July 11, 2016 \u2013 The Baker-Polito Administration today announced $2.3 million in funding to four organizations that will use clean and efficient energy technologies to lower energy bills for low-income residents and multi-family buildings across the Commonwealth. Part of the Baker-Polito Administration\u2019s Affordable Access to Clean and Efficient Energy Initiative, the funding is expected to save residents and property owners $1.2 million annually on their energy bills.\n\n\u201cThese grants will provide cost-saving opportunities to Massachusetts families and low-income residents who need it most,\u201d said Governor Charlie Baker. \u201cOur administration is working to provide everyone in Massachusetts affordable access to the economic and environmental benefits of clean energy and energy efficiency.\u201d\n\n\u201cFamilies across Massachusetts, regardless of income, should be able to save money and improve their environment through clean and efficient energy technologies,\u201d said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. \u201cThis assistance will help the Massachusetts residents who are most affected by high energy costs, as well as support the Commonwealth\u2019s growing clean energy industry.\u201d\n\n\u201cThe Baker-Polito Administration is committed to supporting programs that connect low- and moderate-income Massachusetts residents with technologies that use less energy and provide the benefits of healthier, more comfortable homes,\u201d said Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton. \u201cThese programs will also help reduce the Commonwealth\u2019s greenhouse gas emissions and energy use.\u201d\n\nThe funding, provided by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), will support:\n\nAction, Inc. \u2013 Statewide - $900,000 \u2013 Funding for the installation of high-efficiency air-source heat pumps in for low-income residents living in single-family homes with electric baseboard heating. The heat pump installations will include comprehensive energy efficiency upgrades, including weatherization, lighting and appliance replacements.\n\tNew Ecology, Inc. \u2013Statewide\u2013 $600,000 \u2013 Funding for the installation of heating and cooling monitoring equipment in approximately 100 low-income, multi-family buildings, with the goal of reducing energy costs by 5 to 20 percent.\n\tLocal Initiatives Support Corporation \u2013 Statewide \u2013 $600,000 \u2013 Funding for up to 30 comprehensive energy audits in affordable multi-family buildings approaching refinancing to demonstrate an integrated approach to systematically achieve deep energy efficiency savings and implement renewable technologies.\n\tCape Light Compact \u2013 Cape Cod and Martha\u2019s Vineyard \u2013 $250,000 \u2013 Funding for the installation of solar electricity at low-income, single- and multi-family homes, using solar renewable energy credit (SREC) payments to fund additional installations.\n\u201cThese programs will help lessen the burden for low-income residents across the Commonwealth who spend a disproportionate share of their income on energy bills,\u201d said MassCEC Interim CEO Steve Pike.\n\nLaunched in February, the Baker-Polito Administration\u2019s Affordable Access to Clean and Efficient Energy Initiative is focused on coordinating the agencies that serve the energy and housing needs of the Commonwealth\u2019s low- and moderate-income residents and identifying the most effective strategies to direct funding. The initiative includes an inter-secretariat working group and a $15 million commitment from the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and MassCEC for clean energy programs to expand opportunities for low- and moderate-income residents.\n\n\u201cMassachusetts is a national leader in energy efficiency, ranking first in the country the past five years,\u201d said DOER Commissioner Judith Judson. \u201cDOER is proud to work with our partners across state government to increase access to our innovative energy savings to all Massachusetts residents, regardless of income.\u201d\n\n\u201cThese investments are wins all around,\u201d said State Senator Benjamin Downing (D-Pittsfield), Senate Chairman of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. \u201cThey help hardworking families save a little bit, they help the environment by reducing energy demand and they help the state continue to lead the nation in energy efficiency.\u201d\n\n\u201cMassachusetts is on the cutting edge in creating solutions that drive down our energy costs and shrink our carbon footprint,\u201d stated State Representative Thomas A. Golden, Jr. (D-Lowell), House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Telecommunication, Utilities, and Energy. \u201cThanks to funding from the Baker Administration\u2019s Affordable Access to Clean and Efficient Energy Initiative, these innovative measures will benefit low-income individuals and families in our communities.\u201d\n\nThe grants are funded through MassCEC\u2019s Renewable Energy Trust, which was created by the Massachusetts Legislature in 1998. The trust is funded by a systems benefit charge paid by electric customers of investor-owned utilities in the state, along with municipal electric departments that have opted to participate in the program. The average residential customer contributes 32 cents to the Renewable Energy Trust each month.