Nantucket Energy Audits Available Now

Energy audits available now

Island residents are encouraged  to take advantage of a free, Mass Save energy assessment and receive free, unlimited LEDs, smart powerstrips,  75 percent off insulation  work, and a customized list of recommendations  to reduce their home’s energy this winter, and save all year long. New incentives for 2015 include: no-cost wifi thermostats, dehumidifiers  and heat pump water heaters.

For more information on the requirements or to signup  for a free home energy assessment,  visit: www. ackenergy.org or call (800) 632-8300. For more information,  contact Lauren Sinatra, energy coordinator, at lsinatra@  nantucket-ma.gov.

First Public Informational Meeting for the Cape Cod Canal Area Transportation Study

The First Public Informational Meeting for the Cape Cod Canal Area Transportation Study has been scheduled for Thursday, January 15th 2015, starting at 7:00 PM in Admirals Hall on the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Campus. Please note, the campus is located at 101 Academy Drive in Bourne, and directional signs will also be posted on site.
The purpose of the meeting will be to introduce the conceptual planning study, and to solicit input from the general public. The information presented at this meeting will be similar to what was presented at the first Working Group meeting on October 29th 2014. This will include the study background and purpose, and a presentation of the study’s framework elements.

Citizens Bank invites public to set #AnExtraPlate this holiday season to help feed 100,000 neighbors in need

EMBARGOED UNTIL: December 2, 2014 More information: Lauren DiGeronimo
781.471.1454
Lauren.DiGeronimo@citizensbank.com

Citizens Bank invites public to set #AnExtraPlate this holiday season to help feed
100,000 neighbors in need

Bank kicks off #GivingTuesday global giving event with social media program that empowers others

Providence, R.I. – To help some of the more than 49 million Americans who are food insecure, Citizens Bank is kicking off #GivingTuesday – December 2 through the Holiday Season– with #AnExtraPlate, a social media campaign that will provide 100,000 meals to Americans who struggle to put food on their tables.

Simply set a plate, snap a photo of it, and tweet it out with #AnExtraPlate to @CitizensBank throughout the holiday season. Or on Facebook, share a photo to your timeline with #AnExtraPlate, tag Citizens Bank, and set the post as public. For every plate shared with the bank online, Citizens Bank will donate a meal to a local food bank, up to 100,000 meals.

“The holidays are a time of gathering together with family and friends, often enjoying a meal, but sadly, many aren’t able to participate in this time honored tradition,” said Jerry Sargent, Citizens Bank Massachusetts president. “You may not be able to invite all those who are hungry to your holiday table, but you can help by setting an extra plate for them, and feeding them virtually by participating in #AnExtraPlate.”

Food insecurity is a problem in even this country’s wealthiest cities. For example, over 520,000 children and adults go without meals in eastern Massachusetts. There are nearly 83,000 food insecure citizens in central Massachusetts, and over 95,000 in western Massachusetts. Citizens Bank has made a commitment to help those who struggle to put food on their tables in the communities where it does business. Through Citizens Helping Citizens Fight Hunger, Citizens Bank has provided more than 2.2 million meals in 2014 alone.

Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

For more information about #AnExtraPlate, visit the bank’s YouTube channel.

About Citizens Financial Group, Inc.
Citizens Financial Group Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $131.3 billion in assets as of September 30, 2014. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, the company offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions. Consumer Banking helps its retail customers “bank better” with mobile and online banking, a 24/7 customer contact center and the convenience of approximately 3,200 ATMs and approximately 1,200 Citizens Bank and Charter One branches in 11 states in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Citizens also provides mortgage lending, auto lending, student lending and commercial banking services in selective markets nationwide. Citizens Commercial Banking offers corporate, institutional and not-for-profit clients a full range of wholesale banking products and services including lending and deposits, capital markets, treasury services, foreign exchange and interest hedging, leasing and asset finance, specialty finance and trade finance.
Citizens operates via subsidiaries Citizens Bank, N.A., and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. Additional information about Citizens and its full line of products and services can be found at www.citizensbank.com.

Morse Pond gets haul from small change

Morse Pond gets haul from small change 

Students at the Morse Pond School of Falmouth were among more than 62,500 students throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine to pool together their pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters to raise more than $197,900 to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through Olive Garden’s “Pasta for Pennies” drive.The Morse Pond students raised $7,800.85 to become one of the three top fundraising schools in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.


In these three states, students at 128 elementary, middle and high schools filled collection jars and boxes in their classrooms with spare change over a three-week period. The top fundraising class at each participating school received a pasta party from their local Olive Garden restaurant.


Thanks to the efforts of students nationwide, $10.1 million was raised through “Pasta for Pennies” during the 2013-14 school year. Spare change raised through “Pasta for Pennies” helps fund blood cancer research and provides needed services and support to leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma patients and their families.
 

Thank you to all the Morse Pond School students and staff, Congratulations!!

THE ROLE OF THE COMMUNITY COPING WITH DEPRESSION & SUICIDE

THE ROLE OF THE COMMUNITY

COPING WITH DEPRESSION & SUICIDE 

Tuesday December 9th, 2014

Nantucket Public High School

Auditorium, 10 Surfside Road, Nantucket

6-8 pm

In response to recent tragedies on Nantucket, representatives from Family & Children’s Service of Nantucket County, Inc., the Department of Mental Health, and the Cape and Islands Suicide Prevention Coalition will be on hand to talk about resources available in the community and also provide an open forum for the community to talk about how to promote wellness and suicide prevention.

Community stakeholders from the Town, Nantucket Police Department, Emergency Management Team, Nantucket Cottage Hospital, Access Nantucket, religious leaders, school providers, private therapists, as well as any and all community members are invited to join the discussion.

 

For more information contact Tess Pearson at tpearson@fcsnantucket.org.

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.