May 24, 2017 \u2013 The Baker-Polito Administration today awarded Green Communities designation grants totaling $645,000 to Malden and Chelsea. The awards will fund clean energy projects and were presented by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito at a ceremony at the Malden Senior Center.\n\nEarlier this year, 30 Massachusetts cities and towns were designated by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) as Green Communities, committing to an ambitious renewable energy agenda to reduce energy consumption and emissions. Over half of the Commonwealth\u2019s municipalities have earned their Green Communities designation and 64 percent of residents live in a Green Community. Since the program began in 2010, DOER\u2019s Green Communities division has awarded over $65 million in grant funding to the Commonwealth\u2019s cities and towns through designation and competitive grant rounds.\n\n\u201cThe Green Communities program is an excellent example of how state and local governments can work together to save taxpayer money and promote responsible energy policies,\u201d said Governor Charlie Baker. \u201cThe 30 newest Green Communities in the Commonwealth will have additional resources to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy, securing energy savings for residents and reducing their carbon footprints.\u201d\n\n\u201cOur municipal partners continue to help Massachusetts lead the way on renewable energy by adopting practices to reduce energy consumption, while saving money that can be directed to vital municipal functions, like public safety and education,\u201d said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. \u201cWe look forward to continuing to provide cities and towns across the Commonwealth the tools they need to reduce energy costs, usage and emissions.\u201d\n\nThe Commonwealth\u2019s 185 Green Communities range from the Berkshires to Cape Cod and are home to 64 percent of Massachusetts\u2019 population in municipalities as large as Boston and as small as Rowe. Under the Green Communities Act, cities and towns must meet five criteria to be designated a Green Community and receive funding, including reducing municipal energy consumption by 20 percent over five years. The 30 newly designated Green Communities have committed to reducing their energy consumption amounting to savings of $6,241,862 of energy costs and 2,234,090 MMBtu in five years, energy use equivalent to heating and powering nearly 2,718 homes, and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 27,641 metric tons, equivalent to taking 5,819 cars off the roads.\n\n\u201cWhen Massachusetts\u2019 cities and towns invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency programs everyone wins, from taxpayers savings to a statewide reduction in emissions,\u201d said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Beaton. \u201cWith these designations, DOER\u2019s Green Communities program continues to prove an effective tool in building a clean, renewable energy future for the Commonwealth.\u201d\n\n\u201cDOER is proud to work with cities and towns across Massachusetts as they take important steps in embracing renewable energy and energy efficiency at the local level,\u201d said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judson. \u201cThese designations are simply the beginning of an important relationship between the Commonwealth and our municipal partners as we work towards our shared clean energy goals.\u201d\n\nDOER awarded funding for projects in these newly designated Green Communities include:\n\nMunicipality\u00a0\n\t\t\tAward\n\t\tMalden\n\t\t\t\u00a0$312,460\n\t\tChelsea\n\t\t\t\u00a0$332,540\n\t\t\u00a0\n\nA full list of projects funded by the Green Communities program can be found here.\n\n\u201cI join my colleagues and the citizens of Malden in welcoming Lt. Governor Karyn Polito in celebration of Malden\u0027s recognition as a Green Community,\u201d said Representative Paul Donato (D-Malden).\n\n\u201cBecoming a Green Community represents a major achievement in Malden\u2019s energy and environmental objectives. This money will help Malden expand efforts to conserve energy, cut costs, and protect our environment,\u201d said State Representative Steven Ultrino (D-Malden). \u201cThis grant award will benefit all of Malden\u2019s residents for years to come, and the Green Communities designation will allow Malden to compete for future grants as well.\u201d\n\n\u201cI want to thank the Baker-Polito administration for designating the City of Chelsea as a Green Community,\u201d said State Representative RoseLee Vincent (D-Revere). \u201cThrough their generosity, the City of Chelsea will be able to collaborate with the DOER to find clean energy solutions that will reduce long-term energy costs and help the residents and businesses of the city.\u201d\n\n\u201cI am very pleased that the City of Malden will receive this much deserved designation,\u201d said State Representative Paul Brodeur (D-Melrose). \u201cCreating a clean, environmentally friendly Malden has been a major priority for our community for a long time, and the Commonwealth\u2019s partnership with local leaders will serve to further that goal.\u201d\n\nUnder the Green Communities Act, DOER\u2019s Green Communities Designation and Grant Program can provide up to $20 million annually to qualified cities and towns. The goal of the Designation Grant Program is support communities\u2019 investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that further the clean energy goals determined by the designated communities. Initial Designation Grants are based on a $125,000 base for each designated Green Community, plus additional amounts tied to per capita income and population, and for municipalities that provide as-of-right siting for renewable energy generation.\n\n\u201cThe Green Communities Program is an outstanding example of the strong partnership that the Baker-Polito Administration and the Legislature have forged with cities and towns,\u201d said Geoffrey C. Beckwith, the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Municipal Association. \u201cCommunities all across the state will use these grant funds for innovative programs to reduce energy usage and invest in renewable energy projects, and the benefits will flow to taxpayers and the environment.\u201d\n\nFunding for these grants is available through proceeds from carbon allowance auctions under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and 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.