Green communities designation awarded to seven western Massachusetts communities

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Department of Energy Resources  (DOER) Commissioner Judith Judson presented Green Communities designation grants totaling $948,200 to Chester, Cummington, Hinsdale, Orange, Royalston, Shelburne, and Southampton.

Over 200 of the Commonwealth’s municipalities have earned their Green Communities designation and 72 percent of residents now live in a Green Community. Since the program began in 2010, DOER’s Green Communities division has awarded over $85-million in grant funding to cities and towns.

Under the Green Communities Act, DOER’s Green Communities Designation and Grant Program can provide up to $20 million annually to qualified cities and towns.  The goal of the Designation Grant Program is support communities’ investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that further the clean energy goals determined by the designated communities.

Funding for these grants is available through proceeds from Alternative Compliance Payments (ACP) paid by retail electric suppliers that do not meet their Renewable Portfolio Standard compliance obligations through the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates. 

Governor Baker recently filed legislation to authorize over $1.4 billion in capital allocations for investments in safeguarding residents, municipalities and businesses from the impacts of climate change, protecting environmental resources, and investing in communities. 

DOER awarded funding for projects in these newly designated Green Communities include:

Municipality      Award                      

Chester               $130,170

Cummington      $127,245

Hinsdale             $130,410

Orange               $159,840

Royalston           $129,365

Shelburne           $132,575

Southampton      $138,595

A full list of projects funded by the Green Communities program can be found here.

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