Senator Lesser Cheers Chicopee's Designation As A "Green Community"
“I am glad that Chicopee is helping Massachusetts lead the nation in finding clean energy solutions to our energy challenges,” Lesser said
Chicopee — Senator Eric P. Lesser cheered today’s announcement from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) that Chicopee has been designated a Green Community and will receive $367,160 in funding for renewable energy projects.
“Residents of Chicopee should be proud that their efforts to reduce energy consumption have been recognized. This new grant that will bring further development opportunities to the city,” Lesser said.
Chicopee is one of 30 additional cities and towns designated Green Communities and will receive grants. With this announcement, more than half of Massachusetts cities and towns have earned Green Community status and 64 percent of Massachusetts residents live in a Green Community.
“When Massachusetts’ cities and towns invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency programs everyone wins, from taxpayers savings to a statewide reduction in emissions. With today’s designation, DOER’s Green Communities program continues to prove an effective tool in building a clean, renewable energy future for the Commonwealth,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew A. Beaton.
“This designation as a Green Community is notable for the City of Chicopee as it works to further promote clean energy and reduce energy consumption. With the state grant monies, Chicopee will have the opportunity to continue to make investments in energy efficiency projects while lowering costs for ratepayers,” said Representative Joseph F. Wagner, House Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.
Under the Green Communities Act, cities and towns must meet five criteria to be designated a Green Community and receive funding, including reducing municipal energy consumption by 20 percent over five years. The newly designated Green Communities have committed to reducing their energy consumption amounting to savings of $6,241,862 of energy costs and 2,234,090 MMBtu in five years, energy use equivalent to heating and powering nearly 2,718 homes, and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 27,641 metric tons, equivalent to taking 5,819 cars off the roads.
“Using our energy more efficiently not only saves taxpayer dollars, but leaves our communities more sustainable for future generations. I am glad that Chicopee is helping Massachusetts lead the nation in finding clean energy solutions to our energy challenges,” Lesser said.