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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Awards $6.3M in Green Communities Grants

51 Communities Receive Funds for Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Projects
For immediate release:
9/20/2022
  • Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards $6.3M in Green Communities Grants

Lauren Diggin, External Affairs Manager

MELROSEAs part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s celebration of Climate Week, the administration today announced the awarding of $6,309,686 in Green Communities competitive grants to 51 municipalities across Massachusetts to fund clean energy projects. With today’s announcement, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has awarded nearly $160 million to Green Communities in Designation Grants and Competitive Grants since 2010.

“Supporting cities and towns as they implement local projects that reduce long-term energy costs and carbon emissions is essential to helping Massachusetts meet its aggressive climate goals and achieve net-zero emissions in 2050,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Massachusetts continues to be a national leader in climate action and our administration is committed to supporting energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that make the Commonwealth a cleaner, healthier, and more affordable place to live.”

“Our 280 Green Communities are true advocates for clean energy practices and should be applauded for their efforts to lower energy use and costs,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “We look forward to seeing the continued growth in energy innovation and savings, as well as the reduction in harmful greenhouse gas emissions that these grants will facilitate in towns and cities across the Commonwealth.”

Under the Green Communities Act, cities and towns must meet five criteria to be designated a Green Community and receive funding. The grants provide financial support for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that further the designated communities’ clean energy goals. 280 Massachusetts cities and towns, which account for 88 percent of the Commonwealth’s population, have currently earned the Green Communities designation. This round of DOER Green Communities competitive grants is awarded to existing Green Communities that have successfully invested their initial designation grants and previous competitive grant awards. Grants are capped at $200,000 per municipality, with the exception of larger multi-year projects, which are capped at $500,000. Funding for these grants is available through proceeds from carbon allowance auctions under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

“Massachusetts continues to lead in the clean energy transition, and partnering with municipalities to achieve our shared clean energy goals is a vital part of our strategy as we collectively move forward,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Beth Card. The clean energy projects the Green Communities grants will fund, including air-source heat pumps, hybrid police cruisers, battery-electric vehicles, and electric vehicle charging stations, will deliver improved public health and provide better quality of life for our residents.”

“The recent increase in oil and natural gas pricing makes the transition to efficient clean technologies critical for both municipal budgets and the state’s transition to a net-zero economy,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Patrick Woodcock. “The grants awarded to these 51 communities continue to refocus on municipalities’ building and transportation emissions and will provide an investment in their economies while working to move the Commonwealth to a clean energy future.”

More than half of the communities in this round of grants included at least one vehicular project. Communities are installing 12 charging stations, replacing 18 gas-powered police cruisers with hybrid SUV police cruisers, and replacing 7 gas-powered vehicles with battery-electric vehicles. The annual greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction from these vehicular projects is 231 tons, and the lifetime reduction is 1,158 tons. Additionally, more than a third of the communities in this round have at least one heat pump project. Once installed, those projects will reduce GHG emissions by 284 tons annually, and 6,299 tons during the equipments’ lifetime.

The following municipalities received grant awards:

Municipality

Grant Award

Municipality

Grant Award

Acushnet

$95,336

Nahant

$103,863

Andover

$98,618

Newburyport

$36,867

Arlington

$100,000

Northbridge

$89,916

Auburn

$100,000

Oxford

$200,000

Boxford

$61,305

Pepperell

$189,869

Dighton

$68,513

Plympton

$84,562

Dover

$500,000

Rochester

$117,430

Duxbury

$48,678

Rockland

$97,718

Easton

$89,069

Rockport

$200,000

Greenfield

$100,302

Salem

$62,584

Hamilton

$164,209

Seekonk

$60,094

Haverhill

$191,809

Shelburne

$119,883

Holliston

$199,718

Southborough

$100,000

Kingston

$73,003

Stow

$5,000

Lanesborough

$106,880

Sunderland

$10,000

Leicester

$189,551

Tisbury

$71,690

Leominster

$64,930

Topsfield

$132,000

Lowell

$100,000

Truro

$158,511

Lunenburg

$187,140

Ware

$34,229

Lynn

$99,418

Warren

$200,000

Manchester-by-the-Sea

$21,989

Wellfleet

$200,000

Melrose

$500,000

Weston

$176,839

Mendon

$79,542

Westwood

$90,000

Merrimac

$70,089

Whately

$91,903

Millbury

$93,106

Yarmouth

$200,000

Millis

$73,524

   

“Melrose is committed to reaching our Net Zero goals, and I am grateful to the Baker Administration for awarding Melrose a Green Communities grant to support the decarbonization of our library renovation project,” said Melrose Mayor Paul Brodeur. “This state-local partnership is critical to the success of our climate change mitigation efforts.”

“I have been pleased to join the legislature this session in passing two comprehensive climate laws and in funding the Green Communities Grant program as a critical lever in addressing our climate crisis,” said State Representative Kate Lipper-Garabedian (D-Melrose). “It is especially rewarding to see my City again be awarded a competitive grant through this program, reflecting Melrose’s ongoing commitment to projects that will help the Commonwealth meet our net zero goals. I’m thrilled that this grant will complement and further enhance the renovation project at the Melrose Public Library, a cornerstone of our community.

“How wonderful that we are celebrating the progressive and forward-thinking decarbonization of the Melrose library during this week of all weeks,” said State Senator Jason Lewis (D-Winchester). “It is banned book week at the library, where the Melrose library leads the community in celebrating the freedom to read and highlights the value of open access to information – values critical to our collective effort to combat climate change and reduce our damaging fossil fuel emissions. I applaud the City for its leadership in pursuing this project to mitigate and lessen our contribution to climate change.”

Representing total cost savings of over $1 million annually and leveraging utility incentives of over $1.5 million, once completed, the grant-supported projects are estimated to yield energy savings of over 37,880 MMBtus, which translates to the amount of energy consumed by 294 Massachusetts households. In GHG terms, the projects are estimated to reduce emissions by 2,626 metric tons – roughly equal to taking more than 570 cars off the road. For additional information on awarded projects and funding amounts, please visit the program’s webpage for this round of 2022 Green Communities Competitive Grants.

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