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BOSTON – November 3, 2016– The Department of Energy Resources (DOER) today announced a partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to modernize the heating systems at two DCR facilities with highly efficient air source heat pumps (ASHPs). Funded through DOER’s Leading by Example Renewable Thermal Grant Program, Scusset Beach maintenance garage will receive an award of $41,250 and the Halibut Point Visitor’s Center will receive $45,683. DOER’s Leading by Example program works with state agencies to increase renewable energy installations while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.

“Promoting renewable thermal technologies, such as highly efficient air source heat pumps, is an important part of the Commonwealth’s clean energy future,” said Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton. “The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to working with our partner agencies across the Commonwealth to help maintain our national clean energy and energy efficiency leadership.”

“Renewable energy technologies allow state facilities to run more efficiently, reducing energy costs, usage, and emissions across Massachusetts,” said DOER Commissioner Judith Judson. “These projects exemplify the Commonwealth’s dedication to remaining at the forefront of clean energy innovation by supporting clean energy integration across state government.”

Located in a renovated World War II fire-control tower in the center of Halibut Point State Park, the Halibut Point Visitor’s Center features exhibits related to the natural and cultural history of the park.  Currently, the Center is undergoing a site-wide renovation that will include the installation of the ASHP system, as well as additional energy conservation measures such as building-wide thermal insulation, window upgrades, and LED lighting retrofits for exhibit spaces.  The ASHP installation alone will save DCR close to $5,000 per year in electricity costs.

“The installation of ASHP heating systems at the Halibut Point visitors center in Rockport and the Scusset Beach garage in Sandwich will not only reduce operating costs at two of the state’s highly visited parks, but will importantly decrease our Commonwealth’s carbon footprint,” said DCR Commissioner Leo Roy. “We thank the Department of Energy Resources for making the Leading by Example Renewable Thermal Grants available, and we appreciate their leadership in energy efficiency.”

The Scusset Beach Garage is used as a maintenance facility for DCR staff, houses DCR equipment, and supports visitor services for the Scusset Beach State Reservation.  Replacing the current electrical unit heaters with a highly-efficient ASHP will increase worker comfort for DCR and allow maintenance staff to operate within the facility year-round.  The ASHP installation, projected to save DCR more than $5,000 per year in electricity costs, will be accompanied by additional energy conservation measures for the building including air-sealing and insulation.

“Halibut Point is a great natural resource and it is important to invest in it.  This grant creates an opportunity for us to reduce the generation of greenhouse gasses while increasing the energy efficiency of the building,”said Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester).  “Installation of this thermal heat pump sets a good example of responsible stewardship of an important building and an innovative energy device which will provide service for years to come.”

“I commend the Department of Energy Resources for their strong commitment to renewable energy and in particular, to this grant awarded to the Halibut Point Visitor’s Center,” said State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester). “These funds will provide for the purchase of smart energy technologies that reduce energy costs and lessen energy demands in the future.”

The Leading by Example Clean Energy Grant Program for Renewable Thermal seeks to promote the utilization of onsite renewable thermal technologies at state facilities.  Renewable heating and cooling technologies provide opportunities for state facilities to reduce energy costs as well as target a reduction in heating oil and electricity for heating needs.  Increasing the adoption of renewable thermal technologies will assist in meeting the energy goals of the Leading by Example Program, reduce facility energy costs, and provide ancillary benefits, such as increased building comfort.

“I want to thank the Baker-Polito Administration for this grant that will allow DCR to purchase an Air Source Heat Pump for the Scusset Beach Garage,” said State Senator Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth). “Scusset Beach is a wonderful resource and attraction for our region and this investment will allow it to take the lead in reducing energy costs while maintaining the natural beauty for which it is known.”

“These air source heat pumps promise to save DCR an estimated $5,000 a year while reducing our commonwealth’s energy emissions. I am a big proponent of saving money and promoting clean energy, and I consider it to be a win whenever the state can check off both of those boxes with our public works projects,” said State Representative Randy Hunt (R-Sandwich). “I would like to thank DOER and DCR for deeming Scusset Beach and the 5thBarnstable District worthy recipients of their renewable thermal energy grant.”

The program is funded by an allocation of Alternative Compliance Payment (ACP) funds. ACP funds are paid by electric retail suppliers if they have insufficient Renewable or Alternative Energy Certificates to meet their compliance obligations under the Renewable and Alternative Portfolio Standard programs.

Since 2007, state agencies have made significant progress, including reducing GHG emissions by 25 percent, generating 15 percent of electricity demand from onsite renewable and combined heat and power sources, and reducing heating oil use by 72 percent. LBE results have contributed to Massachusetts being ranked for the past five years as the number one state for energy efficiency in the country by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

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