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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Awards Over $14.7 Million in Green Communities Grants

80 Communities Receive Grants for Clean Energy Projects
For immediate release:
7/20/2018
  • Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
  • Green Communities Division

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards Over $14.7 Million in Green Communities Grants

Jessica Ridlen, Communications Director, Mass DOER

WinthropJuly 20, 2018 – The Baker-Polito Administration today awarded $14,798,596 in Green Communities competitive grants to 80 municipalities across Massachusetts to fund clean energy projects. The presentation was made by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito during a ceremony at the Robert A. DeLeo Senior Center, and with today’s announcement, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has awarded nearly $100 million to Green Communities since 2010. To date, 210 Massachusetts cities and towns have earned the Green Communities designation.

“Providing communities with the tools necessary to reduce costs and carbon emissions through the Green Communities Grant program will help Massachusetts continue to be a national leader in clean energy,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Cities and towns across the Commonwealth embrace clean energy and are vital partners in meeting Massachusetts’ ambitious energy and emissions goals.”

“Green Communities are champions for clean energy practices across Massachusetts and should be commended for their efforts to reduce energy use and costs,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “These grants will allow the Green Communities to build upon the impressive efforts undertaken to earn this distinguished designation.”

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. This seventh 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 80 new communities to join the Green Communities program are leading the Commonwealth by example through their commitment to a clean energy future,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to working with our municipal partners to meet our shared goals of lowering energy costs, consumption and 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 vehicles charging stations.

“The Green Communities program is an important partnership with cities and towns to help them find clean energy solutions that reduce long-term energy costs and strengthen local economies,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson. “These grants represent another milestone for both the communities and the Commonwealth as we continue to collaborate to meet our shared energy goals.”

Municipality Grant Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acton

$249,984

Lancaster

$235,644

 

Plympton

$243,090

Acushnet

$132,287

Lenox

$248,794

 

Provincetown

$34,779

Amesbury

$250,000

Leominster

$250,000

 

Revere

$10,000

Andover

$142,625

Lexington

$196,455

 

Rockland

$210,531

Arlington

$210,290

Littleton

$250,000

 

Salem

$249,932

Athol

$116,762

Lowell

$250,000

 

Saugus

$250,000

Auburn

$229,599

Lunenburg

$198,867

 

Scituate

$242,720

Barre

$39,096

Marshfield

$250,000

 

Somerville

$187,801

Bedford

$250,000

Mashpee

$210,102

 

Southborough

$250,000

Belchertown

$46,897

Maynard

$242,936

 

Springfield

$150,000

Bridgewater

$44,000

Medway

$95,257

 

Stockbridge

$54,829

Buckland

$27,707

Middlefield

$20,295

 

Sutton

$243,482

Cambridge

$218,950

Millbury

$241,480

 

Swampscott

$249,779

Carlisle

$171,968

Millis

$219,160

 

Tewksbury

$132,772

Chelmsford

$189,809

Milton

$246,145

 

Truro

$26,314

Concord

$116,557

Natick

$245,142

 

Ware

$198,595

Dalton

$238,726

Newburyport

$195,579

 

Warwick

$225,807

Dartmouth

$232,504

Newton

$248,734

 

Watertown

$247,545

Deerfield

$166,082

N. Andover

$173,783

 

Westford

$250,000

Egremont

$7,635

Northbridge

$240,220

 

Westwood

$250,000

Essex

$155,039

Northfield

$244,929

 

Weymouth

$250,000

Framingham

$100,000

Norwell

$250,000

 

Whitman

$250,000

Gardner

$95,257

Palmer

$139,420

 

Williamsburg

$28,149

Gill

$68,465

Pelham

$31,059

 

Winchendon

$250,000

Granby

$248,702

Pembroke

$228,690

 

Winchester

$210,700

Hanover

$249,694

Pepperell

$222,005

 

Winthrop

$247,554

Hardwick

$249,556

     

Woburn

$231,330

 

 

 

 

 

 

                         

 

Funding for these grants is available through proceeds from 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.

“By supporting communities across the Commonwealth to adopt clean energy technologies we strengthen our resiliency, cut municipal operating costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop). “This program empowers our communities to take actions that will bring both economic and environmental benefits to our residents for years into the future.”

"Winthrop's receipt of this Green Communities grant is emblematic of our town's commitment to clean energy," said Senator Joseph Boncore (D-Winthrop). "As a coastal community it is essential that we maintain our clean energy and environmental infrastructure to ensure we meet energy consumption and emissions goals." 

Click here for more information on DOER's Green Communities program. All Green Communities commit to reducing municipal energy consumption by 20 percent over five years.

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards Over $14.7 Million in Green Communities Grants

Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources 

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

Green Communities Division 

The Green Communities Division (GCD) provides grants, technical assistance, and local support from Regional Coordinators to help municipalities reduce energy use and costs by implementing clean energy projects in municipal buildings, facilities, and schools.

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