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IN THE NEWS: Baker-Polito Administration Announces Municipal Energy Technical Assistance Grants for 37 Cities and Towns
August 26, 2015

BOSTON – August 26, 2015 – The Baker-Polito Administration, led by Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton and Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Commissioner Judith Judson, today announced $455,000 in Municipal Energy Technical Assistance (META) grants to develop clean energy projects for 37 communities across the Commonwealth.

“We are committed to helping Massachusetts communities reduce energy costs and meet their energy challenges through clean energy,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “These local technical assistance grants will help municipalities develop clean energy projects while creating local jobs, lowering energy costs and reducing the Commonwealth’s carbon footprint.”

“The Municipal Energy Technical Assistance grants will provide cities and towns with the financial resources and technical assistance necessary to move their communities along the path toward a cleaner energy future,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “The administration is dedicated to working with cities and towns to ensure Massachusetts continues to be a leader in clean energy and energy efficiency.”

DOER’s Municipal Energy Technical Assistance (META) grants are awarded to Massachusetts municipalities, regional school districts, and water/wastewater districts. META grants fund the services of expert consultants and contractors to aid in the negotiation and management of projects, or the performance of studies to support the development of energy projects. The grants are funded through proceeds from Alternative Compliance Payments (ACP) under the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).

“Energy projects are often complicated endeavors that require expertise that many municipalities don’t have access to on staff. META grants provide access to those resources that can help communities achieve significant energy, cost, and greenhouse gas emission reductions,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “Through this program, we are able to work with municipalities to reduce energy use in the Commonwealth and encourage the innovation of our growing clean energy technology sector.”

The projects and studies funded this round will support the performance of solar photovoltaic site evaluation, heating system replacements, ASHRAE Level II audits, and technical analysis of energy use at drinking water and wastewater facilities.

“DOER is pleased to offer these grants to Massachusetts cities and towns each year,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson. “We consistently hear that they often provide the catalyst needed to get local energy projects out of the starting gate and moving toward the finish line.”      

DOER awarded grants to the following communities and public entities: Adams, Andover, Ayer, Belmont, Berlin, Chelmsford, Conway, Deerfield, Easton, Framingham, Hamilton, Hampden, Hampshire Regional School District, Haverhill, Hawley, Huntington, Lanesborough, Lawrence, Lincoln, Lowell, Lunenburg, Mohawk Trail Regional School District, Montague, Natick, Newton, Oak Bluffs, Petersham, Provincetown, Rutland, Somerville, South Hadley, Sudbury Water District, Tisbury, Turner’s Falls Water Department, Wenham, Weston, and Windsor.

“The success of our efforts over the last 8 years has been a partnership between state government, local government and innovative companies of all sizes,” said State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield). “I am thrilled to see these efforts continue in municipalities and schools districts across the state, especially in western Massachusetts.”

“Many cities and towns across the state have pursued energy efficiencies and cost savings with great success,” said State Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester). “The partnerships between local government officials, lawmakers and the Baker-Polito administration will directly help communities get results that will benefit us all for many years to come. Awarded towns, like Hamilton and Wenham, have made a focused effort to lead the way in saving money and energy.”

“This funding is a great step towards giving municipalities access to energy efficiency and clean technology that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to implement on their own,” said State Representative Thomas A. Golden Jr., House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy (D-Lowell). “Investment in our municipalities’ infrastructure is necessary as we transition to a green economy.”

“Petersham has stepped to the forefront of Massachusetts communities in terms of developing creative clean energy resources,” said State Representative Susannah Whipps Lee (R-Athol). “The $12,500 Municipal Energy Technical Assistance grant from the Baker-Polito Administration will help jumpstart Petersham's efforts to install photovoltaic panels.”

Information on grant amounts and project details can be found here.

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