Green Communities Programs and Technical AssistanceDocument Transcript
Green Communities Programs & Technical Assistance<br />Green Communities offers numerous programs and assistance for cities and towns. These include: <br />
Technical assistance on becoming a Green Community
Consultants to assist cities and towns in becoming Green Communities
Verify which criteria (see below) have been met
Develop an action plan to meet the outstanding criteria by:
Identifying the key staff responsible for each task as well as the necessary resources <br />
Establishing timelines and schedules to complete tasks
Providing draft and model documents for final criteria verification
Meet with municipal officials, boards and committees to present plans and answer questions
Produce copies of plans for municipality
A toolkit to guide communities through the Qualification Criteria
Energy Information Reporting System (EIS): an easy-to-use tool that benchmarks the energy performance of all municipally owned and operated buildings, as well as street lights and vehicles. The system is useful for all building types, and the electrical data is downloaded directly from the utilities;
A team of experts to assist with accessing and using federal energy economic stimulus funds
Collaboration with other agencies and programs serving communities, such as EPA and ICLEI.
Meetings with town energy committees and public officials to educate them on the programs, tools, and opportunities available.
Energy Audit Program
Benchmarking buildings with the EIS.
Energy audits of those building that are underperforming
Provide recommendations for energy efficiency measures with their costs & estimated energy savings
Performs feasibility studies for clean technology where appropriate
Energy Management Services – Energy Savings Performance Contracting
Energy management services are an effective tool for cities and towns looking to implement significant energy savings measures without upfront capital.
Projects are paid for by borrowing against future energy bill savings. Per statute, the state’s Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has oversight authority for city and town performance contracts, and can assist communities in all aspects of considering the use of this contracting mechanism.
Green Communities Grant Program
Available for communities that meet the five criteria. The funds support implementation of energy efficiency measures, renewable energy projects, or other innovative projects that further the communities’ efforts to reduce their fossil fuel energy consumption.
The five criteria to qualify for support from the Green Communities Program include: <br />Provide for the as-of-right siting of renewable or alternative energy generating facilities, renewable or alternative energy research and development (R&D) facilities, or renewable or alternative energy manufacturing facilities in designated locations. <br />Adopt an expedited application and permitting process under which these energy facilities may be sited within the municipality and which shall not exceed 1 year from the date of initial application to the date of final approval. <br /> Establish an energy use baseline inventory for municipal buildings, vehicles, street and traffic lighting, and put in place a comprehensive program designed to reduce this baseline by 20 percent within 5 years of initial participation in the program. <br /> Purchase only fuel-efficient vehicles for municipal use whenever such vehicles are commercially available and practicable. <br /> Require all new residential construction over 3,000 square feet and all new commercial and industrial real estate construction to minimize, to the extent feasible, the life-cycle cost of the facility by utilizing energy efficiency, water conservation and other renewable or alternative energy technologies. <br />Other Programs & Green Community Partners in our Community<br />EPA Community Energy Challenge - http://www.epa.gov/region1/eco/energy/energy-challenge.html <br />The Community Energy Challenge is an opportunity for municipalities across New England to identify simple and cost-effective measures that increase energy efficiency and renewable energy use while reducing air pollution and saving money.<br />ICLEI – http://www.icleiusa.org/action-center/learn-from-others/small-communities-toolkit/getting-started <br />ICLEI’s climate mitigation work uses a Five-Milestone process to assist local governments as they work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, develop local climate action plans and focus on sustainability. They have resources on Gretting Started, How ICLEI Can Help, Case Studies, Examples etc., for each milestone. The Five Milestones for Climate Mitigation are:<br />Milestone One: Conduct a baseline emissions inventory and forecastMilestone Two: Adopt an emissions reduction targetMilestone Three: Develop a local climate action planMilestone Four: Implement policies and measureMilestone Five: Monitor and verify results<br />Other Resources: Clean Air Cool Planet (CACP) Software - CACP 2009 is a one-stop emissions management tool that calculates and tracks emissions and reductions of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide) and criteria air pollutants (NOx, SOx, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, PM10, PM 2.5) associated with electricity, fuel use, and waste disposal. This tool can help you do the following:<br />Create emissions inventories for the community as a whole or for the government's internal operations.<br />Quantify the effect of existing and proposed emissions reduction measures.<br />Predict future emissions levels.<br />Set reduction targets and track progress towards meeting those goals.<br />Mass Renewable Energy Trust – The Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust offers a wide range of programs to support the development of renewables in the Commonwealth, including grant programs for photovoltaic, wind, biomass and hydro technologies. Municipalities can access these funding opportunities for renewable energy projects in their communities.<br />MA Clean Cities Coalition - A program that works to encourage the use of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) with the help of local businesses, organizations, and numerous state and federal agencies. <br />Utilities in MA<br />