Patrick-Murray Administration Reports on Annual Performance of Green Communities Act
BOSTON – June 1, 2012 – Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan today announced 24 municipalities have completed energy efficiency and clean energy projects under the Green Communities program. The investments range from lighting upgrades in schools and public buildings to solar installations.
"These investments are projected to save more than $1.2 million a year in costs," said Governor Deval Patrick. "That's money municipal governments can use to fund schools, police and fire departments and other operating needs.
“Communities across the state are fueling our clean energy revolution with the work they are doing locally to make municipal buildings more energy efficient and by adopting clean sources of energy,” said Secretary Sullivan.
The findings follow a major energy policy address by Governor Patrick and were part of the Department of Energy Resources Green Communities Division’s annual report to the Legislature, which shows an increase of 33 more municipalities participating in the program since the division’s 2011 report.
The communities with completed projects are: Acton, Andover, Arlington, Belchertown, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Easthampton, Greenfield, Hamilton, Holyoke, Hopkinton, Kingston, Lexington, Lincoln, Lowell, Mashpee, Medford, Montague, Northampton, Pittsfield, Springfield, Sudbury, Swampscott and Wenham.
Since the Green Communities program started in 2009, nearly half of Massachusetts’ residents live in a Green Community. There are 86 communities representing 42 percent of the population or 2.7 million residents. These communities, from Pittsfield to Provincetown, have committed to cutting municipal energy consumption by 20 percent. That commitment equates to the annual energy consumption of more than 13,000 Massachusetts homes and the greenhouse gases from more than 16,800 cars. The Department of Energy Resources expects to name more communities this summer bringing the total to 100 communities statewide.
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