Patrick Administration Announces Clean Energy Financing for Ashland, Falmouth and Salisbury

Press Release Contact: Mary-Leah Assad — 617-626-1809 or mary-leah.assad@state.ma.us

Patrick Administration Announces Clean Energy Financing for Ashland, Falmouth and Salisbury
BOSTON – Wednesday, November 12, 2014 – The Patrick Administration today announced that the towns of Ashland, Falmouth and Salisbury have been qualified to receive a total of $5.8 million in clean energy financing for municipal projects.
“Partnering with cities and towns has been a powerful engine for accelerating Massachusetts’ clean energy revolution,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett. “This financing option will help these communities cut energy costs, create local clean energy jobs and reduce energy use, which protects our environment.”
The Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 authorized the issuance of Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds(QECBs) to state, local and tribal governments to finance certain energy projects. QECBs are qualified tax credit bonds, through which the borrower pays back the principal on the bond, and the bondholder receives federal tax credits in lieu of traditional bond interest payments. QECBs allow a project to obtain very low interest financing while encouraging investment in clean energy projects.  Since May 2010, more than $26 million in clean energy bonds have been utilized by communities across the Commonwealth for clean energy projects.
“Residents and businesses in Ashland, Falmouth, and Salisbury are embracing Massachusetts’ first fuel and will benefit from the municipal energy savings available from their projects for years to come,” said Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Commissioner Meg Lusardi. “Energy efficiency improvements will be implemented in 25 municipal buildings in these three towns, which will deliver between 22 – 26 percent energy savings each year.” 
All three towns completed investment grade audits of their municipal buildings with an energy services company and will implement a variety of energy efficiency upgrades.
·         The Town of Falmouth is eligible for $1,561,454 in QECBs. It will implement energy efficiency improvements in five municipal buildings. Town officials anticipate a total annual energy reduction of 24 percent.
·         The Town of Salisbury is eligible for $1,099,490 in QECBs. It will implement energy efficiency improvements in seven municipal buildings. Town officials anticipate a total annual energy reduction of 26 percent.
·         The Town of Ashland is eligible for $ 3,228,634 in QECBs. It will implement energy efficiency improvements in 13 municipal buildings (including street lighting). Town officials anticipate a total annual energy reduction of more than 22 percent.
The financing is made possible by DOER’s Green Communities Division, which administers QECBs in partnership with EEA, the Executive Office of Administration and Finance, and MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development authority.
As the Commonwealth and the region face unique energy constraints, the Administration’s clean energy initiatives have made Massachusetts a leader in energy efficiency, renewable energy and emissions reductions. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recently named Massachusetts number one for energy efficiency for the fourth consecutive year. In 2007, Massachusetts had just over 3 megawatts each of solar and wind capacity installed. Today 350 cities and towns in the Commonwealth have solar installed and there are 687 megawatts of solar capacity, with a goal of 1,600 megawatts by 2020. The Commonwealth has installed 107 megawatts of land-based wind and is poised to be home to the nation’s first offshore wind farm.
In September 2014, Governor Patrick announced results from the 2014 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report, showing that clean energy sector now includes more than 88,000 employees and nearly 6,000 businesses. The clean energy sector in Massachusetts grew by 10.5 percent, the third year of double digit growth.
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PATRICK ADMINISTRATION OUTLINES WINTER ENERGY RESOURCES FOR RESIDENTS

PATRICK ADMINISTRATION OUTLINES WINTER ENERGY RESOURCES FOR RESIDENTS, ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL FUNDING TO EXPAND ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY OPPORTUNITIES

$5.1 million in new funding for residential renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements as winter season approaches

Consumer resources: www.mass.gov/EEA/WinterEnergyResources

SPRINGFIELD, MA – Wenesday, October 15, 2014 – Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett today announced a $5.1 million investment to expand energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities for the Commonwealth’s residents as the winter season approaches. The Patrick Administration also encouraged Massachusetts residents to take advantage of existing programs to reduce energy waste and help manage energy costs.

“The Commonwealth offers a wide range of robust programs to help residents and businesses control their energy costs through efficiency measures,” said Secretary Bartlett. “The Patrick Administration wants to make sure everyone is aware of what is available to them and, in light of recent price spikes, provide them with additional support.”

The newly expanded resources will be available later this year and are in addition to existing services provided through Mass Save® and ongoing programs through the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), aimed at reducing residential energy use and managing costs. The funding for these programs has been allocated by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) through Alternative Compliance Payments and Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative auction proceeds.

“Individuals and families have many choices for reducing their energy use and taking control of what they spend,” said DOER Acting Commissioner Meg Lusardi. “Between energy efficient improvements and renewable energy heating equipment upgrades, we are working to make the Commonwealth a better place to live, this winter and well into the future.”

“High-efficiency heat pumps and renewable heating and cooling technologies allow homeowners to take control of their energy futures, while saving money during the cold winter months,” said MassCEC CEO Alicia Barton.

Energy Savings Program Program Administrator Investment Eligible
Expanded rebate program for air source heat pumps Massachusetts Clean Energy Center $1.6 million All Massachusetts residents in 1-4 unit homes
Bonus rebates for efficient natural gas boilers and furnaces Mass Save $2.5 million Eligible Mass Save customers
Air source heat pumps for public housing Department of Housing and Community Development $300,000 Public Housing Authorities
Wood pellet stoves and air source heat pumps Low-Income Heating Assistance Program Administrators $700,000 LIHEAP recipients

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has awarded the $300,000 in DOER funding for local housing authorities to install air source heat pumps at electrically heated homes. The improved technology will increase energy efficiency and significantly reduce heating costs for public housing. The following communities have been awarded funding for the new heating systems:

  • The Town of Orange, eight family apartments, $108,000
  • The Town of Groton, 20 elderly apartments, $135,000
  • The Town of Athol, three family apartments, $40,500
  • The Town of Mansfield, two family apartments, $27,500

“I’m very glad that we will be able to help some of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable citizens with their electric bills this winter,” said DHCD Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein. “These air source heat pumps will make a big difference for our elderly and low income public housing residents.”

DOER created a web page with quick access to resources that consumers can access to make homes and businesses more energy efficient, including tips, financing options and fuel assistance, as well as information on new heating choices. Resources include energy efficiency programs and rebates, do-it-yourself options, help with utility/fuel bills and fuel assistance. The page can be found at:

www.mass.gov/EEA/WinterEnergyResources

As a result of natural gas constraints, winter electricity prices are expected to increase across all utilities through basic service rates this season. The Patrick Administration continues to advocate for a long term solution to constraints with continued investments in a diverse, clean energy fuel mix.

The basic service rate refers to the commodity portion of a customer’s bill. Unlike the distribution portion of the bill, the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) does not set the prices for basic services. The DPU reviews and approves the process for which the utilities procure the commodity through a competitive bid process.

The Commonwealth has been ranked number one in energy efficiency for three consecutive years, a result of the Patrick Administration’s nation-leading 2008 Green Communities Act, which required utilities to invest in all cost-effective energy efficiency. In 2007, Massachusetts had just over 3 megawatts each of solar and wind capacity installed. Today there are more than 600 megawatts of solar installed, with a goal of tripling that by 2020. We have installed 106 megawatts of land-based wind and are poised to be home to the nation’s first offshore wind farm.

Kyle Hogan of Falmouth High School wins 3rd place in the Arts Foundation Cape Wide Student Art Scholarship Competition

 

The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod unveiled the 29th annual Citizens Bank Pops by the Sea Commemorative Painting at the Osterville Historical Museum on Tuesday May 27, 2014IMG_20140527_182616

 

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On hand for the celebration was Kyle Hogan of Falmouth High School, 3rd place winner in the Arts Foundation Cape Wide Student Art Scholarship Competition and his mother Karen Hogan

Mark your calander for the 29th Annual Citizens Bank Pops by the Sea Concert on Sunday August 10, 2014 at Hyannis Village Green, for more information: http://www.artsfoundation.org/pops-by-the-sea

Connor Moulton of Falmouth High School Earns First Honors at The Secretary’s Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education

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BOSTON- On Tuesday, May 6th 2014, Connor Moulton of Falmouth High school traveled with family and friends to the State House in Boston where he received First Honors at The Secretary’s Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education for successfully building an electric car.  Secretary Sullivan presented Connor with the award and $400.00 for Falmouth High School in his name praising him for his hard work, initiative, motivation and the success of his project. Also there to recognize Connor was Representative Tim Madden who nominated him for the award and presented him with a citation from the House of Representatives, Connors parents Michelle and Stephen Moulton, his grandmother Carol Regan, and Connor’s mentors Charles (Chip) S. Worrilow and Ned Forrester.

The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) in collaboration with the Secretary’s Advisory Group on Energy and Environmental Education (SAGEE) and the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) conducts an annual awards program to recognize schools and teachers (K-12 ) across the Commonwealth for their outstanding efforts in furthering energy and environmental education initiatives at their schools.

 Congratulations Connor!

to see Connors work:  http://fossilfuelsanonymous.blogspot.com/

67th Annual Student Government Day at the State House in Boston

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BOSTON – State Representative Timothy R. Madden (Barnstable, Dukes & Nantucket) would like to congratulate the students in his district that represented their High Schools in this years, the 67th Annual Student Government Day at the State House in Boston earlie this month. Participants included James Driscoll and Sara Buscher of Falmouth High School, August Welles and Russell Shapiro of Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School and Grace Mulcahy and Olivia Slade of Nantucket High School.

Since 1947, Student Government Day has afforded students from across the Commonwealth an opportunity to take on the roles of Governor, state legislators, constitutional officers and court justices to see what it is like to “run” State Government.

All five students in attendance were assigned as members of the House of Representatives and participated in events in the House Chamber.  They engaged in mock debates, simulated Committee hearings and formal Senate and House  sessions while shadowing their assigned official.

“It was wonderful to see so many students from the district in the building and participating in this unique experience including spending the day with government officials and observing the process of government first hand,” said “Representative Madden. “I was pleased to have the oppertunity to see Thomas, Vincent and Nikolay again as well as meet Meghan and Kevin for the first time”.

Student Government Day participants are selected by a process similar to local elections. Elections to select student delegates and their alternates are traditionally held in high schools throughout the state on the first Tuesday in November.

The Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands at the State House to receive an award

The Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands received an award for their dedication to raising awareness about and preventing suicide. Senate President Therese Murray presented the MCSP Leadership in Suicide Prevention Award to the Samaritans and executive director Stephanie Kelly. The group was also presented with a citation from Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo and Representatives Timothy Madden and David Vieira. Members of the Samaritans who attended the event last Monday at the State House were, from left, board member Patti Haney, board president Monica Hough, Ms. Kelly with her husband, Jeff Schlueter, and volunteer Holly Wilson.

Falmouth Human Services Committee hosts Affordable Care Act Community Forum

Falmouth Human Services Committee hosts Affordable Care Act Community Forum

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Thursday
February 27, 2014
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Atria Woodbriar Place
389 Gifford St Falmouth
For information about the event contact Falmouth Human Services at 508-548-0533
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