Energy and Sustainability Committee

MISSION STATEMENT

The Energy and Sustainability Committee will work to facilitate energy efficiency and renewable energy resources for the Town and its residents, with additional focus to include reducing our contribution to greenhouse gases and promoting environmentally beneficial objectives. Employing a variety of means, the committee’s scope could range from promoting residential rain barrels and various forms of composting to adding new renewable energy generation capacity on Town-owned lands.  In acknowledgement of the ongoing electricity supply transition to renewable sources, an area of concentration will be the decarbonization of our energy use through demonstration and implementation of electric alternatives to fossil fuel powered energy consuming equipment.

The Committee will have no more than 9 voting members and a simple majority of existing membership as a quorum.  Member reappointment will be annually at the beginning of each fiscal year.

Main Street Solar

The Main Street Solar Project has provided both clean energy to power the Town's municipal needs (excluding schools) and significant revenues offsetting energy costs. From the time that it went online in December, 2015 to the end of FY20, the solar installation has produced a total of $459,263.58 in National Grid net metering credits, $208,531.21 in net gain to the Town, and over 2.5 GWh of clean, renewable power. The chart below shows kWh energy production and a 12-month rolling average of energy, PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes), and lease revenues to the Town.

Main Street Solar Revenues & Production

Saving Energy and Money

In addition to seeking opportunities for clean energy production, WNEAC looks to increase the Town's energy efficiency and reduce its energy waste through:

  • Tracking current expenditures on energy to prioritize improvement opportunities.
  • Conducting energy audits to look for leaks, waste and inefficiency, and potential lighting improvements.
  • Improving control of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and lighting.
  • Reviewing plans for new facilities and equipment to identify opportunities for enhancing energy efficiency.
  • Providing outreach on energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities to Town residents.

Reducing Town energy consumption and expense will:

  • Reduce the effect of energy costs and supply fluctuations on the Town budget.
  • Reduce the Town's contribution to air pollution and climate change.
  • Encourage Town residents to realize similar benefits by taking similar actions.

West Newbury has been a designated Massachusetts Green Community since December 2013. More information on the Massachusetts Green Community Designation and Program is available at https://www.mass.gov/orgs/green-communities-division

Committee Members

NameTitleTerm
Arthur (Chip) Wallace

Chair

2021

Richard Parker

Member

2021

Elizabeth Callahan

Member

2021

Elisa Grammer

Clerk

2021

Thomas Craig

Member

2021

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