State wins U.S. award for energy program


The Maryland Department of General Services won a national award yesterday for an auction program that state officials said has saved $5 million in yearly energy costs.

The National Association of State Facilities Administrators has named Maryland the winner of its 2005 Innovation Award for an Internet-based program that allowed utility companies to bid against each other, driving down the energy costs for state buildings, university campuses, prisons and sports stadiums.

"In tight budget times, the impact of this program is huge," Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said.

A Massachusetts program to accelerate the sale of surplus property was a finalist.

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