For Immediate Release
August 26, 2010
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today launched the Renew Boston Residential Program, which provides eligible Boston residents with free energy efficiency improvements such as air sealing and insulation upgrades to help conserve energy, save money and lower utility bills. The program is funded with $1.8 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) and through existing energy efficiency programs administered by NSTAR and National Grid. The project will result in over $11.9 million in energy efficiency work, save Boston residents $3.4 million per year in energy costs, and is expected to create 58 local jobs.
“Renew Boston is a unique public-private partnership that will have a transformative effect on the lives of neighborhood residents, while significantly advancing our climate action agenda,” said Mayor Menino. “This latest effort encourages energy efficiency across all neighborhoods and will save residents money on energy bills, dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and put local people to work in good paying green jobs.”
Mayor Menino made the announcement on the porch of Dorchester resident Saithlyn Jones, who received free energy efficiency and weatherization services this past winter under the Renew Boston pilot program. With annual heating bills of well over $4,000, Jones was thrilled to find that basic air sealing and insulation installed in her walls would reduce her energy use by up to 30% a year. The free energy efficiency improvements are provided by Mass Energy Consumers Alliance and Next Step Living, a Boston-based energy services company.
In 2009, Mayor Menino announced the development of the Renew Boston program to serve all types of residents and businesses all across the city. The innovative network coordinates City government with energy efficiency and alternative energy service providers NSTAR and National Grid along with for-profit and non-profit partners to help Boston residents, businesses, and institutions save energy and money, and to create jobs. Renew Boston is a major component of the recently released report from Boston’s Climate Action Leadership Committee, which calls for reducing Boston’s greenhouse gas emissions by 25-percent by 2020 and provides a set of wide-ranging recommendations aimed at preparing for the risks of climate change in Boston.
“We're thrilled to be partnering with Mayor Menino and the City of Boston on the Renew Boston project,” said NSTAR Vice President of Customer Care Penni Conner. “By building on the funding currently available through NSTAR's efficiency programs, Renew Boston will help an even larger number of City residents and businesses reduce their energy use.”
“By consistently working with our utility, retail and community partners, the Renew Boston Residential program allows us to provide advanced energy efficiency and cost saving opportunities for thousands of customers who might otherwise be unable to make such significant efficiency improvements,” said Ed White, National Grid, Vice President, Energy Products. “This is a great program and a fantastic partnership. We applaud Mayor Menino and the City of Boston for their ongoing support and dedication to a cleaner, greener energy future and look forward to seeing the results of this collaborative effort.”
“My organization works to connect consumers with the best energy services we can,” said Larry Chretien, Executive Director of Mass Energy Consumers Alliance. “Thanks to the leadership of Mayor Menino, the Renew Boston program offers Boston’s energy consumers with a package of services that is outstanding. This is a program that consumers should participate in and we look forward to serving everyone.”
The no-cost weatherization services are available for more than 3,000 Boston residents within 60-120 percent median income and only to residents that live in buildings with four or fewer units. To determine eligibility and for more information on how to enroll in the residential program, Boston residents can call (617) 635-SAVE or visit www.RenewBoston.org.