Energy Recovery Dollars at Work in Massachusetts
Federal stimulus are being put to work to create jobs, spur innovation, and secure the development of clean, sustainable energy sources right here in Massachusetts.
- Three years ago, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 which created the largest single investment in clean energy and energy efficiency in the history of the United States - more than $80 billion.
- Since 2009, the Patrick-Murray Administration has prudently invested Massachusetts' federal stimulus funds with thousands of clean energy projects completed as a result. These projects include...
- The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s Wind Technology Testing Center in Charlestown - the world's largest wind blade test facility.
- More than 6,500 clean energy workers have received a paycheck as a result of the stimulus funds.
- More than 10,000 homes in the Commonwealth were weatherized through stimulus funded financing.
- Several nation-leading building energy efficiency projects across the Commonwealth were undertaken, including the United Teen Equality Center in Lowell and the Union Crossing Mills in Lawrence.
- Building efficiency projects, such as the one at the Center for EcoTechnology in Springfield, will save money and serve as demonstrations for building specialists, policy makers, and businesses that are seeking to do more with building energy performance.
- Stimulus funds were invested in both public and private solar panel installations, including those at Boston College High School, Norwell MIddle School, and the Chickatawbut Hill State Park in Milton - the largest in a Massachusetts state park.
- Innovative energy management systems were installed to reduce energy consumption, helping public buildings measure energy usage at 470 state-owned buildings - approximately 17 million square feet.
- Stimulus funds are being used toward a program which is helping residents in Western Massachusetts rebuild from the 2011 tornadoes using energy efficient technologies and renewable energy.
- Energy efficiency and lighting upgrades were financed at state-owned buildings, saving the state an estimated $4 million in electricity costs.
- More than $6 million in rebates were directed to Massachusetts residents to replace old appliances with new, energy efficient models - providing an immediate boost to the economy and saving individuals in energy costs over the long term.
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