Reading, North Reading, Lynnfield & Wilmington Local Energy Action Program

Project Background

The Towns of Reading, North Reading, Wilmington and Lynnfield applied jointly with their municipal utility, the Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD), to participate in MAPC’s Local Energy Action Program in January 2012. MAPC worked with the four towns and the utility to collectively develop an Energy Action Plan with recommendations to align the RMLD’s energy program offerings with local priorities.

Programs & Initiatives

To date, MAPC has worked with the RMLD on the implementation of several local energy action priorities, including:

  • Adoption of a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) with the target of achieving 15% renewable energy by 2015 and 25% renewable energy by 2025, the first municipal utility in the state to do so;
  • Creation of a consolidated residential efficiency program for customers with RMLD electric service and National Grid gas service
    • RMLD customers: click here to request a free home energy assessment;
  • Expanded program offerings for customers who heat their homes with oil;
  • Received a $50,000 grant from the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to create a demand-response program for customers with electric hot water heaters;
  • Competitively selecting a solar developer to evaluate opportunities for solar projects on town and school buildings in Reading.