University of Maryland Extension

Energy In-service Training

Monday, Oct. 21, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:15pm
University of Maryland Extension-Howard County
University of Maryland Extension-Howard County
3300 North Ridge Road, Suite 240
Ellicott City, MD 21043
United States
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Drew Schiavone, Ph.D

UME Energy In-Service

While Maryland's EmPOWER efficiency program requires a 2% annual reduction in electricity usage through 2023, over 500,000 Maryland households still face an unaffordable home energy burden; with energy accounting for 15% of agricultural production costs. Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) also requires 50% of the state’s electricity to be generated from renewable energy sources by 2030, while the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act calls for a 25% reduction in GHG emissions by 2020.

A knowledge of energy production and its use in Maryland is necessary to facilitate relevant educational programs that will help our clientele address energy-related questions and concerns throughout the state. The objective of this in-service is to educate UME extension faculty on how to reduce energy use, lower energy costs, and implement clean energy technology for homeowners, farmers, and small business owners throughout the state.

If you are a master gardener coordinator, agriculture educator, Sea Grant faculty, 4H faculty, or other UME faculty interested in learning more about energy-related topics in Maryland, then please register using the link and password below by October 11 so that necessary arrangements can be made.

Draft Agenda

9:00 – 9:10
Welcome: Outline of day’s activities

9:10 – 9:35
Maryland’s Energy Profile: An introduction to energy use in MD addressing consumption trends, production estimates, electricity generation and prices. Explore current energy trends and the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)., Speaker: TBA

9:35 – 10:00
What is energy efficiency? The importance of energy efficiency and conservation in your home, farm or small business will be discussed. Learn how to easily lower your electric bill with some low- to no-cost improvements., Speaker: TBA

10:00 – 10:45
Energy Efficiency (Discussion Panel): Hear from a diverse panel of stakeholders working in the area of energy efficiency. Explore various program initiatives for low income housing, residential utilities, and farm efficiency among others, Speaker: TBA

10:45 – 11:00
Break: Morning Refreshments

11:00 – 11:25
Woody Biomass Update: Gain a better understanding of the issues associated with wood, as well as new developments and technology., Speaker: TBA

11:25 – 11:50
Geothermal Update: Explore various types and uses of geothermal energy use in Maryland in terms of its implications, drawbacks and opportunities., Speaker: TBA

11:50 – 12:35
Agricultural Solar Development (Discussion Panel): A discussion of economic, legal, and community issues associated with solar energy production on ag land. Get answers on legal considerations, risks and opportunities for your land., Speaker: TBA

12:35 – 1:20

1:20 – 1:45
Wind Energy Update: Learn about small wind installation options in terms of resource and production assessments, as well as, turbine and tower selection. Explore policy, finance and technical developments such as siting and permitting., Speaker: TBA

1:45 – 2:10
Anaerobic Digestion Update: Anaerobic digestion (AD) and its relationship to nutrients loading into the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland’s RPS, and food waste diversion. Learn best practices for dealing with organic waste and AD policies., Speaker: TBA

2:10 – 2:55
Project Financing Options (Discussion Panel): A panel will explore funding options for energy efficiency and clean energy projects. Learn about various financial resources for your home, farm or business in terms of program eligibility, how to apply and the allowable expenses., Speaker: TBA

2:55 – 3:15
Evaluations and adjourn

Please contact Drew Schiavone if you have any questions or concerns regarding the Energy In-Service.

Drew Schiavone, Ph.D.
Energy Conservation and Technology Specialist
University of Maryland Extension (
18330 Keedysville Road, Keedysville, MD 21756
Office: (301) 432-2767 ext 342|Fax: (301) 432-4089

Date and Time

Mon, October 21, 2019

9:00 AM – 3:15 PM EDT

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University of Maryland Extension-Howard County
3300 North Ridge Road, Suite 240
Ellicott City, MD 21043

Drew Schiavone
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301-432-2767 x342
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