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Green Communities Division: Partnering with MA Cities and Towns
Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create a Greener Energy FutureThe Green Communities Division –Partnering with MassachusettsCities and TownsMark Sylvia, DirectorGreen Communities DivisionSeth Pickering, Regional CoordinatorGreen Communities DivisionCOMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTSDeval L. Patrick, GovernorTimothy P. Murray, Lt. GovernorIan A. Bowles, SecretaryPhil Giudice, CommissionerMassachusetts Association ofPlanning Directors 2010ConferenceJohn Carver Inn, PlymouthJune 3, 2010
Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Greener Energy FutureMassachusetts Cleaner energy is an important part of our future- Key priorities of the Patrick Administration● Green Communities Act● Global Warming Solutions Act● Green Jobs Act- Landmark Green Communities Act in 2008provides a strong foundation- Important progress is underway focusing onenergy efficiency, investment in renewables andcreation of the green communities program2
Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Greener Energy Future3DOER MissionCreating a Greener Energy Future,economically and environmentally:– Achieving all cost-effective energy efficiencies,– Maximizing development of greener energyresources,– Creating and leading implementation of energystrategies to assure reliable supplies and improverelative cost, and– Supporting clean tech companies and spurringclean energy employment.
Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Greener Energy FutureServing as the hub to all Massachusettscities and towns on all matters related toenergy4Green Communities Division
Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Greener Energy Future5Green Communities Division DOER Programs/Support for Municipalities– MassEnergyInsight – formerly EIS– Green Communities Grant, Loan and TechnicalAssistance Program– Energy Audit Program (EAP) / 3 Year EE Plans– Energy Performance Contracting TechnicalAssistance– ARRA Stimulus support– Regional Coordinators
Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Greener Energy Future6MassEnergyInsight is available free of charge to all 351 cities andtowns. This tool provides access to comprehensive up-to-date energyusage and cost information. 125 cities and towns are currently usingthe tool. Among the uses are:(1)Benchmarking consumption and identify priority targets(2)Measure results(3)Develop and monitor emissions inventory and track and report emissionsreductions.Standard Features include:•Electronic download of utility data•Standard and custom reporting•Integration of utility billing/usage datawith building and energy end-use informationwww.massenergyinsight.net
Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Greener Energy FutureGREEN COMMUNITIES GRANT PROGRAM7Approximately $8,100,000 availablein grants for FY 2010 to qualifyingcommunities:Grants will fund significant energy efficiencyinitiatives, renewable energy, innovativeprojectsThirty five communities from throughout thestate were designated GreenCommunities by Governor Patrick in MayOne hundred and five communities arereceiving planning assistance to becomeGreen Communities
Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Greener Energy FutureDESIGNATED GREEN COMMUNITIES
Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Greener Energy Future Communities ranged in population from Becket(1,800) to Worcester (182,000) Ten communities enacted as of right zoning forrenewable generation– Nine (inc Kingston) provide for ground mounted pv of 250kw– Wenham and Kingston provide for wind of 600kw Thirty of the thirty five designees received planningassistance All thirty five communities met the five criteria (forcriterion 5 all thirty five adopted the stretch code) Due to number of designated communities and theamount of available funding, grants will be allocatedby formula – ranging from $135,000 to $988,000GREEN COMMUNITIES BREAKDOWN
Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Greener Energy FutureFY 2010 DESIGNATION AND GRANTAPPLICATION TIMELINE April 21, 2010Deadline to request a preliminary consultation (13 municipalities) May 14, 2010Deadline for designation applications to be submitted by communities intending onsubmitting grant applications by June 4, 2010 June 4, 2010Grant Applications due June 28, 2010Announce Grant Awards10
Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Greener Energy Future Qualification Criteria (5)– Adopt as-of-right siting, in designated locations,for RE/AE generation, or RE/AE R&D, or RE/AEmanufacturing– Adopt expedited (12 month)application/permitting process– Establish an energy use baseline inventory witha program to reduce baseline by 20% in 5 years– Purchase only fuel-efficient vehicles– Require all new residential construction > 3000ft2, and new commercial and industrial realestate construction to minimize life-cycle energycostsGREEN COMMUNITIES CRITERIA
Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Greener Energy FutureSTRETCH CODE COMMUNITIES12
Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Greener Energy Future13Technical assistance for all buildings owned and operated by cities,towns, regional school districts and waste water treatment plantsthrough:• Benchmarking of structures and detailed energy audits• Working with Investor Owned Utilities on transitioning thefunding and auditing components of the EAP – 135 localgovernmental entities in queue to receive servicesThree Year Energy Efficiency Plans• Investor owned electric and gas utilities are required to provideall available energy efficiency and demand reduction resourcesthat cost less than new energy supply• Utilities will provide more robust rebates, incentives andprograms to meet their goals.• Plans – IOUs to invest $2.2 billion in EE measures over 3 yrsENERGY AUDIT PROGRAM /ENERGY EFFICIENCY PLANS
Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Greener Energy Future14ENERGY AUDIT PROGRAM
Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Greener Energy Future Provide a guide, model RFR/RFQ and modelcontract documents Review bid documents Educate and guide communities through the process- Approximately 25 municipal performance contracts- Approximately 13 municipalities in processContact: Eileen McHugh, firstname.lastname@example.org,617-626-730515Energy Performance Contracting TechnicalAssistance – MGL c25A sections 11C and 11i
Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Greener Energy FutureFederal Funding OpportunitiesARRA Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG)Municipalities > 35,000 (direct grants from US DOE) $27,000,000 / 43 communities to receive grant fundsMunicipalities < 35,000 (competitive grants through DOER) $14,752,000 awarded to MA97 communities receiving $12,200,000 in grants and 35 communities willshare $825,000 in technical consulting State Revolving Fund– Install 4.1 megawatts (MW) of solar energy at 12 public water and wastewatertreatment facilities worth $20,000,000 Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds PON-ENE-2010-024– Bond allocation available for large local governments with a population of100,000 or greater. Five cities and five counties are eligible. Applications on arolling basis– Any municipality within an abolished county with a population of 100,000 greatermay apply for allocation no later than July 9, 2010.16
Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Greener Energy FutureOUTREACH - REGIONAL COORDINATORS17 Email updates via listserv (~1000 subscribers) Regional Coordinators act as direct liaisons with citiesand towns on energy efficiency and renewable energyactivities Located at each of the DEP Regional Offices:– SERO – LAKEVILLE: Seth Pickering email@example.com– NERO – WILMINGTON: Joanne Bissetta: firstname.lastname@example.org– CERO – WORCESTER: Kelly Brown email@example.com– WERO – SPRINGFIELD: Jim Barry firstname.lastname@example.org
Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Greener Energy FutureNew for 2010 Green Communities Grant Program Roll Out MassEnergyInsight Roll Out Development of Energy Procurement Guidance Revisions to 25A 11C, 11I regulations Newsletter and case studies Online library Statewide energy programs Fact Sheets (renewables, etc.) Partnerships18
Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Greener Energy FutureOther Resources Department of Energy Resources: www.mass.gov/doer– Energy Efficiency Division– Renewables Division– Energy Markets Division– Green Communities Division Three Year Efficiency Plans: www.masssave.com Clean Energy Center: www.masscec.com– Investments in Clean Technology– Workforce Development– Renewable Energy– Clean Energy Sector Development20