For Immediate Release - January 29, 2014

Patrick Administration Celebrates Completion of Northern Essex Community College Energy Project

More than 25 percent reduction in energy costs, greenhouse gas emissions projected

HAVERHILL – Wednesday, January 29, 2014 – Patrick Administration officials today joined Northern Essex Community College (NECC) President Lane Glenn to celebrate the completion of the Commonwealth’s first large project certified under the Commonwealth’s Accelerated Energy Program (AEP) that will result in significant energy, emissions and cost savings.

The $6.2 million energy project, completed on both the Haverhill and Lawrence campuses, is expected to yield a 28 percent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and 33 percent reduction in energy costs, lowering energy bills by hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.

“Under Governor Patrick’s leadership we have made tremendous progress on all of our energy goals,” said Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Commissioner Mark Sylvia. “From national leadership in energy efficiency to consecutive annual double digit clean energy job growth, our strategy is working. We are leading by example and making our state sites more efficient than ever, reducing emissions and cutting costs.”

“The Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) is proud to partner with the Department of Energy Resources to help lead the Patrick Administration’s commitment to improve the efficiency of our state facilities,” said DCAMM Commissioner Carole Cornelison. “In meeting our obligation to improve our state buildings, we will continue to provide innovative energy modifications to our facilities that will significantly reduce the Commonwealth’s energy consumption and carbon footprint.”

Included in the campus wide energy initiative is a conversion from electric to gas heat; interior and exterior lighting replacements and controls; programmable thermostats; domestic hot water system improvements; water conservation measures; energy management system upgrades; hot water boiler replacement; and door weatherization. The project received a significant Mass Save® incentive of more than $800,000, primarily from National Grid.

These improvements are expected to yield significant benefits:

  • Reduce annual electricity consumption by more than 3 million kWh or 41 percent of total campus use, the equivalent electricity use of some 449 Massachusetts homes;
  • Eliminate 1,109 metric tons of GHG emissions each year,  a 28 percent reduction, equivalent to the emissions of 231 cars
  • Decrease energy bills by more than $400,000 per year, a 33 percent reduction

The NECC campus project is the first large scale project to be completed and certified under the AEP, with energy, emission, and/or significant cost reductions of at least 25 percent. The AEP is jointly led by DOER and DCAMM, was launched in December 2012 and aims to undertake energy efficiency projects at 700 state sites in 700 days.

“Each year the legislature works very hard to commit funding to support these important energy programs that are aimed at reducing energy costs and emissions, and ensuring that the Commonwealth continues to be a national leader in energy efficiency,” said Representative Brian S. Dempsey. “I am thrilled that NECC will be the first major AEP project to be completed in the State.”   

“I appreciate the Patrick Administration’s aggressive efforts to reduce emissions and energy costs,” said Representative John D. Keenan, House Chair of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.  “As the Accelerated Energy Program is rolled out, I’m looking forward to seeing other similar developments around the state.”

AEP energy efficiency investments will total more than $400 million, reducing annual energy costs by over $40 million and decreasing state government GHG emissions by 135,000 metric tons. The energy projects will replace hundreds of older, inefficient heating and cooling systems with state of the art HVAC equipment, improve lighting, install high efficiency motors and drives, and tighten building envelopes.

The AEP is a key component to meeting the Leading by Example Program (LBE) goals. Set by Governor Patrick in a 2007 Executive Order, goals for state government operations under LBE include:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020
  • Reduce energy consumption by 35 percent by 2020
  • 30 percent renewable energy by 30 percent by 2020

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 (ACEEE) has named Massachusetts number one for three years running. In 2013, Massachusetts met Governor Patrick’s initial goal of 250 megawatts four years early. The clean energy revolution is yielding economic benefits as well, with 11.8 percent job growth in the last year and 24 percent growth in the last two years; nearly 80,000 people are employed in the clean tech industry in Massachusetts.

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