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Montgomery County Becomes First in the U.S. to Pass Energy Benchmarking Law


4/30/2014 10:00 AM

Montgomery County, Md., has become the first county in the nation to pass an energy benchmarking law, requiring owners of large nonresidential buildings to track and report their properties’ energy use.

Montgomery County’s new law was part of a package of nine energy bills introduced by Councilmember Roger Berliner (District 1) and unanimously passed on April 22 (Earth Day). The law requires the annual benchmarking, or tracking, of energy use in large nonresidential buildings, first those owned by the county and then privately owned buildings.

"IMT applauds the Montgomery County Council for unanimously passing an energy benchmarking law, among other clean energy measures," said IMT's Cliff Majersik. "This law will have a huge, positive impact. Montgomery County has 1 million people and many large nonresidential buildings. Better managing the energy use of those buildings will lead to energy and cost savings on a large scale. As the first county to pass an energy benchmarking law, Montgomery County shows that energy benchmarking isn't confined to cities—it's a national movement." 

To find out more about the new law, read our press release or visit Roger Berliner's website.

Source: IMT News