Alternative Energy Committee

Meetings


  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Dates to be announced
  • Town Hall
    41 Highland Avenue
    Cohasset, MA 02025

Agendas & Minutes


Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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Members


  • Mary Jo Larson
    Position: Chairperson
    Phone: 781-210-2110
    Email
  • Stephen Giradi
    Position: Vice Chairman
  • Josiah Stevenson
    Position: Secretary
  • Marie Caristi-MacDonald
    Position: Member
     

  • David Eisenhaure
    Position: Member
  • Patricia Gooding
    Position: Member
  • Andrew Muir
    Position: Member
  • Eric Seuss
    Position: Member
  • Steve Wenner
    Position: Member
Green Community

Alternative Energy Committee -  Established in 2005

The Alternative Energy Committee (AEC) advances the Town of Cohasset’s energy initiatives. AEC activities promote energy efficiencies and the use of clean, renewable and alternative energy technologies. Associated benefits include: decreasing energy use and associated costs, reducing waste and emissions, and contributing to a healthy, sustainable environment.

The Town of Cohasset qualified for the Massachusetts Green Communities designation and grants in 2015. The AEC created a five-year energy-efficiency plan and worked closely with Town management to facilitate Annual Town meeting approvals and other requirements of the Green Communities Program application, including:

           1. Adopting As-of-Right Siting
           2. Creating an Energy Use Baseline with a specific 5-Year 20% Energy Reduction Plan  
           3. Adopting an Expedited Permitting Process 
           4. Purchasing only Fuel-Efficient Fleet Vehicles 
           5. Adopting the Stretch Energy Code
 

AEC coordinates with Town managers, Board of Selectmen, School Committee and other boards and committees to build support for energy efficiency initiatives.  In addition to projects and activities listed below, AEC members serve on the Town Planning Board’s “Town Hall Renovation” and “Master Plan” committees.

                                                                                        ACTIVITIES
Energy Efficiency


 

  • With a Green Community Year-1 grant of $141,460, the Town is reducing energy use through exterior lighting upgrades at Cohasset Middle/High School, Osgood Elementary School, and Deer Hill Elementary School (2016).
  • Green Community Year-2 grant application requests totaling $257,660 are designed to reduce HVAC energy use in Cohasset’s school buildings and Police-Fire station  (2017);

Greener Energy Usage 

  • A solar photovoltaic energy system, the “Old Landfill PV Array,” is under construction at the closed municipal landfill.  Palmer Capital Corporation expects the solar array to be mechanically complete and functional by the summer of 2017. http://palmcap.com/portfolio/cohasset-ma/
  •  With a grant of $33,000 from the MA Electric Vehicle Incentive Program, Cohasset has leased three electric vehicles and installed a dual-head charging station. http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/air/grants/massevip.html Vehicles are assigned to Public Safety (Fire and Police Department), Elder Affairs, School and Municipal employees. Lease payments are covered by offsetting personal car expense reimbursements and maintenance costs for existing vehicles (2017). 
  • The Town has purchased 500+ streetlights from National Grid and is investigating options for LED conversion with support from MAPC-managed grants, which provide one-time incentives for installation, labor and materials (2017).  

 On-Going Efforts  

  • Tracking Annual Town energy consumption and adherence to the five-year energy plan created for Green Communities designation. With initial support from AEC, the Department of Public Works is now using DOER’s Mass Energy Insight (MEI) database to monitor the Town’s energy savings. 
  • Annual evaluation of available State grants and projects in line with AEC and Town energy goals.
  • To promote fire-fighting safety associated with rooftop solar arrays, in 2016 Cohasset Town Meeting approved a by-Law establishing safety standards for commercial and residential solar energy systems.  The new by-law is based upon the latest National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) code and National Electric Code (NEC).