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National Grid Recognizes Seven Massachusetts Communities for Outstanding Energy Efficiency Efforts

April 17, 2017

As part of National Gridís Community Initiative program that provides incentive grants to Massachusetts communities that meet the programís goals and achieve exceptional energy savings, the company recently recognized seven municipalities for their outstanding efforts in energy efficiency.

The communities of Melrose, Somerville, Quincy, Swampscott, Winchester, Lowell and Newton were presented with the companyís Shining Community Award on March 27 at National Gridís U.S. Corporate Headquarters in Waltham for substantially increasing energy efficiency in their communities.

"We are proud of these cities and towns for their commitment to saving energy and being true energy efficiency leaders," said John Isberg, Vice President of Customer Solutions at National Grid. "They know that starting with small changes can evolve into large results that play an integral part in securing a sustainable future for our families and the communities where we live and work." National Gridís Community Initiative rewards communities for increasing the number of home energy assessments that local residents complete, as well as the number of energy efficiency measures installed, such as insulation, air sealing, heating system upgrades, and wireless thermostat installations. Each municipality was provided goals based on past participation, and supported with start-up funding, training, education and outreach materials. Municipal staffs participate in regular conference calls with their peers where they can share outreach techniques and lessons learned.

At the recent ceremony, National Grid awarded more than $224,000 in recognition of energy efficiency achievements. The 2016 communities were honored for the following:

Lowell

  • Exceeded air sealing, insulation, heating system and wireless thermostat goals. Achieved energy savings of 7,842 MMBTUs, which is the equivalent of 171 homesí average energy use for a year.

Melrose

  • Exceeded all energy efficiency goals: assessments, air sealing, insulation, heating system, and wireless thermostats. Achieved energy savings of 10,825 MMBTUs, which is the equivalent of 235 homesí average energy use for a year.

Newton

  • Exceeded heating system and wireless thermostat goals. Achieved energy savings of 9,683 MMBTUs, which is the equivalent of 211 homesí average energy use for a year.

Quincy

  • Exceeded all energy efficiency goals: assessments, air sealing, and insulation, heating system and wireless thermostats. Achieved energy savings of 15,359 MMBTUs, which is the equivalent of 334 homesí average energy use for a year.

Somerville

  • Exceeded air sealing, insulation, heating system, and wireless thermostat installation goals. Achieved energy savings of 15,359 MMBTUs, which is the equivalent of 334 homesí average energy use for a year.

Swampscott

  • Exceeded air sealing, heating system, and wireless thermostat goals. Achieved energy savings of 4,160 MMBTUs, which is the equivalent of 91 homesí average energy use for a year.

Winchester

  • Exceeded home energy assessment, heating system, and wireless thermostat installation goals.
  • Achieved energy savings of 9,502 MMBTUs, which is the equivalent of 207 homesí average energy use for a year.

In addition to the funding and the award, National Grid presented each community with a choice of energy saving installations -- a public water station, street sign with LED lights, or rain barrel with a local artistís mural -- to commemorate the achievements.

National Grid also announced that the following 10 communities will participate in the 2017 Community Initiative and will be provided start-up funding to implement energy efficiency programs in their communities.

  • Auburn
  • Chelsea
  • Gloucester
  • Haverhill
  • Lexington
  • Lincoln
  • Mendon
  • Rockland
  • Somerville
  • Winthrop

Since 2013, National Grid has awarded more than $350,000 to 13 Massachusetts cities and towns for their energy efficiency efforts as part of the Community Initiative.

2016 Recipients From L-R: Susan McPhee, Winchester; Shelly Dein, Quincy; Martha Grover, Melrose; Christine Andrews, Somerville; Pete Kane, Swampscott

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Through its U.S. Connect21 strategy, National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Connect21 is vital to our communities' long-term economic and environmental health and aligns with regulatory initiatives in New York (REV: Reforming the Energy Vision) and Massachusetts (Grid Modernization).

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