The Green Communities Designation and Grant Program, an initiative of the Green Communities Division, works with municipalities toward qualification as a Green Community and provides funding to qualified municipalities for energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives.
NEW GUIDANCE POSTED DECEMBER 2014
Changes to guidance include clarifying common points of confusion and a revised Table 4
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Establish an energy use baseline and develop a plan to reduce energy use by twenty percent (20%) within five (5) years
Energy Reduction Action Plan Guidance - revised December 2014
Follow these Steps to a Successful Energy Reduction Plan
- Read the Criterion 3 guidance document
- Contact your Regional Coordinator for helpful tips
- Start your audit process by contacting your electric utility for a no-cost energy assessment (helpful resource: Audit Recommendations for Municipalities )
- Set up MassEnergyInsight to establish your energy use baseline
- Review sample energy reduction plans below
- Identify 15-20% of your energy baseline in documented energy efficiency measures
- Adopt your energy reduction plan
- Submit to DOER as part of your Green Communities designation application
Learn from these sample Energy Reduction Plans
- Belmont – useful for mid-size towns, towns served by a Municipal Lighting Plant, or those needing to calculate projected savings from an audit report recommending energy efficiency measures without providing the projected energy savings
Energy Reduction Plan file size 1MB
- Framingham – useful for larger communities and for those with performance contracts
- Gill – useful for small towns including a local elementary school that is part of a regional school district
- Millville – useful for small towns including a local elementary school that is part of a regional school district
Energy Reduction Plan
- Warwick – useful Appendices for towns trying to combine energy audits with energy savings estimates from volunteers (such as from wall insulation or storm windows)
Energy Reduction Plan Appendices file size 3MB
- Westford – useful for towns with renewable energy
This information is provided by the Department of Energy Resources.
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