The City of Aberdeen has a new designation that city officials hope will let them get more grants and more recognition as a city committed to energy efficiency.
The city announced earlier this month it is officially a Smart Energy Community. During the annual convention of the Maryland Municipal League in June, Aberdeen was welcomed as one of the newest Smart Energy Communities in the state, according to a press release.
"Aberdeen has exhibited leadership in smart energy management," the release states. "Through our participation in the program, Aberdeen will receive grants to fund energy efficiency, renewable energy and/or clean transportation projects."
The program is run by the Maryland Energy Administration and supports energy projects. It makes $2.5 million available for all Smart Energy Communities for fiscal year 2016, according to the program's website.
The program aims "to have local governments adopt policies and commit to them for the long term, leading to sustained energy savings and additional opportunities for renewable energy development."
Mayor Michael Bennett noted Wednesday the city has also been working to be a Sustainable Maryland certified community and is "almost there." The city is also still working on assembling its "green" committee, he said.
"The city has been talking for quite some time about doing renewable energy and solar panels," Bennett said, adding the Smart Energy designation shows the city is serious about promoting any projects that are energy-efficient and give off fewer emissions.
"Ever since they came to Maryland, we were kind of working toward getting that for our city," Bennett said.
Harford County was also designated a Smart Energy Community last year, according to the program's website.