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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will use $52 million from a state grant to bolster Baltimore's energy conservation efforts, including improving education and outreach efforts.

The goal of the Baltimore Energy Initiative, announced this week by the mayor's office, is to reduce energy use in the city and promote local investment.

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Money from the initiative will give some city residents free in-home installation of programmable thermostats, pipe wraps and other energy and water conservation equipment. It also will allow the Weatherization Assistance Program to serve more residents and give nonprofits and businesses access to low-interest loans to cover energy-saving retrofits.

"The Baltimore Energy Initiative will help grow a more sustainable Baltimore, helping to spur future growth while supporting our hard working residents," Rawlings-Blake said in a statement. "This innovative, three-year program will help city agencies better meet critical needs and achieve broader city and state goals and provide long-term energy cost savings for our residents."

The grant came from the Maryland Public Service Commission.

To learn more, call 311.

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