City Policies and Programs

In keeping with our mission, Quincy CAN advocates city policies and programs that advance the role of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and the use of renewable energy in our city’s neighborhoods, businesses, and public buildings.

Climate Change Committee

Many QCAN members serve on the mayor’s Climate Change Committee, where they work toward the fulfillment of the following mission:

  • Advocate for city policies that maximize production and use of renewable energy in Quincy, starting with the placement of solar arrays on city property.
  • Help the city government realize dramatic reductions in its energy use, in fulfillment of Quincy’s obligations as a Green Community. The city has committed to a 20 percent reduction by 2016; by early 2013, a 1 percent reduction had been achieved.
  • Encourage the adoption of energy-saving best practices by employees in city departments and students in the public schools. Schools account for 60 percent of the city government’s energy usage, and student community service hours should be used towards systematic energy-use reduction efforts.
  • Help the city explore creative ways to fund its energy projects, so that dollar savings from existing projects go to fund future projects.
  • Push for the timely hiring of a city energy manager with both the technical and political skills to lead the city’s renewable energy and energy-use reduction efforts.

Advocacy

Green Community Status

  • Goals: Quincy is a Massachusetts Green Community. Among other things this means that the city has committed to reducing municipal energy use 20 percent by 2016. This will require steep reductions in energy use by public buildings, especially the schools, which account for 60 percent of all city usage.
  • Status: 1. According to the best estimates, the city has achieved at best a 1 percent reduction in energy reduction. Further, as of early April 2013 the city has still not entered all energy use data for the benchmark year, a first step towards documenting any energy-use reductions that might be achieved. 2. Peregrine Energy Group, a consulting firm hired by the city, has compiled a long list of recommendations for reaching the Green Community goals.

In 2008 the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs passed the Green Communities Act (CHAPTER 169 AN ACT RELATIVE TO GREEN COMMUNITIES) to guide all 351 cities and towns along a path of enhanced energy efficiency and renewable energy toward zero net energy.

Quincy has committed to meet the five Green Community criteria as described below in order to qualify for grants to finance additional energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at the local level.

As a Green Community, we were able to secure over $370K funding for LED streetlights.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 – Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Commissioner Mark Sylvia today presented $709,475 in grants to the city of Quincy and the towns of Bridgewater and Weston – three of the state’s newest Green Communities – to fund clean energy projects in buildings and other municipal facilities.  “These communities are leaders of the clean energy revolution we’ve started here in Massachusetts. We’re proud to support these energy efficiency projects because they cut energy use, create local jobs and protect our environment,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr., whose office includes DOER. In addition to grants for the projects listed below, these three municipalities will each receive a certificate from the Commonwealth and four road signs identifying them as an official Green Communities. The grants presented today will fund:  Quincy: $370,325 for energy efficient LED streetlights.

1. Provide as-of-right siting in designated locations for renewable/alternative energy generation, research & development, or manufacturing facilities. Quincy has modified its zoning ordinance to allow wind projects as-of-right.

2. Adopt an expedited application and permit process for as-of-right facilities. Quincy has modified its zoning ordinance to expedite the wind energy application and permit process.

3. Establish an energy use baseline and develop a plan to reduce energy use by twenty percent (20%) within five (5) years.

Quincy was designated as a Green Communities by the Mass DOER on 12/20/2011and has developed an energy reduction plan to meet this goal by 12/20, 2016. QCAN members on the mayor’s Climate Change Committee are currently working with the Quincy Energy Manager to ensure the city meets or exceeds the 20% energy use reduction.

4. Abide by the fuel efficiency guidelines below when replacing non-exempt vehicles:

Based on 2010 EPA data, vehicles are to have a combined city and highway MPG no less than the following:

      •  2 wheel drive car: 29 MPG·
      •  4 wheel drive car: 24 MPG·
      •  2 wheel drive minivan 20 MPG·
      •  4 wheel drive minivan 18 MPG·
      •  2 wheel drive pick-up truck: 17 MPG·
      •  4 wheel drive pick-up truck: 16 MPG·
      •  2 wheel drive sport utility vehicle: 21 MPG·
      •  4 wheel drive sport utility vehicle: 18 MPG·

Hybrid or electric vehicles in these vehicle classes will meet these criteria.

5. Set requirements to minimize life cycle energy costs for new construction; one way to meet these requirements is to adopt the new Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) Stretch Code. City Council unanimously voted to adopt the Stretch Code on 8/16/10, which went into effect on 7/1/2011.

  • Next steps: Hold the city accountable for entering the benchmark data and for investing funds sufficient to carry out the Peregrine recommendations.

Energy Manager

  • Goals: Hire a full-time, permanent energy manager to fix problems created by the previous contract with Honeywell, to track energy usage by the city, and to lead the city’s energy initiatives.
  • Status: The mayor has agreed to fill the energy management function, either by contracting it out to an energy management firm or by hiring a city worker with an engineering background and experience working in a similar position
  • Next steps: QCAN, through its members on the Climate Change Committee, should have substantial input into the posting of the position and the hiring of an energy manager or the contracting out of the energy management function.

Energy Fund

Solarize Quincy

  • Goals: Win a grant from the Solarize Mass program, which would allow Quincy residents and businesses to install solar power at a below-market rates. Learn more about Solarize Mass.
  • Status: QCAN has asked the city to apply for a grant.
  • Next steps: An application by the city, completed and delivered by the program’s next deadline.

Solar installations

  • Goals: Maximize production of solar energy on Quincy city property.
  • Status: Several contractors have submitted proposals for installing solar panels on public grounds and buildings. QCAN members on the CCC have been screening those proposals.
  • Next steps: Once all proposals are in, a city committee, including two QCAN members, will schedule interviews with the contractors and score their proposals. Selection of a winning bid will be based solely on the committee’s scoring.

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