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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Awards $9.6 Million for Hospital Resiliency Projects

Grants Will Fund Clean Energy Upgrades at Critical Care Facilities
For immediate release:
8/23/2018
  • Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards $9.6 Million for Hospital Resiliency Projects

Jessica Ridlen, Communications Director, Mass DOER

PittsfieldThe Baker-Polito Administration today awarded nine grants totaling $9,671,558 to Massachusetts hospitals to ensure they are able to provide medical services through long duration electricity outages by utilizing clean energy technologies. The announcement was made by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito during a ceremony at the Berkshire Medical Center. The grants, funded by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER), are the latest round of the Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative (CCERI), a $40 million initiative focused on community resiliency projects that use clean energy technology solutions to protect from interruptions in energy services due to severe climate events made worse by the effects of climate change.

“Ensuring facilities that provide critical care services are more resilient during severe weather events makes Massachusetts safer for all residents,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The grants awarded under the Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative will help build a more resilient grid and continue to advance the Commonwealth’s commitment to strengthen the resilience of our communities while adapting to climate change.”

“The continuity of care for our most vulnerable populations during times of severe weather increases availability of our first responders when their services are needed most and benefits the entire Commonwealth,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “The hospitals receiving grants play a vital role in the community, not only for their medical services but also as a critical care facility to surrounding vulnerable populations.”

“The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to ensuring that we lead by example in preparing the Commonwealth for effects of climate change and improving our energy resiliency,” said Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “The goal of these grants is to help critical care facilities that support and strengthen our communities to keep the lights on and continue to care for our citizen’s regardless of the weather conditions.”

“Preparing our hospitals to sustain operations and to care for those injured or sick during severe weather is a top priority”, said Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders. “These funds will strengthen the resilience of our healthcare system and benefit our communities.”

The first and second rounds of CCERI funding, totaling $26 million, were used for implementation projects that utilized clean energy technologies to improve resiliency at critical facilities across the Commonwealth. Projects ranged from a municipal microgrid energy storage system in Sterling to increased resiliency for a clean energy combined heat and power system at a hospital in the City of Boston. 

“The Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative is crucial to creating a safe and reliable energy future for the Commonwealth,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson. “These efforts are proof that resilient energy infrastructure can be achieved when facilities implement innovative clean energy improvements.”

The following hospitals were awarded funding:

Berkshire Medical Center

Pittsfield

$670,000

To upgrade their new combined heat and power (CHP) system to enable and enhance black start and island mode operation during grid outages.

Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital

Boston

$1,040,000

To upgrade electrical switchgear and breakers for improved island mode operation of the existing CHP during grid outages.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Boston

$1,242,086

To add battery storage and upgrade the electrical automation and control system of the existing CHP system for improved operation during grid outages.

Heywood Hospital

Gardner

$1,836,773

To add battery storage, upgrade electrical switchgear and related equipment, for integration with existing PV and new CHP to provide black start and island mode operation capability during grid outages.

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center

Burlington

$1,056,998

To upgrade their existing CHP system with power monitoring and load management to enhance black start and island mode operation during grid outages.

Milford Regional Medical Center

Milford

$920,800

To add battery storage and upgrade the electrical automation and control system of the existing CHP system for improved operation during grid outages.

Tufts Medical Center

Boston

$1,366,896

To upgrade electrical switchgear and direct power feed from the CHP to critical load, and provide black start and island mode operation capability during grid outages.

UMass Memorial HealthAlliance Hospital

Leominster

$670,426

To upgrade electrical switchgear, load management, hot water absorption chiller, and provide black start and island mode operation capability.

UMass Memorial Medical Center/Memorial Campus

Worcester

$867,579

To upgrade electrical switchgear, load management, hot water absorption chiller, and provide black start and island mode operation capability.

More information about the Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative can be found on DOER's website. 

“I am grateful to the Baker-Polito administration for this important funding that will benefit the operations of Berkshire Medical Center in the City of Pittsfield,” said Mayor Linda Tyer (D – Pittsfield).  “As we recognize and understand the many external variables that can impact patient services, infrastructure investments such as this are critical to the life-saving work of our local hospital and the care of our residents.”

“As the impacts of climate change continue to be felt, it is important for western Massachusetts to make prudent strides forward in the adoption of clean energy, energy efficiency and resiliency measures”, said Senator Adam Hinds (D – Pittsfield). “Today’s announcement enables Berkshire Medical Center to do just that.”

"It is imperative that our Community hospital is ready for anything that will come its way”, said Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier (D – Pittsfield). “The threat of natural or manmade disasters is real and it is our responsibility to prepare for them.  This grant will go a long way to address resiliency preparation of BMC to be ready to be there for us no matter what."

“The announcement by the Baker – Polito Administration of a $670,000 Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative Grant is great news for Berkshire Medical Center”, said Representative John Barrett (D – North Adams). “The grant will fill a critical need in providing medical services to the people in Berkshire County if electricity is lost during an extreme weather event.  Utilization of clean energy to provide these services is a winning strategy on multiple fronts.”

“As the Dean of the Berkshire Delegation I’m thrilled to join my colleagues to announce this grant made possible through the work of the Baker-Politio Administration and Secretary Matt Beaton”, said Representative Smitty Pignatelli (D – Lenox). I’m glad I was able to provide support to them as House Chairman of the Environment Committee. Berkshire Medical Center is an important asset to Pittsfield and the Berkshire community and this grant will further ensure that we’re able to provide residents seeking and undergoing care with a secure and resilient grid connection during times of greatest need.” 

Funding for these grants is available through Alternative Compliance Payments (ACP) paid by retail electric suppliers that do not meet their Renewable Portfolio Standard compliance obligations through the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates. 

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards $9.6 Million for Hospital Resiliency Projects

Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources 

DOER helps create a clean, affordable, and resilient energy future for the Commonwealth.

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