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Renewable Energy Committee

Swampscott has been awarded $225,000 as part of DOER's Green Communities program to help fund the conversion of the town streetlights to LED technology.
The Swampscott Renewable Energy Committee (REC) evaluates and makes recommendations to the Board of Selectmen regarding energy conservation, energy efficiency, and/or conversion to greener energy sources. The REC is made up of volunteer community members with a representative from the Department of Public Works. The REC is dedicated to providing information and guidance to the municipal government as well as residents, property owners, and businesses in Swampscott.

Please join us for the next meeting of the Swampscott Renewable Energy Committee.  All are welcome! Agendas and minutes are available.

Green Communities Logo.pngENERGY REDUCTION PLAN
The Town of Swampscott took its first steps to reduce its energy consumption when the Board of Selectmen signed the Energy Resolution on December 18, 2007. The resolution called for the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 12% by 2014 and by 20% by 2020, measured from a 2005 benchmark.

As part of the process to become designated as a Green Community, the REC worked with Town Hall, the School District, and consultants to develop a complete Energy Reduction Action Plan. The plan was completed May 6, 2010 and can be download (text-only or complete).

The Town of Swampscott will reduce the amount of energy consumed by 20% from a baseline set at July 2008 - June 2009 at all its municipal and school facilities by creating, implementing, and following the Energy Reduction Action Plan over the next five years (2010-2014). The objective of the plan is to guide the fiscally and environmentally responsible usage of energy while maintaining a level of service within the Town that residents have come to expect.

Key elements of the plan include:
  • Execution of an Energy Services Contract (ESCo) with Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI) utilizing the results of the Investment Grade Energy Audit completed in February 2010 of all municipal and school buildings in Swampscott;
  • Construction of an Energy Efficiency Improvement project at the Town’s wastewater pumping station, in collaboration with National Grid;
  • Continued efforts to evaluate, design, and implement renewable energy installations in Town;
  • Accurate measurements and analysis of energy use including an annual review of trends and costs;
  • Continuing operation of the Swampscott Renewable Energy Committee to keep residents involved;
  • Applying energy efficient and sustainable building practices to the extent feasible in all major facility construction/renovation projects.
The Renewable Energy Committee has been active in Swampscott since 2005. Below are some highlights over the years. Check out the following pages for more specific projects that we've worked on: Green Communities, Energy Efficiency, and Renewable Energy Sources.

January 2016
Swampscott Community Power (electricity aggregation program) begins; ConEdison Solutions selected as provider
December 2015
Swampscott selected by National Grid for 2016 energy saving initiative to help residents
July 2015
Swampscott awarded $225,000 in Green Communities funding for LED streetlight conversion
Summer 2014
Swampscott receives 150 free LED light bulbs from National Grid
June 2014
Swampscott is one of four towns sharing a MassCEC $30,000 grant to examine opportunities for behavior changes leading to energy conservation in our schools
Fall 2013
Swampscott and Salem participate in the Solarize Massachusetts program with the goal of reducing the cost and increasing adoption of small-scale solar installations. A total of 36 households signed up for solar installations as part of the program, increasing the total number of solar installations in town by 240%!
June 2013
Swampscott receives Green Communities Grant of $247,000 for energy projects at schools, library, fire station
March 2013
MassCEC and Mass DOER select Swampscott to participate in Community Energy Strategies Pilot Program
September 2012
April 25, 2012
REC celebrates the installation of 1,960 solar panels at the middle and high schools
March 14, 2012
Board of Selectmen and School Committee adopt updated Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Procurement Policy
December 2010
Swampscott designated as a Green Community
June 8, 2010
Swampscott receives a MassCEC grant to prepare a feasibility study for a wind turbine
May 12, 2010
Board of Selectmen and School Committee adopt Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Procurement Policy
May 3, 2010
Four energy-related articles passed at Town Meeting: stretch energy code was adopted; bonding for a $940,616 Energy Services Contract passed; and two zoning articles allowing “Renewable and Alternative Research and Development Facilities” in the town’s Industrial Zone passed. These four articles supported the town’s efforts to become a Green Community.
February 11, 2010
The REC holds a joint meeting with the Salem Renewable Energy Task Force
September 21, 2009
The REC voted to award the Clean Energy Choice program money ($9559.89) to the High School Physics Club to support their innovative examination of renewable energy technologies.
June 2006 to April 2010
Swampscott Board of Selectmen establish the Renewable Energy Committee

Tara Gallagher
John Graff
Rebecca LeBlanc
Peter Spellios
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Swampscott, MA 01907
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