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MAGIC Meeting | January 4, 2018

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Chelsea Waterfront Community Vision Plan 2016

Click here to view the Final Report   How do we make the Chelsea Waterfront better for all? The City of Chelsea has been working on improving the City for all, and planning for housing, jobs, services and a healthier environment. MAPC is assisting the City to develop a vision for its waterfront to balance […]

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Water Resources Technical Assistance Projects

All MAPC water resources documents from 1982 to date are listed below, with links to those that are available for download in PDF format. For those documents that are not available online, hard copies are available upon request. Contact Martin Pillsbury. 2004 Lake Cochituate Nonpoint Source Water Quality Plan (Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Sherborn, and Wayland) Executive […]

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Clean Energy Toolkit Topic: Wind Energy

To a certain extent, wind energy can be thought of as a derivative of solar energy – winds are created as the sun heats the atmosphere unevenly, creating convection currents. The Earth’s rotation and irregularities in its surface also contribute to wind flow. Wind turbines capture the mechanical energy of wind and convert it into […]

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Clean Energy Toolkit Topic: Waste Energy

Waste energy is generated from waste-to-energy plants, which burn solid waste at extremely high temperatures to produce electricity. The Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) relegates waste energy to Class II, in a separate category from Class II renewables. The RPS obligation for Class II Waste Energy is currently set at 3.5% of total electricity in Massachusetts. Plants […]

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Use a Performance Contract for Municipal Efficiency Projects

An energy savings performance contract (ESPC) is a special contracting tool that allows building owners to pay for energy efficiency upgrades out of the energy cost savings guaranteed by the contractor. In Massachusetts, ESPCs are defined as a subset of energy management services (EMS) agreements, which can also include performance-based energy generation projects. MGL Ch. […]

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Tracking Monthly Energy Usage with WegoWise

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 […]

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Solar Energy

Sunlight can be viewed as the ultimate renewable resource. It is the fundamental energy source for most forms of life (except some deep-ocean dwellers whose metabolisms are driven by chemosynthesis), and most forms of energy used in human society (except nuclear energy) are derived from solar energy in some form (photosynthesis drives biomass production; biomass […]

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Start a Community Choice Aggregation Program

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), also known as municipal electric aggregation, is a way for one or a group of cities and towns currently served by investor-owned utilities to use bulk purchasing power to negotiate electric supply on behalf of their residents and small businesses currently on basic service. Typically in Massachusetts, residents and businesses receive […]

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Retrofit Streetlights with LEDs

Street lighting constitutes a significant portion of municipal energy consumption and expenditures. By buying back streetlights from their utility provider, converting to energy-efficient fixtures, and procuring products and services in bulk, municipalities can achieve energy and financial savings. For many municipalities considering upgrades to their street lighting system, LEDs have become a viable option. In […]

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