For Immediate Release - November 30, 2011

Patrick-Murray Administration Announces Energy Efficiency Lighting Program

High-efficient light installations expected to save over $4 million in energy costs

Photos from the event

CAMBRIDGE – Wednesday, November 30, 2011 – During a ceremony today at the MBTA Alewife Garage, state energy and transportation officials launched a federally funded energy efficiency lighting program, which is projected to save over $4 million in energy costs through the life of the project.

The Department of Energy Resources (DOER), in partnership with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC),is awarding $1 million American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA) funds to leverage an estimated $900,000 in energy efficiency lighting rebates from NSTAR. The program is projected to support more than 35 projects at state facilities, including 16 projects confirmed to date across Massachusetts, bringing in an anticipated annual savings of 3.5 million kilowatt hours and $485,000 in energy costs, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by over 1,300 tons.

In addition to the Alewife Garage project, the confirmed projects include sites in Charlestown, Hyde Park, Needham, Newton, Norfolk, and Southborough.

“Energy efficiency investments are smart investments that reduce long-term energy costs, create jobs and cut energy consumption,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. “At the end of the energy pipeline, Massachusetts spends approximately $22 billion on energy of which 80 percent – or $18 billion – leaves the state to buy oil, natural gas and coal from places like Colombia, Canada and the Middle East. Energy efficiency investments like this one keep economic opportunities in Massachusetts.”

“This stimulus-funded lighting project is an excellent example of the Patrick/Murray Administration’s commitment to promoting energy efficient programs,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey.  “With the support of the Department of Energy Resources, we are able to make an investment in energy efficiency that reduces our greenhouse gases and saves money for the MBTA and the taxpayer.” 

Last month, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) named Massachusetts number one in ACEEE's annual state-by-state energy efficiency scorecard. Massachusetts topped California in the ranking for the first time, with ACEEE noting the Patrick-Murray Administration’s clean energy agenda, which includes the Green Communities Act of 2008 and innovative energy efficiency programs such as DOER’s Leading by Example. View ACEEE’s report here. According to DOER data, energy efficiency investments yield a two to one return over the lifetime of the investment. .

The lighting project at the Alewife Garage will replace more than 1,900 T-12 40 Watt fixtures with T-8 32 Watt lamp and ballasts. The current lenses will also be exchanged with new tube guards to further improve efficacy. In total, lighting improvements will be made to 87 percent of the total fixtures at the Garage. The estimated payback through energy savings for the $1 million in ARRA funds invested is less than 2.5 years.

"Lighting accounts for approximately 20 percent of commercial building energy consumption, so investments in efficient lighting projects like these are the best way for customers to use less energy, reduce electricity costs, and protect the environment," said NSTAR Vice President of Customer Care Penni Conner.  "We are thrilled to be working with DOER, MassDOT, the MBTA and other state agencies across our service area to provide technical assistance and funding that will help make a growing number of efficiency projects a reality."

As a federal stimulus-funded program, each project must meet specified ‘Buy American’ provisions. Equipment for lighting improvements for projects are being purchased from Massachusetts companies such as Osram Sylvania of Danvers, Renova Lighting of Mansfield, Horizon Energy Services of Quincy, and Flurolite Plastics of Framingham.

“Energy efficiency and lighting are vital segments of the vibrant clean energy community, which is creating jobs right here in the Commonwealth,” said MassCEC Chief Executive Officer Patrick Cloney.  “The local companies participating in this project will help MassDOT and the MBTA save in energy costs and kilowatt hours, while showcasing the innovative products being produced in the Massachusetts clean energy sector.”

According to the 2011 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report, nearly 2,500 companies work in energy efficiency in Massachusetts with 38 percent of those firms working in the energy efficiency lighting field. Overall, the Report found 4,909 Massachusetts companies working in clean energy and employing 64,310 clean energy workers. These companies reported 6.7 percent job growth from July 2010 to July 2011, with projections for further growth in the year ahead.  

“It is gratifying to see stimulus funds being used to help the state not only be more energy efficient but also save money,” said Jeffrey Simon, Director of the Massachusetts Recovery & Reinvestment Office. “The Recovery Act represents the largest clean energy investment in this country’s history and its impact will be felt for years to come.”

“With the support of the Patrick/Murray Administration and the MBTA’s ongoing partnership with the Department of Energy Resources, these types of energy efficient programs are realized,” said Acting MBTA General Manager Jonathan Davis.  “Thank you to the Department of Energy Resources for directing ARRA funding to the T and supporting our efforts of promoting energy efficiency cost savings programs.” 

Statewide since 2009, the DOER has invested ARRA funds through a number of programs that support Governor Patrick's goals for a clean energy future. These programs include High Performance Buildings to demonstrate innovative solutions for long-standing challenges to substantial improvement of energy performance in various building types; Solar Stimulus, with funds awarded through the MassCEC and DOER, to create additional solar capacity across the Commonwealth; and Leading by Example to enable energy savings of tens of millions of dollars annually across state-owned facilities - including expected savings of up to 15 percent through an Enterprise Energy Management System that helps state facilities managers identify energy-saving operational improvements through real-time energy monitoring.

DOER also awarded $14.7 million in ARRA funds to Massachusetts cities and towns through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants program which funds clean energy and energy savings projects, energy code training, technical assistance for implementing projects, and development and implementation of a web-based tool for cities and towns to track their energy consumption.

In addition to the energy efficient lighting upgrades announced today, “green” features at the MBTA’s Alewife Garage facility are electric vehicle charging stations, bike cages for commuters, and extensive natural lighting.

The confirmed energy efficient lighting projects are listed below.

MBTA Projects   

Readville Lot, Hyde Park

Hershey Lot, Needham

Needham Junction Lot, Needham

Sullivan Square Lot, Charlestown

Riverside Lot, Newton

Needham Heights Lot, Needham

Norfolk Parking Lot/Platform, Norfolk

South Boston Traction Substation, Boston

Alewife Garage, Cambridge

Charlestown Bus Garage Training, Charlestown

MassDOT Highway Projects        

Haymarket Garage, Boston

Office building at 128 North Street, Boston

Department of Public Safety Project      

Suffolk County/Nashua Street Correctional Facility, Boston

Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) Projects

Multiple Buildings at Southborough Complex, Southborough

Chelsea Creek Water Treatment Facility, Boston

Deer Island Water Treatment Facility, Boston


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