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Grants Available to Critical Care Facilities Requiring Back-Up Clean Energy Power Generation

HOLYOKE – September 22, 2016 –The Baker-Polito Administration today announced $14 million in grant opportunities for energy resiliency projects at critical care facilities across Massachusetts. The grants are the latest round of theCommunity Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative (CCERI), a $40 million initiative focused on community resiliency projects that use clean energy technology solutions to protect from interruptions in energy services due to severe climate events made worse by the effects of climate change. In coordination with officials from health and human services, law enforcement, and emergency management sectors, the third round of CCERI funding will be tailored to facilities and organizations that provide critical care services.

“Resiliency grants to facilities that provide critical care services will help make Massachusetts a safer place during severe weather events,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “These grants will aid efforts to build a more resilient grid and continue to advance our commitment to employing a comprehensive approach to combatting the effects of climate change”

“Ensuring continuity of care for our most vulnerable populations during times of severe weather not only lessens the burden on providers, but on our first responders when their services are needed most,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “The innovative online community resiliency tool and platform being developed by this grant program will give our municipal partners, who are on the front lines of responding to emergencies, the tools they need to understand their community vulnerabilities and be better prepared for all eventualities.”

The grants will fund resiliency feasibility studies at state facilities and fund resiliency project implementations at state and private medical facilities. Additionally, the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) will develop a community climate and resiliency online interactive tool to examine community energy resilience and climate vulnerabilities that will assist to identify priorities of future resiliency funding. The tool will be available to state agencies and municipalities to quantify each community’s risk levels and resiliency measures using comprehensive data sources. The tool will also incorporate a predictive analytics component to examine community resilience metrics, capabilities and priorities.

“The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to ensuring that state agencies take the lead in reducing the Commonwealth’s environmental impacts and improving resilience to the severe weather event impacts,” said Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “The goal of this program is to help critical facilities that support and strengthen our communities to keep the lights on and keep servicing and caring for our citizen’s regardless of the current weather conditions.”

“It is important for the citizens of the Commonwealth and health care providers to know the state is moving toward clean energy alternatives that will keep their facilities running and equipment operating during extreme weather,” saidSecretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders. “These grants will result in providers having one less worry when the forecast calls for heavy snowfall or the like and will be able to focus on quality care in situations beyond their control.”

The first pdf format of Project Implementation Application Summary
and second pdf format of Project Implementation application Summary - Round 2
rounds of CCERI funding, totaling $26 million, were used for implementation projects that utilized clean energy technologies to improve resiliency at critical facilities across the Commonwealth. Projects ranged from solar plus storage installations at four community centers in the City of Boston to a microgrid with integrated renewables in Northampton.

“Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative is a perfect example of how clean affordable and resilient energy can be achieved by holistic facilities review and innovative improvements,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson. “This new funding round represents true collaboration and collective achievements among multiple agencies with expertise in clean energy, climate, emergency management and resiliency.”

“The Baker-Polito administration has shown a great commitment to Massachusetts future by introducing sustainable energy to bolster our energy systems,” said Department of Veterans’ Services Secretary Francisco A. Ureña. “The improvements made through these grants will undoubtedly make the Soldiers’ Home a safer place for our veterans regardless of the weather challenges we may face.”

Today’s announcement was made at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, a state facility that provides care to Massachusetts’ veterans, which will be initializing a study on the viability of an on-site resiliency project.

“I appreciate the Baker-Polito Administration taking this significant step to further protect critical care patients across the state against the potential effects of severe weather conditions, and I am thrilled to know that the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home will be receiving funding through this grant program,” said State Senator Donald Humason (R-Westfield). “The veterans who live at the Soldier’s home hold a special place in the hearts of people across Western Massachusetts, and their safety and care is a top priority for me. This grant will help build on the great pride we take in the exceptional quality of care that our veterans receive at the Soldiers’ Home”

“As Holyoke continues to work towards being a Green Community this new program at the Soldiers Home will bolster our efforts, ensuring the home has the latest technology to save money and provide the best services to their staff and our veterans,” said State Representative Aaron Vega (D-Holyoke). “I am pleased to welcome Secretary Beaton to Holyoke once again as he and the Baker Administration help our efforts in Holyoke to be a leader in green energy, energy savings and the latest technology for energy resiliency to aid us in fulfilling our commitment to being a leader as a Green Communities of the Commonwealth.”

“I’d like to thank the Baker-Polito Administration for supporting our community through this initiative. The resiliency grant being awarded to the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home will ensure the facility is able to withstand severe weather, allowing residents to feel safe and protected,” said Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse. “This is also an important step in our efforts to face the effects of climate change.

Governor Baker recently signed an Executive Order pdf format of Executive Order Climate Change Strategy
 which lays out a comprehensive approach to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard residents, municipalities and businesses from the impacts of climate change, and build a more resilient Commonwealth.



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