In Maryland, the EmPOWER Maryland utilities provide programs and retain an independent contractor to conduct evaluations, where the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is responsible for hiring the 3rd party contractor to develop and implement EM&V plans and provide evaluation management. Utilities report semi-annually to the Maryland Public Service Commission (MD PSC). The PSC retains an independent third party evaluator ( Navigant/Cadmus) who reviews and approves the EmPOWER Maryland programs under the 2008 EmPOWER Maryland Act.
Order Number 82869 establishes the Commission-led Evaluator Model for the evaluation, measurement and verification process of the EmPOWER Maryland energy efficiency programs. Commission-approved demand response programs are also included in this EM&V process.
In December 2014, the Empower programs were approved till 2017 by the Public Service Commission.