For Immediate Release - January 16, 2013

THURSDAY: LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR MURRAY TO ANNOUNCE FUNDING TO INCREASE ENERGY EFFICIENCY AT MASSACHUSETTS MILITARY BASES

BOSTON – Wednesday, January 16, 2013 – Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray will visit the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR) on Cape Cod, Thursday, January 17 at 12:00 p.m. to make an announcement relative to increasing energy efficiency for the state’s six military bases including MMR, Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, Barnes Air National Guard in Westfield, Natick Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Fort Devens, and Hanscom Air Force Base.

Prior to the announcement, media will have the opportunity to tour the new energy efficient Coast Guard hangar and its geo-thermal system, speak with alternative energy experts from MMR, and view displays on current MMR projects including wind turbines, solar arrays, and conservation techniques.  Following Lieutenant Governor Murray’s funding announcement, media is also invited to join the Lt. Governor for a tour of the future site of a solar array on the base, a project that has the potential to be one of the most productive solar projects in Massachusetts. 

Please see below for a complete schedule, driving directions, and details for media.  NOTE: For security purposes, press must email lauren.jones@state.ma.us to confirm attendance by Thursday, January 17th at 10:45 a.m.  All media must arrive at the main gate to the base by 11:15 a.m. to be escorted to the event.

WHO:             Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray

                         Congressman William Keating                   

                         Congresswoman Niki Tsongas

                         Secretary Rick Sullivan, Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs

                         Commissioner Mark Sylvia, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

                         Major General L. Scott Rice, The Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard

                         Colonel Anthony Schiavi, Executive Director, MMR

                         Captain David Throop, Commanding Officer, U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod

                         Rear Admiral Daniel B. Abel, Commander, First Coast Guard District

WHEN:          Thursday, January 17, 2013

Complete Schedule

11:15 a.m.                  Media are requested to arrive no later than 11:15 a.m. to be escorted onto the base (for security purposes).

                             

11:30 a.m.                  Media opportunity to speak with alternative energy experts at MMR and view displays of current energy projects at MMR.

 

12:00 p.m.                  Lieutenant Governor Murray makes an announcement relative to increasing energy efficiency for the state’s six military bases.

                             

12:35 p.m.                  Lieutenant Governor Murray tours the Coast Guard Hangar’s Geo-Thermal System (media invited to join).

 

12:55 p.m.                  Lieutenant Governor Murray tours the Massachusetts Air National Guard/Defense Logistics Agency Brightfield Solar Project Site (media invited to join).

 

1:30 p.m.                    Media opportunity to visit Wind I, one of three wind turbines at MMR.  Wind I is a 390 ft Fuhrlaender 1.5 MW wind turbine constructed by the AFCEC program, located in the southwestern area of MMR and jointly funded by the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army.

WHERE:                    Massachusetts Military Reservation
                                    Cape Cod

Directions to the Main Gate in Bourne from the Boston area:  Take Route 95 South to Route 24 South. Follow Route 24 South to Route 495 South. Route 495 becomes Route 25 South, 2 miles north of the Bourne Bridge. After crossing the Bourne Bridge, take the 2nd exit onto Route 28 South. Follow Route 28 South to the MMR Main Rotary, go 3/4s way around Rotary, following signs for the Veteran’s Cemetery/MMR.  After exiting the Rotary, follow Connery Avenue to the Main Gate of the MMR.

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