DOER and the AG’s Office (AGO) will jointly develop and implement the clean energy and energy efficiency programs in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover. In partnership with the AGO, DOER is seeking input from residents and businesses within the affected communities to develop programs that will deliver meaningful benefits for their energy bills and unlock access to existing statewide energy savings programs like Mass Save. To that end, surveys to gather information from residents and businesses will be posted here soon.
Clean and Efficient Energy for Residents and Businesses in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover
$41.2 million will be devoted to the Merrimack Valley Renewal Fund, which will be jointly overseen by the AGO and DOER. The fund will support the development of new programs that will deliver energy efficiency benefits and reduced energy bills for primarily low- and moderate-income residents of Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover.
Of that $41.2 million, $25.5 million will be dedicated to new programs for low- and moderate- income residents that will be informed by community feedback, and will be implemented through partnerships with community organizations to fund: housing repairs and energy efficiency upgrades, targeted outreach and engagement with landlords and renters, and workforce development to engage local residents in the clean energy economy.
Other Clean Energy Provisions in the Settlement
As part of this settlement, Eversource will also implement several other important clean energy programs:
Eversource will prepare an analysis outlining potential decarbonization strategies for the gas business that are consistent with Governor Baker’s net-zero by 2050 greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.
Eversource will commit to Massachusetts’ aggressive three-year energy efficiency plan savings goals for the customers previously served by Columbia Gas, which provides programs and significant incentives to help customers reduce their energy usage and lower their bills through insulation and heating system upgrades.
Eversource will fund two heat pump pilot programs, including $500,000 of funding to DOER for electrification incentives in western Massachusetts for customers impacted by the natural gas moratorium.
Eversource will provide a no-cost special weatherization offer to the three affected communities in the Merrimack Valley through 2021. In addition, improved communication with landlords and partnerships with local organizations as well as Spanish speaking outreach, and customer service will be provided.
An energy relief fund will be established that will help approximately 26,000 low-income customers across the Eversource’s service territory by forgiving approximately $14.8 million in accumulated debt from their gas bills.
Next Steps for Residents or Business Owners
If you are interested in participating in these programs, are a resident of Lawrence, Andover, or North Andover, a small business or community organization, or a contractor interested in learning more, use the program contact below.
|Date published:||October 22, 2020|