Subject: FW: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Baker-Polito Administration Awards Municipal Energy Technical Assistance Grants to 75 Communities
Good Morning –
Congrats!! Medfield has received $6,000.00 in Municipal Energy Technical Assistance (META) to have MAPC help the town with becoming a designated Green Community. Please see the below press release for more information.
Paul Carey in my office will be sending an email today with the grant contract.
Kelly Brown, Regional Coordinator
Green Communities Division
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
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From: O’Shea, Kevin (ENE)
Sent: Monday, September 12, 2016 10:30 AM
To: O’Shea, Kevin (ENE)
Subject: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Baker-Polito Administration Awards Municipal Energy Technical Assistance Grants to 75 Communities
|Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Department of Energy Resources
|Governor Charles D. Baker
Lt. Governor Karyn E. Polito
Secretary Matthew A. Beaton
Commissioner Judith F. Judson
Press Release Contact: Kevin O’Shea — 617-626-7362 or Kevin.O’Shea@state.ma.us
Baker-Polito Administration Awards Municipal Energy Technical Assistance Grants to 75 Communities
Grants Allow Municipalities and Water and School Districts to Advance Clean Energy Goals
BOSTON – September 12, 2016 –The Baker-Polito Administration today awarded $518,645 in grants to 75 cities and towns across the Commonwealth to develop clean energy projects. The Department of Energy Resource’s (DOER) Municipal Energy Technical Assistance (META) grants, which are utilized by designatedGreen Communities or municipalities in the designation process to better inform their clean energy decision-making, are awarded to Massachusetts municipalities, regional school districts, and water/wastewater districts to aid in the management of projects or the performance of studies to support the development of energy projects.
“The goals of reducing energy costs, meeting our emissions reductions targets, and building a clean energy future are shared across the Commonwealth by our municipal and ratepayer partners,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “META grants lay important foundations for the municipal and regional bodies to develop and implement critical clean energy projects as Massachusetts continues to move towards our shared clean energy future.”
“The Commonwealth’s cities, towns, and regional planning authorities are on the front line of Massachusetts’ clean energy revolution and our administration is pleased to be assisting in their efforts,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “DOER’s Green Communities program continues to be a crucial partner for our municipal partners as they adopt clean energy and energy efficiency policies and practices.”
Open to all 351 cities and towns, as well as regional planning authorities, META grants fund the services of expert consultants and contractors to assist with a diverse array of local energy projects. Applicants in the grant round that opened in June were eligible to apply for grants of up to $12,500. A function of DOER’s Green Communities Division, the grants are funded through proceeds from Alternative Compliance Payments under the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard.
Projects and studies receiving funding will support the performance of solar photovoltaic site evaluation, heating system replacements, ASHRAE Level II audits, technical analysis of energy use at drinking water and wastewater facilities and technical assistance with Green Community reporting and application.