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\u2019s announcement, the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has awarded over $60 million to Green Communities in designation and competitive grants since 2010.\n\n\u201cCities and towns are on the forefront of clean energy adaptation across the Commonwealth and are vital partners in meeting Massachusetts\u2019 ambitious energy goals and emissions commitments,\u201d\u00a0said Governor Charlie Baker.\u00a0\u201cThese grants will allow the Green Communities to build upon the impressive efforts undertaken to earn their distinguished designation.\u201d\n\n\u201cGreen Communities are champions for clean energy practices across the Massachusetts and should be commended for their efforts to reduce energy use and costs,\u201d\u00a0said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. \u201cAchieving the Commonwealth\u2019s ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction commitments will only be possible with the help of our partner communities in this program.\u201d\n\nUnder the Green Communities Act, cities and towns must meet\u00a0five criteria\u00a0to 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\u2019 clean energy goals. 155 Massachusetts cities and towns\u00a0 file size 1MB have currently earned the Green Communities designation,\u00a0representing 54 percent of Massachusetts\u2019 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.\n\n\u201cThe 47 communities receiving over $9.5 million today should be commended for their leadership in embracing clean energy goals at the local level,\u201d\u00a0said Energy and Environmental Affairs\u00a0Secretary Matthew Beaton. \u201cThe 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.\u201d\n\nThe 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.\n\n\u201cThe 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,\u201d\u00a0said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson. \u201cThese 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.\u201d\n\n\u00a0\n\nMunicipality Grants\n\nAwardee\n\t\t\tAmount\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\t\tAwardee\n\t\t\tAmount\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\tTown of Amherst\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$175,971.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\t\tTown of Millbury\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$247,661.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\tTown of Arlington\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$247,943.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\t\tTown of Natick\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$250,000.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\tTown of Ashland\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$224,100.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\t\tCity of Newburyport\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$250,000.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\tTown of Auburn\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$186,773.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\t\tCity of Newton\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$250,000.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\tTown of Ayer\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$217,046.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\t\tTown of Pembroke\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$250,000.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\tTown of Berlin\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$123,211.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\t\tTown of Petersham\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$29,982.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\tCity of Beverly\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$195,143.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\t\tTown of Rockland\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$245,839.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\tTown of Bridgewater\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$202,475.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\t\tTown of Scituate\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$207,506.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\tTown of Brookline\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$125,000.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\t\tTown of Shirley\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$72,742.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\tTown of Carlisle\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$202,381.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\t\tCity of Somerville\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$248,922.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\tTown of Chelmsford\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$247,915.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\t\tTown of Sutton\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$121,732.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\tTown of Concord\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$250,000.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\t\tTown of Tewksbury\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$187,201.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\tTown of Framingham\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$250,000.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\t\tTown of Townsend\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$202,770.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\tTown of Hamilton\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$250,000.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\t\tTown of Tyngsborough\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$250,000.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\tTown of Hanover\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$144,731.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\t\tTown of Upton\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$170,633.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\tCity of Holyoke\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$115,895.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\t\tTown of Wenham\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$249,950.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\tTown of Hopkinton\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$174,500.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\t\tTown of Westford\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$250,000.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\tTown of Lancaster\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$250,000.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\t\tTown of Westwood\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$210,142.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\tCity of Leominster\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$250,000.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\t\tTown of Williamstown\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$65,936.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\tTown of Lexington\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$244,960.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\t\tTown of Winchester\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$215,204.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\tCity of Marlborough\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$194,336.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\t\tCity of Winthrop\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$119,649.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\tTown of Maynard\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$246,792.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\t\tCity of Woburn\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$250,000.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\tCity of Medford\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$250,000.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\t\tCity of Worcester\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$248,849.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\tTown of Medway\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$216,577.00\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\t\t\nFor additional information on awarded projects and funding amounts, please click here\u00a0.\n\n\u201cThe 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,\u201d said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst). \u00a0\u00a0\u201cThese grants will help communities achieve our energy goals and continue to lead the nation in energy efficiency and renewable energy.\u201d\n\n\u201cThe Green Communities Grant program is successfully encouraging municipalities to improve energy efficiency and use renewable resources,\u201d said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop). \u201cI commend the grant recipients and\u00a0thank the Baker Administration for supporting these laudable projects.\u201d\n\nThe grants are funded through proceeds from Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) auctions and Alternative Compliance Payments under the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard.\n\nAll 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.\n\n\u201cWith their continued commitment toward making significant investments in energy efficiency projects, Green Communities are true leaders of energy conservation in the Commonwealth,\u201d said Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury).\u00a0 \u201cAs 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.\u00a0 I applaud efforts by local officials and DOER in helping to bring these ideas and programs to fruition.\u201d\u00a0\n\n\u0022This is great news for Auburn and Millbury,\u201d said State Representative Paul K. Frost (R-Auburn). \u201cI 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.\u0022\n\nClick here for more information on DOER\u0027s Green Communities program.