Patrick Administration Requests Stimulus Funds of Over $100 Million for Industrial Clean Energy and Efficiency Projects
Commonwealth's application to US Department of Energy includes 31 industrial energy projects for Massachusetts companies, public agencies and municipalities
"Partnering with companies and municipalities to reduce fossil fuel use and decrease greenhouse gas emissions is a key component of our clean energy agenda," Governor Patrick said. "We are hopeful that the Department of Energy will look favorably on these projects, which promise to lower the bottom line for Bay State companies and cities and towns through investment in innovative energy technology and expanded energy efficiency."
The Commonwealth's application includes 31 specific projects that would be deployed at 38 sites throughout Massachusetts. DOER selected them based on analysis of proposals
submitted in June by cities and towns, private firms, state agencies, institutions of healthcare and higher education, and non-profit organizations. Under terms of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), projects eligible for funding under The Clean Energy & Industrial Efficiency Program must be "shovel ready" within 120 days of receiving federal funding and include job creation and/or retention and energy benefits. Federal funding will pay 50 percent of the total cost of projects that are approved for funding by the DOE.
"Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Massachusetts companies -as well as communities and public agencies - have a unique opportunity to seek federal funding for projects that promise significant energy savings while furthering the Commonwealth's clean energy goals," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles, whose office includes DOER. "With robust competition for these federal dollars across the country, the Patrick Administration is committed to doing all that it can to help Massachusetts companies win their portion of the pie."
The application submitted by DOER includes four categories of projects:
- Combined heat and power, a technology that simultaneously generates electricity and useful thermal energy - significantly improving the efficiency of fuel use for both heat and power ($32.3 million requested);
- District energy systems, which produce steam, hot water or chilled water at a central plant and then pipe that energy out to multiple buildings in a "district" for space heating, domestic hot water heating and/or air conditioning - eliminating the need for boilers, furnaces, chillers, or air conditioners in individual buildings ($23 million requested);
- Waste energy recovery, which collects and reuses energy from sources such as exhaust heat or flared gas from industrial processes, or waste gas that would otherwise be flared, incinerated or vented ($8.3 million requested);
- Efficient industrial equipment - defined as any proven, commercially available technology that improves industrial efficiency by at least 25 percent ($38.8 million requested).
Among the specific projects proposed for funding are deployment of a large energy efficiency plan and a combined heat and power facility at the General Electric Aviation plant in Lynn; two district heating projects using biomass as fuel at the Harvard Forest and the Groton School; a proposal from Cambridge's Kendall Power Plan to convert thermal streams to useful heat (rather than discharge the heat to the Charles River), and a proposal from Sonoco Products in Holyoke to install an efficient boiler. (Full list of proposed projects and locations is below).
Senator Edward M. Kennedy said, "Developing new and innovative ways of providing energy for our communities will strengthen our industries, our economy, reduce pollution, and create hundreds of jobs at a time when out citizens need them most. I commend Governor Patrick for his leadership in developing a clean energy future for our Commonwealth."
"Clean energy jobs are the future, and that is why I fought to ensure that funding would be included in the Recovery Act for these projects," said Congressman Ed Markey. "Jobs in energy efficiency and clean energy will put some wealth back into the Commonwealth, putting people to work in the energy industries that will drive a long-term economic recovery."
"Funding for energy efficiency and innovative clean power projects was put into the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act because these investments reduce energy bills and promote reliable domestic sources of power," said Congresswoman Niki Tsongas. "Better still, they put people to work installing and developing these cost-saving technologies, and I urge the Department of Energy to approve these requests from the Patrick Administration."
"I commend the state for putting together such an innovative list of project requests," US Congressman James McGovern said. "These projects are exactly the kind of thing that the stimulus was intended to support."
"Funding for these key projects would bring jobs and new investment opportunities to our communities that would help advance our clean energy economy,"
said Congressman John F. Tierney. "Congress crafted the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act with these goals in mind, and I am pleased to see organizations, municipalities, non-profits, and local businesses from places such as Lynn, Bedford, Beverly and Newbury offering innovative proposals to utilize these funds."
"Investing in clean energy projects is good for the environment and good for our economy," Congressman Stephen F. Lynch. "These projects are a perfect example of how state and local governments and private companies can utilize federal stimulus funds to put people back to work while creating a cleaner and more sustainable energy future for Massachusetts."
DOER Commissioner Phil Giudice noted that combined heat and power (CHP) is among technologies supported by a new Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (APS) established by the Green Communities Act of 2008. Augmenting the Commonwealth's Renewable Portfolio Standard, APS regulations that took effect in January require utilities and other electricity suppliers to purchase power from APS-eligible sources at a rate of 0.75 percent of sales this year, and increasing to 5 percent by 2020.
"The number and range of projects we received indicates the high level of enthusiasm for clean energy and efficiency measures among private and public entities alike, in cities and towns throughout Massachusetts," Commissioner Giudice said.
DOER expects to receive word regarding DOE's approval of projects submitted under The Clean Energy & Industrial Efficiency Program in October.
Investments in clean power and industrial energy efficiency are critical components of Governor Patrick's Massachusetts Recovery Plan, which combines state, federal and, where possible, private efforts to provide immediate and long-term relief and position the Commonwealth for recovery in the following ways:
- Deliver immediate relief by investing in the road, bridge and rail projects that put people to work today and providing safety net services that sustain people who are especially vulnerable during an economic crisis;
- Build a better tomorrow through education and infrastructure investments that strengthen our economic competitiveness, prepare workers for the jobs of the future, and support clean energy, broadband, and technology projects that cut costs while growing the economy; and
- Reform state government by eliminating the pension and ethics loopholes that discredit the work of government and revitalize the transportation networks that have suffered from decades of neglect and inaction.
Locations of potential projects proposed by companies, municipalities and public agencies included in DOER's application to US DOE include:
Combined Heat and Power
Jordan Dairy Farm - Rutland
Rockwood Farm - Granville
Hager Brother's Farm - Colrain
Barstow's Longview Farm
Executive Conference Center
Clarendon Hill Towers,
Covenant Health Care
Maristhill Nursing Home
Mary Immaculate Rehabilitation Center
St. Mary's Health Center
St. Joseph Manor
Robert Brothers Lumber
Springfield Technical Community College
Town of Barnstable
Hyannis Youth and Community Center
University of Massachusetts
General Electric Aviation
Waste Energy Recovery
Veolia Longfellow Bridge Project
Pine Island Farm
Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
Loring Street Station
General Electric Aviation
Saint Gobain Containers
Conklin Office Furniture