For Immediate Release - January 16, 2013

Patrick-Murray Administration Announces Accelerated Energy Program

Innovative Program Sets Ambitious New Energy Goals to Reduce Energy Consumption at 700 State Sites; Will Save Massachusetts $43 Million Annually; Create Up to 4,000 Jobs

SPRINGFIELD – January 15, 2012 – Building on the Patrick-Murray Administration’s nation-leading clean energy accomplishments, Secretary of Administration and Finance Glen Shor and Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Richard Sullivan today joined with state and local officials and representatives from Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) to announce the Accelerated Energy Program (AEP), which aims to reduce energy consumption by 20-25 percent over 700 state sites, creating about 4,000 clean energy jobs and saving the Commonwealth an estimated $43 million annually.

“The Accelerated Energy Program continues our commitment to lead the nation in energy efficiency by providing clean energy jobs, increasing energy savings and reducing greenhouse gas emissions across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Deval Patrick.

State government is the largest energy user in the Commonwealth, consuming over 1 billion kWh of electricity and emitting over 1 million metric tons of greenhouse gases per year. Annually, agencies and campuses spend over $250 million per year on energy. The AEP program will be funded through the state’s Clean Energy Investment Program, general obligation bonds, and Mass Save®. The Clean Energy Investment Program uses utilities savings from energy and water projects to repay the bonds used to finance the projects. 

“We continue to think more innovatively to deliver cost-savings for the Commonwealth,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. “Through the Accelerated Energy Program, our Administration will partner with state facilities across Massachusetts to invest in infrastructure improvements that will lead to greater sustainability of these facilities, improved energy efficiency, and increased cost-savings to benefit the entire state.”

“The Accelerated Energy Program is reflective of the Governor’s commitment to investing in a clean energy future for Massachusetts to create thousands of new jobs,” said Secretary of Administration and Finance Glen Shor. “Not only will this program provide thousands of clean energy jobs for Massachusetts residents, it will save millions in taxpayer dollars.”  

AEP will significantly reduce the current annual consumption of more than 800 million kilowatt hours of electricity, 12 million gallons of heating oil, 55 million therms of natural gas, and emissions of more than 800,000 tons of greenhouse gases, which represent more than 4,000 buildings and 58 million square feet. The program will save an estimated 135,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases annually, the equivalent of removing 26,000 vehicles from the road per year.

“This program will make a significant difference, not only in the air we breathe, but in saving money and creating jobs,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan. “We hope this program serves as a great example to the entire Commonwealth, to businesses and homeowners alike, that reducing energy reliance on foreign fossil fuels will benefit generations to come.”

“It is a pleasure to partner with the Executive Office for Administration and Finance and the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs for the Accelerated Energy Program launch at Springfield Technical Community College,” said Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Joanne F. Goldstein. “This program provides family friendly jobs to thousands of workers in Massachusetts, while ensuring the conservation of energy and water.”  

In 2012, for the second consecutive year, the Commonwealth was ranked the top state in the nation for energy-efficiency policies and programs by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).This distinction recognizes many initiatives in Massachusetts, including the investment and savings in energy efficiency for residential, low income, commercial and industrial electric and natural gas customers, delivered through the Mass Save® program. The Leading By Example (LBE) program, which AEP builds on, is also a key factor in this ranking. LBE was established in 2007 by Governor Patrick’s Executive Order No. 484, which set aggressive energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals and renewable energy goals for state government operations:

  • Reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions 25 percent by 2012 and 40 percent by 2020;
  • Reduce energy consumption 20 percent by 2012 and 35 percent by 2020; and
  • Obtain 15 percent of total electricity from renewable sources by 2012 and 30 percent by 2020.

“The Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) is proud to be an AEP partner representing the Patrick-Murray Administration’s commitment to improve the efficiency of our state facilities,” said Commissioner Carole Cornelison. “In meeting our obligation to improve our state buildings, we will continue to provide innovative energy modifications to our facilities that will significantly reduce the Commonwealth’s energy consumption and carbon footprint.”

“The State’s noteworthy investment in its buildings will have multiple benefits, including reduced energy use, more manageable costs, comfortable buildings, and cleaner air,” said DOER Commissioner Mark Sylvia. “AEP builds on the foundation set by the Leading by Example program and will integrate well with the Mass Save programs. There’s a lot to be proud of and always more to do.”

“At Springfield Technical Community College we take great pride in being ahead of the curve in providing a 21st century education to more than 9,000 students annually giving them skills they need to compete in a changing, global economy,” said Hector Toledo, Chair, STCC Board of Trustees. “We are pleased to be part of the state’s Accelerated Energy Program which will mean significant savings to the college overall. This will allow us to put those dollars toward furthering the cutting edge education we provide at STCC while becoming a more ‘green’ institution.”

Under AEP, STCC will undergo a number of energy efficiency renovations, including the installation of a new decentralized heating system and a centralized cooling system managed by DCAMM, saving STCC and the Commonwealth $447,000 annually.

"The Accelerated Energy Program (AEP) is a game changer that will help reduce our dependence on conventional carbon based energy,” said Congressman Richard E. Neal. “This exciting and innovative initiative will make the state more energy efficient and create thousands of jobs in the process. Clean energy alternatives also save consumers money, protect the environment and strengthen our economy. As we continue to build a low carbon energy future, programs like AEP will be critical to our success.”

"When it comes to energy efficiency, Governor Patrick is racking up wins like the New England Patriots. Massachusetts is already the number one state in the country for energy efficiency and Governor Patrick is raising the bar again,” said Congressman Ed Markey. “These smart investments announced today will save Massachusetts consumers big money, put thousands back to work, and reduce global warming pollution."

"The Patrick-Murray Administration's Accelerated Energy Program is another example of the Commonwealth's innovative approach to economic development across the state, especially here in Western Massachusetts,” said Senator Gale Candaras. “By committing to lower energy usage, we are saving the taxpayers millions of dollars, creating green jobs here in Springfield, and investing in sustainable, clean energy. It is imperative that we protect our environment while taking advantage of economic development and job creating opportunities, and the AEP program is a perfect example of such an integrated approach."

“I am excited to join Secretaries Shor and Sullivan at the launch of the Accelerated Energy Program”, said Senator James Welch.  “We need to address energy consumption throughout the Commonwealth and it’s important that our state facilities are working effectively to reduce our carbon footprint.”

"Today's event exemplifies the benefits consumers and the community receive when partnerships such as this, energized by innovation and commitment, come together," said Edward White, vice president, Customer and Business Strategy for National Grid.  "AEP helps brings us yet another step closer to greening the Commonwealth's economy." 

For additional information on new and ongoing DCAMM/AEP energy initiatives visit www.mass.gov/dcam/aep, visit the Department of Energy Resources website www.mass.gov/doer and the Governor’s LBE program website www.mass.gov/eea/grants-and-tech-assistance/guidance-technical-assistance/leading-by-example.

Accelerated Energy Program

The Commonwealth’s Accelerated Energy Program (AEP) is a three-year initiative, to accelerate the implementation of energy and water conservation improvements at 700 state sites, to include more than 4,000 buildings and 58 million square feet. AEP will generate an estimated 4,000 clean energy jobs across the Commonwealth and reduce costs by up to $43 million annually.

Division of Capital Asset and Management and Maintenance

The Division of Capital Asset and Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) is responsible for providing comprehensive building services to state agencies throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  We support our client agencies and the people they serve by providing expertise and innovative solutions in the delivery of strategic integrated facilities management, construction, and real estate services.  For more information, please visit www.mass.gov/dcam.

Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) develops and implements policies and programs aimed at ensuring the adequacy, security, diversity, and cost-effectiveness of the Commonwealth’s energy supply within the context of creating a cleaner energy future. DOER strives to ensure deployment of all cost-effective energy efficiency, maximize development of clean energy resources, create and implement energy strategies to assure reliable supplies and improve the cost of clean energy, and spur the Commonwealth’s clean energy employment. DOER is an agency of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

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