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Patrick Administration visits Bradley Palmer and Hailbut Point state parks to discuss accelerated energy room

Posted by boston.com  September 27, 2013 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by Colette Phillips Communications:

Building on the Patrick Administration’s nation-leading clean energy accomplishments, Commissioner of Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance Carole Cornelison, Commissioner of Department of Conservation and Recreation Jack Murray, and Commissioner of the Department of Energy Resources Mark Sylvia today toured Bradley Palmer State Park and Halibut Point State Park, two of 700 Accelerated Energy Program (AEP) program sites. 


Launched in January 2012, AEP aims to reduce energy consumption by 20-25 percent over 700 state sites, creating about 4,000 clean energy jobs and saving the Commonwealth an estimated $43 million annually. 


“The Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) is proud to partner with the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Department of Energy Resources to help lead the Patrick Administration’s commitment to improve the efficiency of our state facilities,” said Commissioner Carole Cornelison. “In meeting our obligation to improve our state buildings, we will continue to provide innovative energy modifications to our facilities that will significantly reduce the Commonwealth’s energy consumption and carbon footprint.”


“As the steward of more than 450,000 acres of land across the Commonwealth, our facilities have a variety of energy needs,” said DCR Commissioner Jack Murray. “These investments are a great example of collaboration between multiple state agencies toward improving energy use, which will enhance the recreational experience at DCR parks.” 


“State agencies are working together and leading by example to capture energy savings and leave a cleaner Commonwealth for generations to come.” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia. “Every project we do in state buildings supports Massachusetts’ national leadership in energy efficiency, climate goals, and clean energy jobs growth and contributes to a better environment for businesses and residents.”


Through AEP, Bradley Palmer State Park is receiving new energy efficient lighting, lighting controls, programmable thermostats, appliance replacements, water fixture upgrades in the bathrooms and kitchen and other upgrades, including weather-stripping, and insulation throughout the site. Once complete these upgrades will generate an estimated annual savings of over $9,000. 


Through AEP, Halibut Point State Park is receiving new energy efficient lighting, programmable thermostats throughout the visitor center and outreach posts, pipe insulation, weather-stripping and new insulation, which will improve heating costs.  Once complete these upgrades will generate an estimated annual savings of $2,200.


State government is the largest energy user in the Commonwealth, consuming over 1 billion kWh of electricity and emitting over 1 million metric tons of greenhouse gases per year. Annually, agencies and campuses spend over $250 million on energy. The AEP program will be funded through the state’s Clean Energy Investment Program, general obligation bonds, and Mass Save® incentives. The Clean Energy Investment Program uses savings from energy and water projects to repay the bonds used to finance the projects.  


AEP will significantly reduce the current annual consumption of more than 800 million kilowatt hours of electricity, 12 million gallons of heating oil, 55 million therms of natural gas, and emissions of more than 800,000 tons of greenhouse gases, which represent more than 4,000 buildings and 58 million square feet. The program will save an estimated 135,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases annually, the equivalent of removing 26,000 vehicles from the road per year. 


AEP supports the goals of Governor Patrick’s Leading by Example (LBE) Program. LBE was established in 2007 by Executive Order No. 484, which set aggressive energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals and renewable energy goals for state government operations:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2012 and 40 percent by 2020;
  • Reduce energy consumption 20 percent by 2012 and 35 percent by 2020; and
  • Obtain 15 percent of total electricity from renewable sources by 2012 and 30 percent by 2020.


The Patrick Administration’s aggressive clean energy initiatives have made Massachusetts a leader in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and emissions reductions. The Commonwealth’s utilities recently announced the largest ever procurement of renewable energy in New England – 565 megawatts of wind power – that will reduce Massachusetts’ reliance on dirty fossil fuels and provide cost-effective clean energy to the Commonwealth’s residents and businesses. This year, Governor Patrick set a new solar goal, after reaching the previous goal of 250 megawatts four years early. The Commonwealth now aims to install 1,600 megawatts of solar capacity by 2020. The clean energy revolution is yielding economic benefits as well, with 11.8 percent job growth in the last year and 24 percent growth in the last two years, nearly 80,000 people are employed in the clean tech industry in Massachusetts.


For additional information on new and ongoing DCAMM/AEP energy initiatives visit www.mass.gov/dcam/aep, DOER’s website www.mass.gov/doer and the Leading by Example Program website www.mass.gov/eea/grants-and-tech-assistance/guidance-technical-assistance/leading-by-example


Massachusetts Clean Energy highlights:

Green Communities
Since 2010, 110 Massachusetts cities and towns, home to  45 percent of the state’s residents, have met five clean energy benchmarks and have been designated Green Communities by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. 

These cities and towns have committed to energy reductions equivalent to the annual energy consumption of over 13,600 homes. 

Energy Efficiency  
In 2012, for the second year in a row, Massachusetts was ranked #1 in the nation for energy efficiency by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

Between 2010 and 2012, Massachusetts’ nation leading energy efficiency programs, delivered by the investor-owned utilities under the Mass Save® name, are estimated to have saved enough electricity and natural gas to power more than 345,000 homes and heat some 60,000 homes annually. Energy efficiency investments of $1.6 billion have created approximately $6 billion in total benefits in homes, businesses and institutions.

The 2013-2015 Statewide Electric and Gas Energy Efficiency Plan is designed to deliver total benefits of $8.92 billion with a budget of $2.2 billion. These energy efficiency investments are expected to save enough electricity and natural gas by 2015 to power nearly 488,000 households and heat more than 76,000 homes for a year.

State agencies have reduced their use of fuel oil to heat state buildings by over 10 million gallons from 2004, a greater than 40 percent decrease.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG)
The 29 state college and university campuses have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 18 percent since 2007.
 
Energy savings commitments made by the 110 Green Communities will eliminate the amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced by 31,000 cars each year.

The 2010-2012 statewide energy efficiency programs are estimated to have reduced GHG equivalent to the annual emissions of more than 300,000 cars. 
Clean Energy Industry

Massachusetts’ clean energy economy grew 11.8 percent from 2012-2013 –far outpacing the rest of the economy. 


According to an industry report by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, the sector employs 79,994 workers at 5,557 firms in Massachusetts. 
 
1.9 percent of total workers in the Commonwealth work in the clean energy industry.

Renewable Energy

Wind:
 
103 MW of total wind capacity have been installed in the state, 31 times more than in 2007, enough clean energy to power more than 30,000 homes annually.
 
Wind power at state facilities has increased from 600 kW in 2007 to over 11 MW, a 17-fold increase, generating 28.9 million kWh of clean energy annually, enough to power more than 3200 homes.
Solar:

311 MW of total solar power capacity has been installed in the state, 88 times more than in 2007, enough clean energy to power more than 46,000 homes annually.

Solar PV installations at state facilities increased from 100 kW in 2007 to over 6 MW in 2012, generating enough clean energy to power some 900 homes.

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