Baltimore Gas & Electric CEO Calvin Butler Jr. and U.S. Department of Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency Kathleen Hogan joined Towson University officials Thursday afternoon to mark the school's participation in the Department of Energy's Better Building Challenge and present the school a $1.7 million rebate check from BGE for past efficiencies.
"Towson is a leader not just here in Maryland, but across the country, and our exciting announcement today is just another example of how this great university is setting the standard for other educational institutions and commercial and business customers around the world," Butler said during a press conference in front of the LEED-Gold certified West Village Commons building on Towson's campus.
The check from BGE was presented to Towson through the utility company's Smart Energy Savers Program, which offers residents and businesses alike the opportunity to earn financial incentives and support from BGE to reduce their energy use.
Towson University was recognized for its energy efficiency efforts, which included updating 35,000 light fixtures and 10,000 motion sensors on campus. The $1.7 million check presented was a combined 54 rebate checks for efforts at 43 buildings on campus. In addition to the rebate money, Towson reduced its energy consumption by 25 percent with the improvements, which amounted to an annual savings of $1 million.
Butler said that the energy improvements, which will save over 70 million kilowatt hours of energy across the equipment's lifespan, could power 15 percent of Towson's homes for an entire year.
Hogan said Towson is not only a participant in the Better Buildings Challenge, but their efforts will be used as a model for other participating businesses and institutions to follow in their own energy efficiencies.
Participants in the challenge commit to reducing its energy consumption by 20 percent by 2020.
"We hope to get there before that," Towson University Maravene Loeschke said. "We're on a roll, we will continue to do this, and I bet you you'll see us there before 2020."