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PRESS RELEASE- Downing & Bosley Announce Local Renewable Energy Grants: $800,000 Awarded for Design and Construction of Two Innovative Projects
December 12, 2008

Pittsfield– State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D – Pittsfield) and State Representative Daniel E. Bosley (D-North Adams) announce today that two local organizations have been selected to receive grants from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative’s (MTC) Renewable Energy Trust Fund, under the Trust’s Large Onsite Renewable Initiative (LORI).


In this round, Berkshire East Ski Resort in Charlemont and the City of Pittsfield have each been awarded $400,000 from LORI.


“Programs like LORI provide substantial investment to large-scale renewable energy projects, allowing the energy production and consumption landscape to shift towards more responsible and sustainable practices,” said Downing.  “I am pleased that MTC has selected Berkshire East and the City of Pittsfield for grant funding to proceed with energy saving projects.”


"Congratulations to Berkshire East for receiving this grant from the Renewable Energy Trust Fund,” said Bosley.  “Based on the successes in reducing energy costs at Jiminy Peak in Hancock, I look forward to seeing how this project will affect electricity costs at Berkshire East and in the surrounding area and hopefully serve as an example for the rest of Franklin County."


The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, as administrator of the Renewable Energy Trust Fund uses the Large Onsite Renewables Initiative to expand the production and use of distributed renewable energy technologies in Massachusetts.  MTC seeks to develop a diverse portfolio of renewable energy projects across a variety of locations, technologies, and building types.  Applications for LORI are accepted on a biannual basis for a highly competitive selection process.  To learn more about the Renewable Energy Trust and the LORI program, please visit





Berkshire East Ski Resort, Charlemont

Grant Amount: $400,000

Project Description: Berkshire East Ski Resort (BESR) is working with Sustainable Energy Developments, Inc. (SED) to design and construct a 600kW wind turbine on their property located in Charlemont, Massachusetts. Berkshire East Ski Resort is one of the leading destinations for skiers in Massachusetts and has been in operation since 1950. Because of the energy intensive nature of snow production, BESR uses a substantial amount of electricity.  Berkshire East Ski Resort is strongly committed to this project and intends to complete construction before the resort opens for business in late 2009.


City of Pittsfield

Grant Amount: $400,000

Project Description: The City of Pittsfield intends to install a biogas CHP system at its wastewater treatment plant. The project will use skid-mounted microturbines for a total rating of 195 kW. Pittsfield’s wastewater treatment plant already has an anaerobic digester and the biogas is currently being flared. The biogas will be used to generate electricity and heat to meet baseload demands at the site and reduce the environmental impact associated with flaring of the biogas. All the electricity produced will be used onsite and the waste heat will be recovered to heat the sludge being treated in the digester.




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