|The Department of Energy Resources is directing more than $15 million in federal stimulus funding to clean energy and renewable energy programs in state facilities, as part of the Massachusetts Leading by Example efforts. Through comprehensive energy projects and an innovative energy monitoring system, state owned buildings and organizations are continuing to lead the way towards a more sustainable Commonwealth.|
At a Glance
Enterprise Energy Management System (EEMS)
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts owns and operates 65 million square feet of buildings across hundreds of campuses and these sites use nearly 450 million kWh in electricity a year. In order to ensure that this energy is being used efficiently, $10 million in stimulus funds were allocated towards a contract with EnerNOC, a Boston-based energy management applications company, to install nearly 1,200 state-of-the-art real-time energy meters. These innovative meters will track usage, identify opportunities to reduce energy consumption, and inform future energy efficiency investments.
- Energy usage of 480 state-owned buildings, approximately 25 million square feet, will be tracked. See complete list of sites
- Near real-time, building level usage data - including electricity, gas, steam, oil and renewable - will be available to 33 state-owned sites through a central software portal which tracks trends and reports on energy consumption.
- Data will be used by state program managers to react to real-time information that identifies energy spikes or problems and to target long-term energy efficiency improvement opportunities.
- Overall energy reduction is projected to be between 5 and 15%, potentially saving the Commonwealth millions of dollars through lower energy bills.
DOER directed $3.3 million in stimulus funds to increase agency resources focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency at DCAM, the agency responsible for major public building construction and real estate services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The increased resources at DCAM are resulting in a significant rise in clean energy projects at state-owned facilities.
- Projects at more than 22 million square feet of state buildings have been accelerated and are allowing DCAM to leverage over $200 million in additional project financing.
- Accelerated construction projects, both comprehensive energy efficiency and renewable energy projects have led to dozens of works at local energy and construction firms.
- Nearly 4 MW of solar installed at state-owned facilities.
Case Studies, News, and Blog Posts
Enterprise Energy Management System
DCAM - Energy Projects
A comprehensive list of active and completed energy projects is available on the DCAM web page and solar details can be found on the solar energy page.
Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) - Wind Turbine
- EnergySmarts blog: "Mt. Wachusett Community College leads by example"
- MWCC Web Page: "Wind Energy at WMCC"
This information is provided by the Department of Energy Resources.