April 12, 2017 \u2013 The Baker-Polito Administration today awarded Green Communities designation grants totaling $1,830,735 to Brockton, Medfield, Dartmouth, Dover, Marshfield, and New Bedford. The awards will fund clean energy projects and were presented by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito at a ceremony at Brockton City Hall.\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. \u201cOur newest Green Communities will now have additional resources to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy, locking in energy savings for residents and reducing their carbon footprints.\u201d\n\n\u201cOur municipal partners continue to help us lead the way on renewable energy by adopting practices that allow them 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\u00a0five criteria\u00a0to 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.\u00a0\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\n\t\t\tAward\n\t\tBrockton\n\t\t\t$526,000\n\t\tDartmouth\n\t\t\t$233,750\n\t\tDover\n\t\t\t$137,145\n\t\tMarshfield\n\t\t\t$182,720\n\t\tMedfield\u00a0\u00a0\n\t\t\t$146,815\n\t\tNew Bedford\n\t\t\t$604,305\n\t\tA full list of projects funded by the Green Communities program can be found here.\n\n\u201cI am thrilled to see Marshfield be designated as a Green Community,\u201d said State Senator Patrick O\u0027Connor (R-Weymouth). \u201cI thank Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Polito for promoting sustainability and environmental consciousness, especially in areas of greater environmental concern. As a coastal community, Marshfield, and the entire South Shore are taking on the responsibility to promote and use renewable resources, and I look forward to our future investments in greener communities.\u201d\n\n\u201cIt is great to see Medfield joining over 175 communities in the Commonwealth committed to prioritizing forward-thinking energy strategies.\u00a0 I\u2019m thankful to the Baker-Polito administration and the Department of Energy Resources for including Medfield in this most recent group of grant recipients,\u201d said State Senator James Timilty\u00a0(D-Walpole). \u201cThe Green Communities initiative is a perfect example of what makes Massachusetts a national leader in enacting responsible energy policy.\u201d\n\n\u201cCongratulations to New Bedford and Dartmouth for being designated as Green Communities,\u201d said Assistant Majority Leader Senator Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford). \u201cI am proud to have a role in the legislative leadership that ensures both communities have the resources to pioneer the way in solar energy and numerous other green initiatives making our environment cleaner and securing it for future generations.\u201d\n\n\u201cThe old adage, \u2018think globally, act locally\u2019, applies most truly to efforts addressing climate change and sustainability,\u201d said State Representative Jim Cantwell (D-Marshfield). \u201cOur cities and towns are the prime movers and shakers in promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, and I commend the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Secretary Beaton for their continued support of these local efforts.\u201d\n\n\u201cBrockton\u2019s designation as a Green Community demonstrates our commitment to furthering clean energy and energy efficient projects in our city,\u201d said State Representative Claire Cronin (D-Easton). \u201cThis designation is a great example of state and local partnerships investing in and supporting local renewable energy initiatives.\u201d\n\n\u201cThis designation means a lot to New Bedford, because it proves that we have re-established ourselves as leaders in energy and highlights our dedication to clean, renewable sources.\u201d said State Representative Antonio F.D. Cabral (D \u2013 New Bedford). \u201cIf we want to succeed as a state in achieving our clean energy, efficiency and emissions goals, all cities and towns have to work together and I\u2019m proud that New Bedford has been recognized for contributing to this collective effort.\u201d\n\n\u201cI am thrilled that Brockton is one of 30 new communities to be named a Green Community and has committed to reducing energy consumption by 20 percent in five years,\u201d said State Representative Gerry Cassidy (D-Brockton). \u201cThis grant will allow the city to achieve these goals and work towards cleaner, renewable energy.\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.\u00a0 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.\u00a0 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.\u00a0\u201cCommunities all across the state will use these grant funds for innovative programs to reduce\u00a0energy\u00a0usage and invest in renewable\u00a0energy\u00a0projects, 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.