Completed Projects through March 31, 2013
Over the past quarter, many projects and programs have been completed or have made significant progress towards completion. As of March 31, 2012, over 480 projects are fully completed. The following are some highlights from Recovery Act projects that were completed between January 1 and March 31, 2013. For more information on individual projects and programs, and to see stories from the past three years of economic recovery in Massachusetts, please visit www.mass.gov/recovery .
- The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) received a $125,077,457 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income residents of Massachusetts. More than 10,000 homes were weatherized across the Commonwealth, the work providing nearly 3,000 individuals in 395 weatherization companies with a Recovery Act-funded paycheck. The project sought to reduce total residential energy expenditures and improve their health and safety, targeting particularly vulnerable populations such as the elderly, individuals with disabilities, and families with children. Typical work included air sealing, attic and dense-pack sidewall insulation, heating system improvements, and minor structural repairs, resulting in an average energy savings of 35% ($700) per weatherized home.
- The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) received a $14,752,100 grant to advance clean technology and energy efficiency goals at the community level. The Mass Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funded 91 energy projects and 42 municipal site monitoring visits. Over 40 communities were provided technical assistance for energy-saving performance projects or solar panel projects totaling approximately 1000 KW of installed solar power. Energy code training and curriculum for Massachusetts municipal building code officials were also completed. Additionally, with financial savings from the various funded activities, project partners identified specific opportunities to reduce drinking water and wastewater treatment facility energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.