FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 12, 2016

Contact: Lee Frankl, Communications Director: lfrankl@hampshire-power.mystagingwebsite.com (413) 584-1300 x122

Goshen, Huntington, Lancaster, and Pelham each awarded $5000 for Clean Energy Initiatives

Today the Baker-Polito administration announced grant awards to Massachusetts municipalities seeking to develop and advance their clean energy initiatives. HCG (HCOG) secured $5000 in funding for four local communities: Goshen, Huntington, Lancaster, and Pelham. HCOG prepared the grant application for each of these communities and will manage the reporting requirements as well. Grant writing and administration is one of several municipal support programs offered by HCOG.

In Goshen, the funds will be used to administer energy efficiency projects. The Town of Huntington will use the grant award on measures to improve the efficiency of their wastewater treatment facility. Lancaster’s funds will go toward administration of the Mass Energy Insights program and quarterly reporting requirements. The Town of Pelham’s award will be applied to data management and reporting assistance.

Todd Ford, Executive Director of HCG, released a statement about the grant awards: “These grants will directly assist the towns in question to meet the reporting requirements of the Green Communities program. We support towns that may not have the personnel or infrastructure to manage programs like this internally. We are thrilled that we could help these communities to secure this grant funding, and we’ll be there to help administer these programs throughout the process. We want to see all of the municipalities in Western Massachusetts take full advantage of this excellent program.”

“As the growth of the clean energy sector continues to expand at an accelerated rate, investing in clean energy technology is a critical part of meeting our region’s diverse energy needs,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst). “These vital grants are an encouraging step forward to reach our renewable energy and technology goals in the Commonwealth and help us meet our commitment to clean energy under the Global Warming Solutions Act.”

HCG is a consortium of towns solving local problems by acting regionally. In 1998 the residents of Hampshire County voted to charter HCG as the successor to Hampshire County. We are a body politic and corporate; our charter ratified by the voters and by Massachusetts General Law 34B, §20(b). Our offices are still in the same place they have been since 1662, at the corner of King and Main in downtown Northampton.