Prince George’s Municipal Collaboration Receives Additional MEA EmPOWER Funds

For Immediate Release

May 17th, 2012

Contact: John Moss, Bladensburg Town Administrator 301-927-7048

Lisa Lincoln, CEO Green reVisions 301-642-3135

Prince George’s Municipal Collaboration

Receives Additional MEA EmPOWER Communities Funds

The Town of Bladensburg was awarded $100,000 in January to coordinate energy efficiency retrofits for low to moderate income homeowners in 10 municipalities in Prince George’s County.  To date the Collaboration has partnered with Edge Energy, Green reVisions, and End Time Harvest Ministries to retrofit 16 houses. MEA announced today that they are impressed with the efficiency of this project and are doubling the funding.

Town of Bladensburg Mayor, Walter L. James, said “We are pleased to be coordinating this great effort on behalf of many of our Municipal partners and thrilled to help homeowners throughout the County to save money on their energy bills.” The Town of Bladensburg has coordinated other successful municipal collaborations in the past. This collaboration includes: the Towns of Bladensburg, Brentwood, Cottage City, Colmar Manor, Edmonston, Forest Heights, Glen Arden, Landover Hills, and the Cities of Mount Rainier and Seat Pleasant.

Homeowner Dottie Fratturelli, who benefitted from the program, stated “I felt a difference in the house as soon as the work was completed!”  She went on to say that she “was very grateful for this program because she could not afford the retrofits.” Edge Energy fixed gas leaks, installed attic insulation, caulking/weather-stripping, CFL bulbs, and a new energy star refrigerator for Ms. Fratturelli.

“The Maryland Energy Administration was able to reallocate funding to empower more homeowners in Prince George’s County through this project,” Malcolm Woolf, MEA Director, stated. “A 10% return on investment through energy savings compels homeowners to complete these energy assessments, especially due to the increased comfort that they will enjoy in their homes. MEA looks forward to further residential energy savings investments in Prince George’s County.”

Lisa Lincoln, CEO of Green reVisions, is the Project Director and she says the program is now accepting  new applications for this increased funding.  “If you live in one of the municipalities that is part of this collaboration, please contact your Town Administrator for more information.”

These energy efficiency retrofits are estimated to save homeowners an average of $620 per year on their energy bills.  Jason Dispenza, President of Edge Energy, said “Working with the Town of Bladensburg and the Maryland Energy Administration’s EmPOWER Community Program has been a pleasure and shown us all the value of a well-managed neighborhood weatherization program. Many homeowners are receiving weatherization services which are improving their family’s comfort, air-quality, safety, and saving them money on their energy bills.”