program is designed to reduce energy consumption by improving building mechanical systems, retrofitting building lighting and control systems, and controlling HVAC equipment through computer management systems. Computer systems currently control the operation of most MCPS facilities. New and modernized schools are built with the latest technological advances to achieve higher levels of energy savings. Energy conservation staff review new construction mechanical guidelines and designs. Staff also inspect and perform computer diagnostics of HVAC installations for operational efficiency and review certain aspects of indoor air quality. An FY 2011 appropriation was approved to continue this project. Energy conservation capital improvements and construction projects are being installed in 20 to 30 schools each year. These projects require additional controls system integration outside the scope of the current budget. To date, 197 facilities have energy management system installations; to keep up with advances in computer technology, each is on a schedule for upgrade and/or replacement energy management system installations, 65 remain to be upgraded or replaced. Expenditures in the six-year period will address the controls system integration, the energy managment system upgrades, and continue the countywide lighting modernization schedule. An FY 2011 supplemental appropriation in the amount of $1.624 million was approved to utilize federal grant dollars for energy efficiency and renewable energy related capital projects. An FY 2012 appropriation was approved to continue this project. An FY 2013 apppropriation was approved to continue the control systems integration, energy management system upgrades, and the countywide lighting modernization schedule. An FY 2014 appropriation was approved to continue this project. An FY 2015 appropriation was approved to continue this level of effort project.


Expenditures will continue indefinitely. Public Schools (A18) asserts that this project conforms to the requirements of relevant local plans, as required by the Maryland Economic Growth, Resource Protection and Planning Act.


Montgomery College, County Government, Comprehensive Facilities Plan, Interagency Committee - Energy and Utilities Management, MCPS Resource Conservation Plan, County Code 8-14a

$(000) FY15 FY16-20

Salries and Wages: 140 700

Fringe Benefits: 65 325

Workyears: 1.5 7.5