Maryland will employ its Recovery Act SEP funding to promote clean and efficient energy usage in the transportation, residential, commercial, and industrial sectors. To advance sustainability in transportation, Maryland will fund a variety of initiatives designed to boost consumer awareness, increase the availability of alternative fuels, and facilitate the deployment of hybrid-electric and all-electric vehicles.
In the housing market for low- and moderate-income families, Maryland will make grants in support of cost-effective and environmentally responsible building retrofits. In addition, innovative public-financing programs such as the EmPOWERing Financing Initiative will enable property owners to leverage private capital in order to implement efficiency improvements.
Recovery Act SEP funding will also support educational and workforce training efforts that will help familiarize the state's workforce with important sustainable energy approaches. Specifically, Maryland will help fund training programs focused on the construction and building industries, including planning and building code officials, architects, engineers, and other stakeholders.