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