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COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS Deval L. Patrick, Governor Richard K. Sullivan, Jr., Secretary Mark Sylvia, Commissioner. The Green Communities Division Partnering with Massachusetts Cities and Towns Joanne Bissetta Regional Coordinator Green Communities Division. 495 Partnership/MAPD

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Commonwealth of massachusetts deval l patrick governor richard k sullivan jr secretary mark sylvia commissioner

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS

Deval L. Patrick, Governor

Richard K. Sullivan, Jr., Secretary

Mark Sylvia, Commissioner

The Green Communities Division Partnering with Massachusetts

Cities and Towns

Joanne Bissetta

Regional Coordinator

Green Communities Division

495 Partnership/MAPD

October 19, 2012


Serves as the hub for all massachusetts cities and towns on energy matters

Serves as the hub for all Massachusetts cities and towns on energy matters

Green Communities Division


Going green what does it mean

Going Green: What does it Mean?

Cities, towns and other local governmental bodies can reduce their energy costs by:

  • Establishing an Energy Committee / Designating an Energy Officer

  • Establishing an energy baseline for municipal buildings, schools, streetlights and all vehicles

  • Performing energy audits on municipal buildings

  • Implementing energy efficiency measures (e.g. town investments, utility rebates and incentives, grant programs and performance contracting)

  • Changing behaviors: (e.g. energy conservation policies)

  • Exploring renewable energy opportunities


Green communities division programs and resources for communities

Green Communities Division Programs and Resources for Communities

  • Green Communities Designation and Grant Program

  • MassEnergyInsight energy tracking and analysis tool

  • Municipal Energy Efficiency Program

  • Energy Management Services Technical Assistance

  • ARRA stimulus funding for cities and towns

  • Mass Municipal Energy Group (MMEG)

  • Clean Energy Results Program (CERP)

  • Website filled with tools & resources www.mass.gov/energy/greencommunities

  • Email updates via listserv–send an email to: [email protected]


Commonwealth of massachusetts deval l patrick governor richard k sullivan jr secretary mark sylvia commissioner

Green Communities Designation and Grant Program

Qualification Criteria - Designation

Adopt as-of-right siting for RE/AE generation, R&D, or manufacturing

Adopt expedited permitting process

Create an Energy Reduction Plan to reduce energy use by 20% in 5 years

Purchase only fuel-efficient vehicles

Minimize life cycle cost in new construction  adopt the Stretch Code

Grant Funding

Energy Efficiency Projects

Renewable Energy Projects on municipal land

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Commonwealth of massachusetts deval l patrick governor richard k sullivan jr secretary mark sylvia commissioner

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Commonwealth of massachusetts deval l patrick governor richard k sullivan jr secretary mark sylvia commissioner

103 Green Communities

Grant allocations based on a $125K base plus a population/per capita income formula; maximum $1M.

Town GrantPopulation

Acton$150,794 + $141,498 21,924

Harvard$141,200 6,520

Hopkinton$137,502 + $156,792 14,925

Marlborough$217,125 38,499

Maynard$160,025 10,106

Sudbury$136,238 + $250,000 17,659

Projects being funded include energy conservation measures, energy savings performance contracts, solar PV projects, incremental costs for hybrid vehicles, residential efficiency grant programs.

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Commonwealth of massachusetts deval l patrick governor richard k sullivan jr secretary mark sylvia commissioner

  • FREE online tool for MA cities, towns, RSD & WTP

  • Provides:

    • Automated electronic download of utility data

    • All energy costs and accounts in one place

    • Standard and custom reporting

  • One tool to do it all:

    • Benchmark: track energy use by town, department or building

    • Identify:least efficient buildings for efficiency action

    • Measure and verify: energy use trends by building over time


Commonwealth of massachusetts deval l patrick governor richard k sullivan jr secretary mark sylvia commissioner

To date more than 400 individuals in more than 200 towns trained to use MassEnergyInsight to benchmark and monitor ongoing energy use, costs, and emissions


Energy management services assistance mgl c25a sections 11c and 11i

Energy Management Services Assistance – MGL c25A sections 11C and 11i

  • Also known as Energy Savings Performance Contracting

  • Provide a guide, model RFR/RFQ and model contract documents

  • Review bid documents & contracts

  • Educate and guide communities through the process

    Contact: Eileen McHugh at [email protected],

    617-626-7305


Commonwealth of massachusetts deval l patrick governor richard k sullivan jr secretary mark sylvia commissioner

Green Communities Division – What’s New?

What

  • Web-based community

  • Managed by MMA

    Goal

  • Help Commonwealth's cities and towns exchange information and knowledge to reduce local energy use and carbon footprint

    Who

    Mayors, town managers, boards of selectmen, building inspectors, school superintendents, school board members, members of energy or sustainability committees . . . and others

    MMA CONTACT: Victor Nascimento, [email protected]

Massachusetts Municipal Energy Group

Made possible by a grant from the Green Communities Division


Massachusetts municipal energy group

Massachusetts Municipal Energy Group

Made possible by a grant from the Green Communities Division


Green communities division what s new

Green Communities Division – What’s new?

U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Award:

Mass Solar – Making it EZ

  • DOE SunShot Rooftop Solar Challenge to

    Induce Market Transformation

  • Award: $566,354

    • Develop model local permitting process, including guidance for structural review

    • Develop model zoning bylaws

    • Design community solar financing model

  • Partners: Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC); City of Boston; City of Cambridge; Town of Harvard; Town of Hatfield; Town of Winchester; Solar Energy Business Association of New England (SEBANE); Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS); Massachusetts Development Financing Agency (MassDevelopment)


Green communities division what s new1

Green Communities Division – What’s new?

Owner’s Agent/Technical Assistance Grants

  • To be announced later this fall

  • Provides up to $12,500 toward services

  • Town selects vendor

    • ESCo contract evaluation

    • PPA negotiation for renewables on public property

    • Engineering studies for more efficient HVAC


Green community contacts

Green Community Contacts

Meg Lusardi – Director

[email protected](617) 626-7364

Joanne Bissetta – Regional Coordinator

[email protected](978) 694-3315

Kelly Brown – Regional Coordinator

[email protected] (508)767-2703

Website: www.mass.gov/energy/greencommunities


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