For Immediate Release - July 08, 2014

Patrick Administration Awards $1.8 Million for Municipal Light Plant Energy Efficiency Programs

BOSTON – Tuesday, July 8, 2014 – The Patrick Administration today awarded $1.78 million in grants for energy efficiency programs for customers of municipal light plants (MLP) to expand cost saving and environmental benefits in 14 communities served by municipal utilities.

“With these grants, the Patrick Administration continues to expand the number of households, businesses and communities that participate in energy efficiency,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett. “Energy efficiency is our first fuel for a reason; it provides energy, environmental and economic benefits.”

The grants, funded with proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) auction, will leverage more than $1.8 million in MLP-funded energy efficiency programs, save participants more than $1.2 million in energy costs and have projected annual energy savings of nearly 8.3 million kWh. That’s enough electricity to power nearly 1,100 Massachusetts homes, and to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing 705 cars from the road. A portion of these grants will be used for municipal energy efficiency projects to reduce taxpayer-funded energy bills.

“The Patrick Administration has been a leader in reducing energy use and emissions, aided in large part by the clean energy leadership of cities and towns” said Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Acting Commissioner Meg Lusardi. “These grants will help ensure that more Massachusetts residents and businesses served by municipal utilities can improve their homes and worksites, use less energy and save money while also protecting our environment.”

The Green Communities Act of 2008 requires the state’s investor-owned utilities to capture all cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities for their customers before looking to new generation options to meet electricity demand. This requirement does not extend to municipal light plants. The grants will broaden the reach of the Commonwealth’s energy efficiency leadership, offering customers of MLPs similar energy savings and greenhouse gas reduction benefits afforded to customers of investor-owned utilities.

Approved Awards 

Awardee

Category

Program or Project

 

Award

Belmont

Residential

100 homes insulated in 100 days

$          164,250

Belmont

Residential

Mini split heat pumps

$            20,000

Belmont

Municipal

LED streetlights

$            25,000

Belmont

Administrative

Administration, marketing, outreach & education

$            31,000

Belmont

 

TOTAL

$240,250

Concord

Residential

Greening Your Heat

$          145,000

Concord

Municipal

LED streetlights

$            40,000

Concord

 

TOTAL

$185,000

Groton

C&I

Exterior LED lighting efficiency program

$49,000

Groton

Municipal

Florence Roche Elementary School lighting retrofit

$49,000

Groton

 

TOTAL

$98,000

MMWEC [1] - on behalf of Ashburnham, Chicopee, South Hadley and Sterling

Commercial & Industrial

Ashburnham Green Opportunities

$            20,000

MMWEC - on behalf of Ashburnham, Chicopee, South Hadley and Sterling

Commercial & Industrial

Chicopee Green Opportunities

$          100,000

MMWEC - on behalf of Ashburnham, Chicopee, South Hadley and Sterling

Commercial & Industrial

South Hadley Green Opportunities

$            30,000

MMWEC - on behalf of Ashburnham, Chicopee, South Hadley and Sterling

Commercial & Industrial

Sterling Green Opportunities

$            40,000

MMWEC - on behalf of Ashburnham, Chicopee, South Hadley and Sterling

Municipal

Ashburnham LED streetlights

$            25,000

MMWEC - on behalf of Ashburnham, Chicopee, South Hadley and Sterling

Municipal

Chicopee LED streetlights

$          125,000

MMWEC - on behalf of Ashburnham, Chicopee, South Hadley and Sterling

Municipal

South Hadley LED streetlights

$            37,500

MMWEC - on behalf of Ashburnham, Chicopee, South Hadley and Sterling

Municipal

Sterling LED streetlights

$            50,000

MMWEC - on behalf of Ashburnham, Chicopee, South Hadley and Sterling

Administrative

Administration, marketing, outreach & education

$            47,500

MMWEC1 - on behalf of Ashburnham, Chicopee, South Hadley and Sterling

 

TOTAL

$475,000

MMWEC1 – on behalf of Holyoke

C&I

HG&E Express lighting program

$          150,000

MMWEC – on behalf of Holyoke

Residential

HELPs home efficiency incentive program

$            17,000

MMWEC – on behalf of Holyoke

Municipal

LED streetlights

$            23,250

MMWEC – on behalf of Holyoke

Municipal

Fire Station hot water heater

$              1,750

MMWEC1 – on behalf of Holyoke

 

TOTAL

$192,000

Reading

C&I

Commercial & Industrial LED program

 $            73,000

Reading

Residential

Residential LED program

 $            47,000

Reading

Municipal

Reading LED streetlights

$            31,250

Reading

Municipal

North Reading LED streetlights

$            31,250

Reading

Municipal

Wilmington LED streetlights

$            31,250

Reading

Municipal

Lynnfield LED streetlights

$            31,250

Reading

Administrative

Administration, marketing, outreach & education

$              5,000

Reading

 

TOTAL

$250,000

Taunton

Residential

Thermal scans for non-electric heat

$              8,000

Taunton

Municipal

LED streetlights

$          100,000

Taunton

Administrative

Administration, marketing, outreach & education

$              1,000

Taunton

 

TOTAL

$109,000

Westfield

C&I

Custom retrofit program

$          115,500

Westfield

All

Smart grid pilot

$            47,500

Westfield

Municipal

Wastewater Treatment Plant blower upgrade

$            50,000

Westfield

Admin

Soft costs for administration, marketing, outreach & education

$            22,500

Westfield

 

TOTAL

$235,500

 

All

Efficiency programs

$1,026,250

 

Municipal

Municipal efficiency projects

$651,500

 

Administrative

Administration, marketing, outreach & education

$107,388

 

 

TOTAL

$1,784,750

 

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 the number one state for energy efficiency for three years running. Last year, Governor Patrick set a new solar goal of 1,600 megawatts of solar capacity by 2020 after reaching the previous 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; nearly 80,000 people are employed in the cleantech industry in Massachusetts.