Search Results: Planning for Energy Action

A local energy plan comprehensively assesses a community's energy use and past activities, establishes future goals, and identifies projects that will be most effective in meeting those goals. Integrating energy concerns into a municipality's master planning process is important, but specific energy plans are valuable tools to identify opportunities for improvement, evaluate their relative effectiveness, and outline how they will be achieved. Energy plans can address both short- and long-term... Read more
Before identifying energy goals, and consequent strategies to reach those goals, communities must first develop an energy use profile of the community as a whole, including the municipal, residential, commercial and industrial sectors. Unfortunately, residential, commercial and industrial data is currently not available at the municipal level from utilities, so that portion of the profile must be estimated based on census data, labor statistics and building energy survey analyses. This... Read more
As part of a long-term energy plan, after baselining energy use across their portfolio of accounts and facilities, municipalities should track the changes in their energy use over time. This strategy shows municipalities and municipal light plants how to develop monthly energy reports, building on available data in MassEnergyInsight (MEI) to institutionalize the practice of reviewing energy consumption and expenditures on a regular basis, and identify opportunities for efficiency upgrades. Read... Read more
An energy plan should be treated as a living document that can be continually supplemented and passed down to new community stakeholders on an ongoing basis. To that end, a community should annually review progress made towards implementing the actions and meeting the goals described in the plan and update it as needed. This strategy outlines how a community, its energy volunteers, and municipal staff can establish an annual process to review and update the energy plan, evaluate action taken,... Read more
Continual measurement of municipal energy consumption is an integral part of evaluating the effectiveness of energy action plans. To support municipalities in Massachusetts in monitoring energy usage, developing baselines, and benchmarking savings, DOER provides municipalities with the free online database MassEnergyInsight (MEI). Once utility accounts are entered into the database, their usage information is imported automatically, but some effort is needed to organize information and identify... Read more
Many organizations currently utilize energy management software as a means to track their energy consumption and identify potential opportunities for savings. WegoWise is one such tool. Housing authorities in Massachusetts have been provided access to WegoWise via the MA Green Retrofit Initiative, a program that was developed in partnership with Boston Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and funded by The Barr Foundation and the Department of Housing and Community Development. In... Read more