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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Awards Green Communities Grants

47 Communities Receive $9,580,467 for Clean Energy Projects
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  • Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

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Auburn — Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton today awarded Green Communities competitive grants totaling $9,580,467 to 47 municipalities across Massachusetts to fund clean energy projects. With today’s announcement, the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has awarded over $60 million to Green Communities in designation and competitive grants since 2010.

“Cities and towns are on the forefront of clean energy adaptation across the Commonwealth and are vital partners in meeting Massachusetts’ ambitious energy goals and emissions commitments,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “These grants will allow the Green Communities to build upon the impressive efforts undertaken to earn their distinguished designation.”

“Green Communities are champions for clean energy practices across the Massachusetts and should be commended for their efforts to reduce energy use and costs,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Achieving the Commonwealth’s ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction commitments will only be possible with the help of our partner communities in this program.”

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. 155 Massachusetts cities and towns pdf format of Meet the 185 Green Communities
file size 1MB have currently earned the Green Communities designation, representing 54 percent of Massachusetts’ population. This fifth annual 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 $250,000 per municipality.

“The 47 communities receiving over $9.5 million today should be commended for their leadership in embracing clean energy goals at the local level,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to working with our municipal partners across Massachusetts to meet our shared goals of lower energy consumption and reduced emissions.”

The grants fund a range projects from ventilation system upgrades and high efficiency lighting to installation of insulation and energy management systems at municipal buildings and facilities. Also included are projects to install LED streetlights, oil-to-gas heating system conversions, electric vehicles, and electric vehicle charging stations.

“The Department of Energy Resources is proud to work with communities from the Berkshires to Cape Cod to fund innovative projects that benefit all Massachusetts citizens,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson. “These grants represent another milestone for both the communities and the Commonwealth as we continue to work collaboratively towards our shared energy goals and lowering the costs of energy for our municipalities.”


Municipality Grants

Awardee Amount   Awardee Amount  
Town of Amherst


  Town of Millbury


Town of Arlington


  Town of Natick


Town of Ashland


  City of Newburyport


Town of Auburn


  City of Newton


Town of Ayer


  Town of Pembroke


Town of Berlin


  Town of Petersham


City of Beverly


  Town of Rockland


Town of Bridgewater


  Town of Scituate


Town of Brookline


  Town of Shirley


Town of Carlisle


  City of Somerville


Town of Chelmsford


  Town of Sutton


Town of Concord


  Town of Tewksbury


Town of Framingham


  Town of Townsend


Town of Hamilton


  Town of Tyngsborough


Town of Hanover


  Town of Upton


City of Holyoke


  Town of Wenham


Town of Hopkinton


  Town of Westford


Town of Lancaster


  Town of Westwood


City of Leominster


  Town of Williamstown


Town of Lexington


  Town of Winchester


City of Marlborough


  City of Winthrop


Town of Maynard


  City of Woburn


City of Medford


  City of Worcester


Town of Medway





For additional information on awarded projects and funding amounts, please click here pdf format of 2016 Competitive Grant Awards Announced

“The Green Communities Act helped make Massachusetts in national leader in protecting our environment and putting us on a path toward a clean and sustainable future by reducing our energy consumption and cutting greenhouse gases emissions,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst).   “These grants will help communities achieve our energy goals and continue to lead the nation in energy efficiency and renewable energy.”

“The Green Communities Grant program is successfully encouraging municipalities to improve energy efficiency and use renewable resources,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop). “I commend the grant recipients and thank the Baker Administration for supporting these laudable projects.”

The grants are funded through proceeds from Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) auctions and Alternative Compliance Payments under the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard.

All Green Communities commit to reducing municipal energy consumption by 20 percent over five years. These commitments amount to collective savings of 2,153,992 MMBtu, energy use equivalent to heating and powering nearly 17,000 homes, and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 203,538 tons, equivalent to taking almost 39,000 cars off the road.

“With their continued commitment toward making significant investments in energy efficiency projects, Green Communities are true leaders of energy conservation in the Commonwealth,” said Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury).  “As the Commonwealth continues to look ahead toward sustainable energy options, these grant opportunities serve a vital function to assist these communities with achieving their goals to reduce energy consumption.  I applaud efforts by local officials and DOER in helping to bring these ideas and programs to fruition.” 

"This is great news for Auburn and Millbury,” said State Representative Paul K. Frost (R-Auburn). “I applaud both towns for their efforts to be Green Communities and for the Baker-Polito Administration for encouraging them and helping them with these grants."

Click here for more information on DOER's Green Communities program.


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