For Immediate Release - March 11, 2014

Patrick Administration Announces Funding for Clean Energy at Municipal Water Facilities

$1.5 million for efficiency, renewable energy at drinking water and wastewater treatment sites

BOSTON – Friday, March 14, 2014 – The Patrick Administration today announced a $1.5 million grant program to cut energy costs and reduce emissions at drinking water and wastewater facilities, the second largest municipal energy consumer.

“Water and wastewater treatment facilities are not only among the largest municipal energy consumers, they are also among our most important resources for protecting public health and the environment at the local level,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan. “By providing funds to reduce energy usage and costs at these facilities, this new program exemplifies the type of synergy Governor Patrick had in mind when he grouped energy and environment under a single secretariat.”

A collaboration of the Department of Energy Resources (DOER), Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), the program will provide gap funding to implement shovel-ready clean energy projects at these facilities, reducing municipal energy costs and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

“My team continues to work across the Commonwealth to help municipalities adopt clean energy practices at the local level,” said DOER Commissioner Mark Sylvia. “These funds will help expedite clean energy projects, leading to cost savings that can ultimately be reinvested in the facility’s assets and save taxpayer dollars.”

“This seed funding will be leveraged with other energy utility partner funding and incentives to create a new ’cash-flow model’ to move innovative municipal energy-saving projects off the shelf and into actual implementation locally,” said MassDEP Commissioner Kenneth Kimmell. “These projects could include installation of solar, wind, in-line hydropower generation, combined heat and power, more efficient pumping systems, new lighting and HVAC improvements.”

Projects will be funded through the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and Alternative Compliance Payment (ACP) funds.  ACPs are made by electricity suppliers that do not meet their statutory Renewable Portfolio Standard obligation to purchase a sufficient percentage of renewable energy. ACP funds are allocated by DOER each year.

”This program will assist municipal facilities across the Commonwealth in their efforts to take control of their energy needs, while also spurring job creation in the already-booming clean energy sector,” said MassCEC CEO Alicia Barton.

Applications will be accepted starting April 16, 2014.

The Patrick Administration’s aggressive clean energy initiatives have made Massachusetts a leader in energy efficiency, renewable energy and emissions reductions. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy has named Massachusetts number one for three years running. This year, Governor Patrick set a new solar goal after reaching the previous goal of 250 megawatts four years early. The Commonwealth now aims to install 1,600 megawatts of solar capacity by 2020. The clean energy revolution is yielding economic benefits as well, with 11.8 percent job growth in the last year; nearly 80,000 people are employed in the cleantech industry in Massachusetts.

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