MEA will provide grants to support projects that leverage state of the art
power controls, communication, and building automation technologies that participate in Demand Response markets or programs. Successful projects should feature a systems approach to building energy management systems that can quickly receive, interpret, and react to signals from PJM markets and/or the utility in the region.
MEA is interested in supporting the deployment projects that leverage stateoftheart power controls, communication and building automation technologies to participate in demand response markets or programs. These systems should test innovative businessmodels that can offer benefits to building owners and/or the electric distribution system. MEA's Demand
Response and Building Automation Grant Program objectives are to support innovative companies that deploy demand side resources that can lower the cost of providing energy, while demonstrating the economics of building intelligence and automation. All of these activities contribute to the larger objective of developing a more resilient and costeffective energy system, focusing peak demand times – when energy is most expensive.
In the past, up to $2.5 million in funding were available for awards expected to be in the range of $100,000 to $500,000 per project. MEA applicants' costshare were to be at least 50 percent, with MEA covering up to 50 percent of project costs.
MEA will make these awards for innovative projects that offer the best opportunity for wide scale, cost effective replication
of dynamic energy projects. The successful projects should contribute to the economic, resilient and sustainable
development of the electric grid – offering narrative and insight for the energy projects of the future. Preference will be given
to projects that advance Maryland’s policy goal to deploy technologies that qualify for the Renewable Portfolio Standard
and reduce per capita electricity consumption in the State.
Demand Response and Building Automation Program will focus on the development of projects that will act as a replicable
model. This means successful projects will appropriately balance the goals of resiliency, cost effectiveness, environmental
sustainability, and maximum benefit to the State.
The following costs are eligible for Demand Response and Building Automation Grants:
The following costs are ineligible for Demand Response and Building Automation Grants:
Necessary project costs deemed “ineligible” for grant funding will need to be furnished by the project developer and will be
considered as inkind contributions to the applicant’s cost share.
MEA expects to offer funding to projects with a variety ofsizes, applications, technologies and costs. MEA will assess
applications for Demand Response and Building Automation Program using the following evaluation criteria:
More details on project requirements, including eligibility criteria, a timeline, and evaluation criteria are available in the
funding opportunity announcement.
To apply, applicants will need to confirm
that their project meets program
requirements outlined in the Funding
Opportunity Announcement. Then,
applicants will submit an application
form along with a written proposal.
Please see the funding opportunity announcement for details on the program, including how to apply. Applications must include the following completed documents.
Questions about the grant program and their responses will be posted and updated regularly throughout the application period.
For general grant questions, email Kristen Ahearn, MEA Energy Policy Manager, at email@example.com
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