Massachusetts administers the SMART program in 200-megawatt "blocks," with incentives that step down as they're filled. In addition to doubling the program and setting aside capacity for low-income communities, the changes include a 20 pct carve-out in each block for projects between 25 kilowatts and 500 kilowatts.
Community solar projects and shared solar projects serving low-income customers will have to subscribe at least 90 percent of bill credits before receiving incentives to help guarantee a project's completion.
(Source: Mass. DOER, GTM, 15 April, 2020)
Contact: Mass DOER, www.mass.gov/doer; Mass DOER SMART program, www.mass.gov/solar-massachusetts-renewable-target-smart
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To meet increasing customer demand for solar energy, DOER proposes adding 800 MW to the SMART incentive program, bringing the total to 2.4 gigawatts. The Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) supports this expansion but, in comments to regulators, is calling for even more capacity to be added to the program. To that end, DOER has proposed the dollowing regulatory clarifications and fixes:
According to SEIA, the most troubling aspects of DOER's plans involve the treatment of community solar projects, including a proposed five-fold increase in penalties for larger scale solar projects on certain lands. DOER calls for the new penalties to apply to a broader swath of community solar projects and for changes to apply to projects already in development.
These proposals would have a negative impact on the community solar market. Increased penalties will halt solar development, with penalties ranging from a few hundred thousand dollars to many millions, according to SEIA.
(Source: Mass. DOER, Solar Energy Industries Assoc., 16 Sept., 2019)Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (617) 626-7300, email@example.com, www.mass.gov/doer; SEIA, Abigail Ross-Hopper, CEO, (202) 682-0556, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.seia.org
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To that end, MBTA plans to invest as much as $30 million in energy efficiency projects including the installation of LED lighting and upgrades to HVAC systems for an expected savings of $2.7 million in annual energy costs and the prevention of 10,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases.
Eversource and National Grid will provide incentives to the MBTA that, based on the transportation agency's targeted energy use reductions, would add up to a total benefit of approximately $9 million. The Mass.Department of Energy Resources (DOER) will also provide $3.5 million in funding from its Leading by Example program.
(Source: MBTA, Sentinel & Enterprise News, May, 2019) Contact: MBTA , Steve Poftak, GM, www.mbta.com; National Grid, www.nationalgridus.com;
Mass. DOER, (617) 626-7300, email@example.com, www.mass.gov/doer; Eversource, Vilak Subrahmanian, VP Energy Efficiency,
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The partnership aims to cut energy consumption across dozens of MBTA stations and facilities, reduce MBTA operating costs, improve lighting and substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
This initiative will reduce MBTA electricity use by 7 pct -- 30 million kWh annually -- and save MBTA $2.7 million in energy costs while eliminating 10,000 metric tpy of carbon emissions.
The MBTA will invest approximately $30 million in the projects which include new lighting and lighting controls, upgrading HVAC equipment and building automation controls.
The Nass. Department Energy Resources (DOER) will provide $3.5 million in funding while
Eversource and National Grid provide and estimate $9 million in cost cutting incentives. (Source: Framingham Source, 30 April, 2019) Contact:Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (617) 626-7300, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mass.gov/doer; Office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, (617) 725-4005, www.mass.gov/governor
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According to the state's Department of Energy Resources (DOER), the $2.8 billion, 3-year plan and its associated programs are projected to deliver more than $8.56 billion in benefits to consumers -- a return of more than $3 for every dollar spent.
For the first time, the Mass Save program will offer incentives for cost effective home heating fuel, heat pumps and related technologies and equipment. The program is also rolling back other offerings, discounts on energy efficient LED light bulbs. (Source: Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, DOER, Sentinel & Enterprise, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, (617) 305-3500, www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-public-utilities; Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (617) 626-7300, email@example.com, www.mass.gov/doer
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The DOER Green Communities Division provides technical assistance and financial support for municipal initiatives to improve energy efficiency and increase the use of renewable energy in public buildings, facilities and schools, according to a news release.
In 2014, Marion's Energy Management Committee promoted a solar bylaw that has seen the installation of more than 100 solar projects. The town has also executed a power purchase agreement with Future Generation Wind to net meter electric power to town buildings and facilities for an annual savings in excess of $90,000. In addition, the town added electric vehicles to its fleet and replaced all of the town's cobra-head streetlights with more efficient LED fixtures for additional energy savings.
With the new Green Community designation the town has been awarded a grant of $132,672 to cover the cost of additional energy-saving projects. (Source: DOER Green Communities, Standard-Times, South Coast Today, 8 Jan., 2019) Contact: Mass. DOER Green Communities, www.mass.gov/orgs/green-communities-divisionGreen Communities
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The plan calls for aggressive and technology-based energy conservation, building energy efficiency, an increased reliance on renewable energy, increase transportation electrification, energy storage and other related measures. The plan also recognizes climate and energy achievements to date, but suggests more work to meet mandated emissions reduction goals and prevent winter price spikes in the power sector.
Access Massachusetts Comprehensive Energy Plan
details HERE. (Source: Commonwealth of Massachusetts, MassLive, Dec., 2018)Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, www.mass.gov/doer
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The town recently received $210,531 in grant funding from the Mass. Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Program -- its fourth DOER grant award since 2013. Rockland was also awarded $75,521 in energy reduction incentives by National Grid.
The Mass. DOER Communities program incentivizes cities and towns to adopt energy efficiency policies. In 2017 the program committed $65 million in grant funding to 15 cities and towns last year.
Technical assistance for the program is being provided by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the LED lighting is being installed by Real Term Energy a firm with headquarters in Annapolis and Montreal, Canada. (Source: The Enterprise, Mass. DOER, 8 Aug., 2018)
Contact: Town of Rockland, Marcia Birmingham, Interim Town Administrator, www.rockland-ma.gov;
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, www.mass.gov/doer
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Under the Green Communities Act, cities and towns must meet five criteria to be designated a Green Community and receive funding. The grants provide financial support for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that further the designated communities' clean energy goals. This seventh annual round of DOER Green Communities competitive grants is awarded to existing Green Communities that have successfully invested their initial designation grants and previous competitive grant awards. Grants are capped at $250,000 per municipality. (Source: Mass. DOER, Lancaster Telegram, 28 July, 2018) Contact: Mass. DOER Green Communities, www.mass.gov/orgs/green-communities-divisionGreen Communities
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The study will assess the potential for P2G energy storage and hydrogen (H2) fuel for the Massachusetts region in collaboration with Holyoke Gas and Electric (HG&E), a local gas and electricity utility. It will also determine the technical and economic feasibility for P2G and H2 fuel derived from renewable energy sources. The project is slated to get underway in Q2 2018 and has a duration of 12 months.
In 2016, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) adopted a 200 MWh energy storage target for electric distribution companies to procure viable and cost-effective energy storage systems to be achieved by 1st January 1 2020. (Source: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, ITM Power, GasWorld, 5 April. 2018) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-energy-resources;
ITM Power, +44 (0) 114 244 5111, Geoff Budd, NA Office, (604) 620-8525, www.itm-power.com; Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, (617) 315-9315, www.masscec.com
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Under SMART, solar projects are assigned a value based subscriber class, location,storage compatibility and other variables. A portion of that value is determined by the contract of the project, whether it be the net metering, alternative on-bill crediting, qualifying facility, or behind-the-meter contract. Any remaining value is issued to the developer.
Three investor-owned utilities are currently working with the Department of Public Utilities to finalize tariffs for the SMART program which is expected to come into force this June. (Source: Ampion, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
, SolarPower, 31 Jan., 2018) Contact: MDOER, www.mass.gov/org; Ampion, Nate Owen, CEO, (800) 277-3631, https://ampion.io
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The designation qualifies the town for an initial $137,250 in grant funding and for future grants to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The funds support energy reduction projects that should save the town and taxpayers money.
Wellesley's first grant application will include an exterior LED lighting project and an audit of the Town's water and wastewater treatment equipment and operations.
Almost half of the municipalities in Massachusetts have earned a Green Communities designation.
(Source: Wellesley Sustainable Energy Committee, Swellsley, 30 Dec., 2017) Contact: City of Wellesley Sustainable Energy Committee, (781) 431-1019 x2229, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.wellesleyma.gov; Mass. DER Green Communities, www.mass.gov/orgs/green-communities-division
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Among the grant recipients, West Boylston Municipal Light (WBMLP) Plant will receive 50 pct of a proposed $486,000 Amber Kinetics flywheel energy storage system interconnected with WBMLP's 370-kilowatt solar project.
(Source: Mass. Department of Energy Resources, Worchester Telegram, 19 Dec., 2017) Contact: Mass. Department of Energy Resources, www.mass.gov/eea/grants-and-tech-assistance/guidance-technical-assistance/agencies-and-divisions/doer
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The Green Communities Designation and Grant program is intended to help Bay State towns and cities reduce municipal energy use, costs and greenhouse gas emissions. DOER Green Communities receive grant funding for energy efficiency initiatives and projects and are eligible for additional similar grants. The city of Medford received $235,935 in 2017 from Green Communities grants.
Medford is also part of the U.S. DOE Better Buildings Challenge and a member of the Global Covenant of Mayors, a UN effort to support the Paris Climate Agreement. (Source: City of Medford Website, Nov., 2017) Contact: City of Medford,
Alicia Hunt, Director Office of Energy and the Environment, (781) 393-2137, email@example.com, www.medford-ma.gov; Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-energy-resources
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All Green Communities commit to reducing municipal energy consumption by 20 pct over five years. These commitments amount to collective energy use savings equivalent to heating and powering nearly 20,000 homes, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing 45,000 vehicle off the road. The grants are funded through proceeds from Alternative Compliance Payments under the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard. (Source: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, Daily Times Chronicle, July, 2017) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, www.mass.gov/eea/grants-and-tech-assistance/guidance-technical-assistance/agencies-and-divisions/doer/; Massachusetts Green Communities, www.mass.gov/eea/energy-utilities-clean-tech/green-communities
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