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Medfield Energy Committee

 

April 23, 2013

AGENDA

 

7:30 pm in Town Hall, Chenery Room

 

 

 

 

I.  Accept minutes of last meeting – March 26, 2013

 

II. Update on MEC/Medfield Green Energy Series 2013

            Last talk was on 4/7 –EMFs and Human Health

 

III. Other Events

            Participation in Medfield Green Day at Town Center/Library – 5/4

            Town Meeting –  4/29

 

IV. PV Feasibility at WWTP site

            Any follow-up done after 2/25-site visit and presentations

                                   

V.  Progress on updating Town Energy Use and Reductions since 2008. 

            See MEC letter in annual town reports, updated school numbers, GCA documents

 

VI. Other Business

            Potential Future Activities –

                        GCA designation for 2014

                        Provide support to Capital Planning & Building Committee activities –                                              DPW garage; Police/Fire Station; Hospital Hill site

                        RFP for Solar PPA’s on muni sites

                        Other

 

VII. Set Date and Agenda for next meeting

 

 

 

 

Energy
Committee
Meeting
Minutes
March
26,
2013,
7:30
P.M.
Town
Hall
Present:
Marie
Nolan,
Emre
Schveighoffer,
Cynthia
Greene,
Charles
Kellner,
Osler
Peterson,
and
Michael
Sullivan.
Also
present
was
Adam
Graber,
Jeff
Hyman
and
Ryan
McLaughlin.
Chairman
Nolan
called
the
meeting
to
order
at
7:30
P.M.
Greene
moved
to
accept
the
minutes
of
the
February
4,
2013
meeting,
as
amended.
Kellner
seconded
her
motion
and
the
minutes
were
approved,
unanimously.
Committee
members
discussed
the
March
13th
presentation
by
Dan
Ruben
entitled
“Keep
Your
Lifestyle,
Change
Your
Footprint”
sponsored
jointly
by
Medfield
Green
and
the
Medfield
Energy
Committee.
It
was
agreed
that
there
were
many
useful
ideas
in
the
presentation,
although
some
of
the
suggestions,
such
as
lowering
the
temperature
in
the
home
to
58
degrees,
would
be
difficult
to
do.
The
next
presentation
will
be
on
April
7,
2013
at
the
Harmony
Center
and
will
be
entitled
“EMFs
and
Human
Health”.
Nolan
also
advised
that
Medfield.TV
would
be
holding
it’s
annual
“Volunteer
Appreciation
Day
and
Annual
Meeting
at
7:00
p.m.
on
March
27th
at
the
High
School.
The
library
is
sponsoring
an
event
at
the
Gazebo
on
May
4,
9:00
a.m.

4
p.m.,
to
inform
residents
about
sustainable
activities
and
services
available
in
Medfield.
Graber
and
Hyman
will
try
to
attend
to
answer
questions
and
inform
residents
about
the
work
of
the
Medfield
Energy
Committee.
Nolan
has
submitted
the
Committee
report
for
inclusion
in
the
Town’s
annual
report.
She
noted
that
she
was
not
able
to
find
a
contact
at
Columbia
Gas
of
Massachusetts
to
find
out
what
the
natural
gas
consumption
was
in
Medfield.
Nolan
led
a
discussion
of
the
well-­‐attended
and
very
informative
program
presented
Saturday
morning,
March
23,
2013
by
Bob
McDonald
at
the
wastewater
treatments
plant.
McDonald
had
arranged
for
three
speakers
to
make
presentations
on
photovoltaic
solar
facilities
and
also
gave
a
tour
of
the
plant
at
the
conclusion
of
the
presentations.
Nolan
had
prepared
notes
on
the
presentation
and
distributed
them
to
MEC
members
earlier.
Presenters
included:
1)
Andy
Bakanowski-­‐Mass
Dept.
of
Resource
Management
(discussed
project
management,
i.e.
installation
and
care
of
units
once
on
line),
2)
Rich
McCarthy-­‐
Innovations
Solutions
Engineering
(discussed
third
party
funding
vs.
town
financing,
what
size
solar
farm
we
could
install
on
WWTP
property)
and
3)
Patricia
Arp-­‐Mass
DEP,
SRF
program
(discussed
state
revolving
funds
for
solar
projects,
RFP
grants
and
project
management).
Various
solar
ownership
and
financing
options
are
available
for
the
town,
including
1)
owning
the
facility
outright,
2)
leasing
land
and/or
3)
rooftop
space
to
developers
who
would
pay
for
the
installation
and
sell
the
energy
generated
to
the
Town,
which
in
turn
would
sell
it
to
the
utility
and
get
a
credit
on
its
energy
bill(s).
And
lastly,
the
Town
could
also
contract
with
a
private
facility
for
purchase
of
electricity,
which
is
generated
at
a
facility
on
privately
owned
land,
which
could
be
located
anywhere
in
the
utility’s
distribution
region.
One
presenter
shared
some
considerations
that
would
have
to
be
assessed
before
selling
solar
generated
power
in
MA.
It
is
considerably
more
complicated
to
sell
electricity
offsite,
instead
of
using
it
onsite.
State
utilities
do
not
appear
to
be
anxious
to
purchase
power
from
small
solar
photovoltaic
facilities
and
can
impose
large
connection
charges.
Before
starting,
a
study
has
to
be
done,
paid
for
by
the
facility
owner
and
the
cost
of
this
study
could
run
from
a
few
thousand
dollars
up
to
many
tens
of
thousands
of
dollars.
Also
the
utilities
could
specify
the
route
the
sold
power
would
take
to
be
fed
into
the
grid
and
the
utilities
sometimes
use
this
as
a
way
to
get
the
generator
to
pay
for
maintenance
upgrades
on
their
distribution
systems.
The
feasibility
of
small-­‐scale
hydro
was
discussed
at
the
WWTP
presentation
as
several
other
MA
communities
have
looked
into
this
as
well
as
the
MWRA.
MEC
will
continue
to
research
whether
this
is
possible
at
the
town’s
WWTP.
There
is
concern
that
the
drop
will
not
be
high
enough
to
produce
enough
power
to
make
such
a
project
economically
feasible.
Schveighoffer
wondered
whether
it
made
sense
to
concentrate
on
the
low-­‐hanging
fruit;
undertaking
small
energy
conservation
projects
that
reduced
our
energy
consumption
rather
than
trying
to
build
generating
capacity.
Nolan
said
that
that
was
what
the
town
has
been
doing
and
as
a
result,
the
town
had
reduced
its
consumption
by
30%
or
so
since
the
MEC
was
formed
in
2008
and
numbers
have
been
tracked.
She
thought
now
would
be
a
good
time
for
the
Town
to
build
some
type
of
energy
generator,
whether
that
is
solar
or
hydro
or
some
other
technology,
given
installation
prices
have
dropped
and
state
incentives
still
exist.
Schveighoffer
asked
if
the
Town
could
provide
information
on
pumping
rates
for
water
and
sewer
facilities,
monthly
energy
consumption
rates
for
buildings,
and
other
information
that
could
be
used
with
the
billing
information
collected
on
NSTAR.
This
information
could
then
be
used
to
evaluate
how
further
energy
reductions
could
best
be
accomplished.
Kellner
said
that
he
could
provide
such
information
on
school
buildings,
as
he
had
been
keeping
track
of
it
for
several
years.
He
will
get
that
information
to
Sullivan
for
circulation
to
the
rest
of
the
Committee.
Graber
and
McLaughlin
volunteered
to
prepare
charts
and/or
graphs,
based
on
the
information
collected,
showing
what
has
happened
to
the
Town’s
energy
usage.
This
information
by
building/use
was
collected
by
the
MEC
a
few
years
ago
but
should
be
updated
to
the
current
year.
An
energy
baseline
inventory
of
municipal
buildings,
vehicles,
street
and
traffic
lights,
with
a
DRAFT
energy
reduction
plan
(20%
over
5
years)
was
collected
and
prepared
previously
by
MEC,
as
it
is
a
criteria
to
be
a
MA
Green
Community.
Nolan
informed
the
Committee
that
Paul
Hurd,
the
Executive
Director
of
the
Housing
Authority
had
resigned
to
accept
a
full-­‐time
position
with
the
Winchester
Housing
Authority.
She
wondered
what
would
happen
with
the
efforts
of
the
Housing
Authority
to
reduce
its
energy
consumption.
Sullivan
will
contact
Housing
Authority
Chairman
Roberta
Lynch
to
get
an
update
on
the
Housing
Authority’s
plans
on
hiring
a
replacement
and
on
proceeding
with
its
energy
conservation
initiatives.
Graber
passed
around
a
paper
from
the
Rocky
Mountain
Research
Institute
on
energy
reduction
strategies
for
members
to
take
a
look
at.
Greene
mentioned
that
the
Institute
makes
its
research
papers
available
on-­‐line
free
of
charge.
The
Committee
discussed
what
the
goals
of
the
committee
should
be
going
forward
and
will
continue
that
discussion
at
the
next
meeting.
The
next
meeting
was
scheduled
for
April
23rd
at
7:30
p.m.
The
Committee
will
ask
the
Selectmen
to
appoint
Graber
and
McLaughlin
to
the
Committee.
Hyman
would
like
more
time
to
consider
whether
he
wished
to
be
appointed.
On
a
motion
by
Kellner,
seconded
by
Schveighoffer,
the
Committee
voted,
unanimously
to
adjourn
the
meeting
at
9:00
p.m.
Respectfully
submitted,
Michael
J.
Sullivan

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