In Maryland, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is a governmental agency focused on energy efficiency in the state. The MEA maximizes energy efficiency while promoting economic development, reducing reliance on foreign energy supplies, and improving the environment.
The strategic goals of the Maryland Energy Administration are to:
- make the state a leader in energy efficiency;
- reduce energy costs for our citizens;
- reduce greenhouse gas emissions from energy;
- increase the use of renewable energy;
- leverage public/private partnerships in order to improve the competitive position of Maryland industry; and
- lower the operating expenses of State and local governments while contributing to the improvement of air and water quality in Maryland.
Additionally, the MEA prepares state government to respond to the changing dynamics of the energy industry. The MEA advises the Governor on directions, policies, and changes in the various segments of the energy market.
The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) is an independent administrative agency within the state government which regulates public utilities. The commission regulates gas, electric, telephone, water, and sewage disposal companies. The jurisdiction of the PSC includes: electricity suppliers, fees for pilotage services to vessels, construction of a generating station and certain common carriers engaged in the transportation for hire of persons.
The Maryland PSC’s functions include:
- regulating and setting tariff rates for natural gas, electricity distribution, local telephone, water, and sewage disposal companies;
- setting the tariff rates for pilot services for vessels and privately owned toll bridges;
- approving the construction of electric generating plants and overhead transmission lines with a voltage above 69 kV; and
- licensing retail natural gas and electricity suppliers.
In Maryland, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) leads the state in securing a sustainable future for our environment, society, and economy by preserving, protecting, restoring, and enhancing the state’s natural resources.
- healthy terrestrial & aquatic ecosystems;
- efficient use of energy & resources;
- citizen stewardship, outdoor recreation, & opportunities to take action;
- vibrant communities & neighborhoods;
- long-term Economic prosperity; and
- professional commitment