Massachusetts Governor Announces $32.5 Million Biomass Energy And Winter-Heating Initiative

Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard Sullivan chose the warm confines of the Quabbin Reservoir Visitor’s Center that is heated by a state-of-the-art biomass system to announce a $32.5 million Patrick Administration renewable energy initiative on Friday. The seven programs being funded continue the governor’s strong commitment to clean energy systems that create jobs, […]

Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard Sullivan chose the warm confines of the Quabbin Reservoir Visitor’s Center that is heated by a state-of-the-art biomass system to announce a $32.5 million Patrick Administration renewable energy initiative on Friday.

The seven programs being funded continue the governor’s strong commitment to clean energy systems that create jobs, save money, and grow the economy, Sullivan told an audience of senior administration officials, members of the public and Senate Ways and Means Chairman Stephen M. Brewer, D-Barre.

“We have a clean energy revolution,” said Sullivan, a former Westfield mayor. He said when Gov. Deval Patrick was first elected, industrial wind turbines in the state produced three megawatts of electricity a year, with the same total for solar.

Wind power now yields 100 megawatts, and solar, 327 megawatts annually, Sullivan said. The ongoing green energy program “will reduce people’s bills, it will reduce pollution, and it will create jobs,” he said.

Among the programs touted by Sullivan and Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylia is the SAPHIRE initiative – that stands for Schools and Public Housing Integrating Renewables and Efficiency. Part of the SAPHIRE program encourages building Biomass heating units that use wood-chips as the energy sources.

From MassLive: http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/11/patrick_administration_announc.html

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