The Medfield Energy Committee has worked for upwards of five years to have the town adopt the Green Communities Act, and this week the last required piece was completed when both the Board of Selectmen and the School Department adopted the Medfield Energy Committee’s extensively detailed Energy Reduction Plan that lays out how we will seek to achieve a 20% energy use reduction over the next five years.
The Energy Reduction Plan is remarkably thoughtful and detailed, and comes on top of the Medfield Energy Committee already having guided the town to achieve a 30+% reduction in energy use by the town since the Committee was created eight years ago. The Town of Medfield is indeed doing its part on our local level to avoid climate change, plus the town is saving money by using less energy.
I uploaded the major Energy Reduction Plan materials, the written plan and the spreadsheet that details each of the proposals. What is missing are the appendices, which contain detailed reports on each town building done by Rise and AECOM, and committee member Fred Davis’ analysis of the savings we can achieve by buying our streetlights from their current owner, EverSource, and installing LED heads, which I analysis have included in the past.
Below are the letters to DOER confirming the town’s adoption of the Energy Reduction Plan. This entitles the town to the $148,000 DOER adoption grant this year, and now allows the town to compete for the DOER annual competitive grants of up to $250,000 per year. Westwood just used such a $250,000 competitive grant to buy its streetlights and to install its LED heads.