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PRESS RELEASE - Downing and Bosley Laud Energy Education Grant Awarded to NBCC
August 13, 2008

BOSTONState Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D – Pittsfield) and State Representative Daniel E. Bosley (D – North Adams) announced today that the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (NBCC) has been chosen to receive a $5,000 Energy Education Grant from the Office of Attorney General Martha Coakley. 


“As energy costs continue to rise, it is important that consumers have access to the educational tools and low-cost steps they can take to lower their energy expenses,” said Downing.  “This funding will allow NBCC to provide this essential information throughout Northern Berkshire County before the cold weather strikes.”


In June, the Attorney General’s Office began accepting applications from non-profit organizations interested in energy efficiency education.  The funding for these grants is a result of an agreement the Attorney General’s Office reached in March with a nationwide energy supplier that operates in the Commonwealth.  Energy Education Grants must be used for consumer education and prevention efforts that relate to the high costs of home heating, electricity and other utilities.


"With rising fuel costs, funds for home heating assistance will be strained and it is imperative that community residents are equipped with the proper resources, be it financial or informative in nature, to ensure they prepare for the upcoming winter.  In the past, the Coalition has worked hard disseminating information to the community so I am pleased they received this funding," said Bosley.


NBCC plans to use the grant to supplement their Take Charge program.  Take Charge is a campaign of North Adams and the Northern Berkshires to save money on home energy bills.  In the face of rising energy costs and winter coming, Take Charge empowers residents to take no-cost or low-cost measures in their homes to become more efficient, comfortable and affordable to live in. 


“We all need to start doing a better job of using less energy,” said NBCC Executive Director Al Bashevkin. “Take Charge can help you take important first steps down this path in a cost-effective way.”


For more information on Take Charge, contact the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition at (413) 663-7588 or visit




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