Patrick Administration Awards $18.4M to Communities for Energy Resiliency ProjectsCommonwealth of Massachusetts, December 29, 2014
Energy and Environmental Affairs Undersecretary for Energy Mark Sylvia and Department of Energy Resources Commissioner (DOER) Meg Lusardi today awarded $18.4 million in grants to municipalities to implement clean energy technologies and improve resiliency at critical facilities.
Undersecretary Sylvia and Commissioner Lusardi announced the grants in Beverly, where the Metropolitan Area Planning Council will use more than $500,000 to implement a solar PV plus storage system that will allow the facility to island and operate its critical energy loads during an extended grid outage. This is the second round of grants through the Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative, the first totaling $7.4 million, which is part of the Patrick Administration’s comprehensive climate change preparedness effort.
“These grants will assist municipalities across the Commonwealth in using innovative clean energy technologies to prevent disruption to critical facilities and services during times of emergency,” said Undersecretary Sylvia.
Through the Resiliency Initiative, $40 million in state funding has been made available to cities and towns that identify facilities in their communities where the loss of electrical service would result in the disruption of a critical public safety or life sustaining function, including emergency services, shelters, food and fuel supply and communications infrastructure. Municipalities can use the funding to implement clean energy technologies to keep their energy systems operable.
Under the program, administered by DOER, cities and towns applied for either technical assistance or direct project implementation. Projects eligible for funding include clean energy generation, energy storage, energy management systems, islanding technologies and microgrids.
“These grants, another example of our partnership with cities and towns, will support local communities during climate change-induced events, by making critical facilities able to continue service using clean energy technology solutions,” said Commissioner Lusardi.
Funding for these project implementation grants, the first round project implementation grants and technical assistance awards previously announced comes from Alternative Compliance Payments (ACP), which are paid by electrical retail suppliers if they have insufficient Renewable or Alternative Energy Certificates to meet their compliance obligations under the Renewable and Alternative Portfolio Standard programs. Communities receiving technical assistance can apply for project implementation grants in a second solicitation later this year.