Meglusardimasccc2014

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Meglusardimasccc2014

  1. 1. Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create a Cleaner Energy Future COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS Deval L. Patrick, Governor Richard K. Sullivan, Jr., Secretary Mark Sylvia, Commissioner Green Communities Division Updates Meg Lusardi, Director Green Communities Division 1 Community & Campus Sustainability Systems & Solutions April 17, 2014
  2. 2. Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Cleaner Energy Future Massachuse(s:  Cleaner  Energy    is  Part  of  Our  Future   Priori9es  of  the  Patrick  Administra9on:   l  Global  Warming  Solu/ons  Act   –  GHG  reduc/on  goals:  25%  by  2020;     80%  by  2050   l  Green  Jobs  Act   –  2013  Clean  Jobs  report:  11.8%  inc  in   clean  energy  jobs  from  2012  –  2013   l  Green  Communi/es  Act   –  Energy  Efficiency   –  Renewables  Investment   –  Crea9on  of  the  Green  Communi9es   Division  within  DOER   2 Gov. Patrick announces clean energy investments
  3. 3. Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Cleaner Energy Future Meet the Green Communities! 3
  4. 4. Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Cleaner Energy Future l  Grant allocations based on a $125K base plus a population/per capita income formula; maximum $1M. Ø  Range from $130,725 in Hatfield to $1M for Boston l  Close to $30M awarded in total for both designation and competitive grants programs l  Projects being funded include energy conservation measures, solar PV projects, incremental costs for hybrid vehicles. l  91 projects complete to date (68 designation, 23 competitive) Ø Total Project Costs - $ Ø Total GC grant funds used - $17.07M Ø Total Utility incentives - $ Ø Projected annual savings ($)- $ Ø Projected annual savings (MMBTU) –XXX, which equals XXX homes Ø Projected annual GHG savings – X,XXX metric tonnes (= X,XXX cars)   Green Communities Designation and Grant Program – the 123 4
  5. 5. Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Cleaner Energy Future5 Green Communities Division - Programs & Resources for Municipalities •  Green  Communi/es  Designa/on  and  Grant  Program   •  MassEnergyInsight  energy  tracking  and  analysis  tool   •  Municipal  Energy  Efficiency  Program     •  Energy  Management  Services  Technical  Assistance   •  Owner’s  Agent  Technical  Assistance   •  Partnerships  with  MassCEC  –     Solarize  Mass  and  Community  Energy  Strategic  Planning   •  MassachuseWs  Municipal  Energy  Group  (MMEG)     Ø  Website  filled  with  tools  &  resources     www.mass.gov/energy/greencommuni/es   Ø  Email  updates  via  listserv  –  Sign  up  by  sending  an  email  to:    join-­‐ene-­‐greencommuni/es@listserv.state.ma.us  
  6. 6. Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Cleaner Energy Future6 Green Communities Division: What’s Up and Coming? l  Energy Managers Grants l  Water/ Wastewater Grants l  Municipal Light Plant (MLP) Grants l  Upcoming Owner’s Agent Technical Assistance l  New solar zoning documents l  Regulations for Designation and Grant Program l  Designation and Grant Program Progress Report
  7. 7. Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Cleaner Energy Future7 Green Communities Division Energy Managers Grants l  $1.7M total available over a 2-year period –  Funding in Year 2 reduced –  Year 2 funding dependant upon outcomes in year 1 l  Seed funding for a long-term Energy Manager position l  Part-time and Full-time positions l  Education and outreach at community-wide level as well as schools part of position l  Goal to announce before the end of April
  8. 8. Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Cleaner Energy Future8 Green Communities Division Water/Wastewater Grants l  $1.5M available to public municipal or district water and wastewater facilities for shovel-ready clean energy projects l  Maximum grant available is $200K –  Awards for applications with funding requests of less than $100,000 will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications accepted beginning on April 16, 2014 and continuing until April 23, 2014. –  Applications with a gap funding request of $100,000-$200,000 will be evaluated upon a competitive basis. Evaluated based on cost effectiveness, total projected energy savings and cost-share provided. Due April 23, 2014 l  Partnership with MassDEP in collaboration with MassCEC and US EPA l  Contact: Aimee.Powelka@state.ma.us
  9. 9. Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Cleaner Energy Future9 Green Communities Division Municipal Light Plant (MLP) Grants l  $1.5M available for MLP energy efficiency programs; must include funds for a municipal efficiency project –  Requests can range from $100K - $250K per MLP –  Partnership with DOER Energy Efficiency Division l  Entities acting on behalf of one or more MLPs are eligible l  Must commit to providing municipal energy use data to MassEnergyInsight (MEI) l  Quarterly and final reports will be required that include efficiency program metrics, measurement and verification (M&V) methodology l  Deadline: April 30th l  Contact: Aimee.Powelka@state.ma.us
  10. 10. Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Cleaner Energy Future10 Green Communities Division Owner’s Agent Technical Assistance l  Funding for independent third parties who aid municipalities, in the negotiation, development and management of projects, or who perform studies to support the development of clean energy projects l  $12,500 Maximum award available; first come, first serve basis l  Post-EECBG/ARRA support, $540,840 distributed to date l  For upcoming round, adding assistance for community shared solar l  Will offer annually in the spring
  11. 11. Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Cleaner Energy Future11 Green Communities Division New Model Solar Zoning Documents l  Responds to identified need to help communities establish solar energy regulations l  Addresses small-, medium- and large-scale roof- and ground- mounted systems l  Reflects statutory limits on municipal ability to regulate solar energy systems –  Chapt 40A – Solar systems may not be prohibited or unreasonably regulated; “reasonable” not defined
  12. 12. Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Cleaner Energy Future
  13. 13. Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Cleaner Energy Future 20 % Reduction QUESTIONS RFI 13 Green Communities Division Regulations for Designation and Grant Program l  Milestones being reached, e.g. 20% reduction – what’s next ?? l  Will track framework of guidance documents and address questions that have arisen since the Program’s inception l  Will provide predictability for potential and current Program participants l  Will flow from responses received from Request for Information
  14. 14. Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Cleaner Energy Future14 Green Communities Division Designation and Grant Program Progress Report l  How is it going? l  Include data from Annual Reporting l  Sharing Experiences l  What can we do better?
  15. 15. Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Cleaner Energy Future15 Green Communities Division Other l  Webinars – see list on our website. Upcoming topics –  New solar zoning documents – May 28th, 1pm –  Tell us what you want to hear about! l  Community Energy Resiliency Grants –  Contact: Amy.McGuire@state.ma.us l  Recommended best practices for solar permitting –  Contact: Emma.Krause@state.ma.us l  Collaboration with other States: New York, Maryland, Rhode Island NY
  16. 16. Helping Massachusetts Municipalities Create A Cleaner Energy Future Contact  Informa9on   16 Meg Lusardi - Director meg.lusardi@state.ma.us www.mass.gov/energy/greencommunities www.mass.gov/doer   Email  updates  via  listserv  –  Sign  up  by  sending  an  email  to:     join-ene-greencommunities@listserv.state.ma.us   Grant  Opportuni/es  Page   http://www.mass.gov/eea/grants-and-tech-assistance/guidance- technical-assistance/agencies-and-divisions/doer/doer- procurements.html

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