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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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Clean Energy Toolkit Topic: Review Energy Plan Annually

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 […]

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Clean Energy Toolkit Topic: Receive Green Communities Designation

The Green Communities Designation and Grant Program, is an initiative of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) that supports and rewards communities that meet certain clean energy goals established by DOER. In addition to receiving the title of “Green Community,” a city or town that receives this designation is qualified for special energy efficiency, renewable energy initiatives […]

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Report Monthly Energy Use

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 […]

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Procure Energy Services with Chapter 25A

The Green Communities Act (MGL Chapter 25A) put in place several mechanisms to encourage the implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, including streamlined procurement pathways for energy conservation measures and energy management services. Solicitations issued pursuant to 25A, as well as questions pertaining to these procurement processes, fall under the jurisdiction of the […]

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Plan for Municipal Retrofit Projects

Energy retrofit projects can have multiple benefits for municipalities in addition to resiliency preparation and climate change mitigation, including operational cost savings, reduced maintenance, and greater comfort. However, large retrofits in particular require significant oversight in order to identify the most effective projects to prioritize and the resources and timeframe needed to complete them. This […]

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Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard

Electricity suppliers in the New England grid generate primarily from fossil fuel and nuclear power resources. However, electricity produced from renewable sources is beginning to gain clout in the market. In Massachusetts, utilities are subject to a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) that requires them to supply a certain percentage of their electricity from renewable or […]

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