The substantial private investment in both electric vehicles and energy efficiency is an outgrowth of Governor Martin O’Malley’s efforts to better position Maryland in the new innovation economy by promoting renewable energy and cost-saving investments in energy efficiency.
Governor O’Malley’s EmPOWER Maryland initiative has set a goal of a 15 percent reduction in the state’s energy consumption by 2015.
Malcolm Woolf, Director of the Maryland Energy Administration, says, “Our goal in investing in electric vehicles has always been to ‘prime the pump.’ With today’s announcement, it’s clear that we’ve been successful.”
The stations were unveiled at a ceremony attended by the President of the Bozzuto Development Company; the President of the University of Baltimore; the CEO of SemaConnect; and the chair of the United States Green Building Council. The charging stations were introduced with a demonstration on how to charge a plug-in electric car.
The ChargePro charging stations have a plug and a display light that turns green when the vehicle is fully charged. They will be available to the public, but EV owners will first have to sign up for an account with SemaConnect to received a “smart” card to activate the plug. The charging stations’ software features smart card authentication, online payment, and energy monitoring. A full charge takes from four to eight hours, depending on the model.
The Bozzuto Group plans to add charging stations to some of its other apartment properties and make them a standard feature of all of its future developments. The company’s goal is to enable renters to charge electric cars where they live.
The Fitzgerald is registered with the United States Green Building Council (USBGC) and is expected to become the largest LEED-certified apartment community in the Baltimore area. LEED refers to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and refers to an internationally recognized green building certification system
The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) provides funding and resources to help Marylanders save money while making smart energy-saving choices. The agency also increases the use of renewable energy by leveraging public and private partnerships to improve the competitive position of Maryland industry.