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Patrick administration touts energy savings at Danvers, Wrentham facilities

Posted by Your Town  October 2, 2013 10:41 AM

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The following is a press release from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Patrick Administration officials today toured energy improvements at the Commonwealth’s Hogan Regional Center and celebrated the impressive greenhouse gas emissions reductions and cost savings achieved through the Hogan/Wrentham Comprehensive Energy Project.

The Hogan Regional Center and the Wrentham Developmental Center, both Department of Developmental Services (DDS) sites that serve adults with intellectual disabilities, underwent energy upgrades in 2011 to make the facilities more efficient.

“DDS is pleased to be able to replace the antiquated heating systems we had with systems that are both energy efficient and environmentally friendly,” said DDS Commissioner Elin Howe. “This was a true collaboration between state and local agencies under the spirit of the Administration’s Leading by Example Executive Order.”

In the first year, the newly efficient facilities have achieved a combined savings of $3.2 million, or 57 percent of the previous year’s energy costs. The projects have resulted in annual greenhouse gas emission reductions of 58 percent, the equivalent of removing more than 2,946 vehicles from the road.

Hogan Regional Center’s results to date:
· Eliminated more than 800,000 gallons of dirty fuel oil consumption, replacing it with cleaner burning natural gas

· Reduced total energy use for heat and hot water by 82 percent

· Electricity consumption cut by 16 percent

· Water usage reduced by 50 percent

· Total operational cost savings of approximately $2 million, 77 percent reduction

· 77 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions resulting from energy consumption

Wrentham Developmental Center’s results to date:
· Reduced electricity use from the grid by more than 2 million kilowatt hours, a 32 percent reduction

· Replaced more than 800,000 gallons of oil use with cleaner natural gas

· Reduced energy bills by more than $1 million, a 39 percent decrease

Together, Hogan and Wrentham have decreased oil consumption by 1.6 million gallons, a 96 percent decrease, and lowered total energy consumption by 47 percent.

“The Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) is proud to partner with DDS Commissioner Howe and DOER Commissioner Sylvia Resources to highlight the energy efficiency improvements, renewable energy developments and improved facilities operations at this facility,” said Commissioner Carole Cornelison. “The Patrick Administration is committed to improving our state buildings, and we will continue to provide innovative energy modifications to our facilities to significantly reduce the Commonwealth’s energy consumption and carbon footprint.”

“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 complete in a state building supports Massachusetts’ national leadership in energy efficiency, climate goals, and clean energy jobs growth, contributing to a better environment for businesses and residents.”

The project included extensive improvements, from high efficiency boilers, new lighting, better insulation, and better building controls, to solar hot water and solar power generation. The $25 million project was funded through a variety of sources, including more than $20 million in state issued clean energy investment bonds that will be paid for through project savings, a $128,000 solar thermal grant, over $1 million in utility incentives, and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.

“Massachusetts continues to be a leader in energy efficiency efforts, and communities across the 6th district have embraced these cost-saving clean energy tools,” said Congressman John Tierney. “I was pleased the Hogan Regional Center and the Wrentham Developmental Center received federal recovery funds in order to take these steps to improve their facilities for disabled local residents and our whole community.”

“I want to congratulate the Hogan Regional Center for its impressive energy savings over the past year, including a 16 percent reduction in electricity use,” said Senator Joan Lovely. “Energy efficiency improvements such as this not only save money in the long term, but they’re also valuable for the environment.”

“The capital improvements that we are recognizing today will ensure that the Hogan facility will continue to serve the residents of the Commonwealth for several generations”, said Representative Theodore C. Speliotis of Danvers.

These projects support the Leading by Example (LBE) program targets set by Governor Patrick in 2007. LBE targets include:

· Reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2020

· Reduce energy consumption 35 percent by 2020

· Obtain 30 percent of total electricity from renewable sources 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.

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