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星期二, 10月 25, 2016

Baker-Polito Administration Launches Energy Savings Website

Baker-Polito Administration Launches Energy Savings Website
Clearinghouse for Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Incentives

BOSTON – October 25, 2016– The Baker-Polito Administration today announced the launch of Commonwealth Energy Tool for Savings (energyCENTS), a web platform for the Commonwealth’s ratepayers to search available energy saving opportunities. Developed and launched by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER), energyCENTS provides a single entry point for Massachusetts residents and businesses looking for the energy rebates, incentives, loans, and tax credits available from MassSave®, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and other organizations, like the federal government.

“Robust partnerships between ratepayers and federal, state, and private entities across the Commonwealth have created a host of incentives to reduce energy costs, usage, and emissions,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “energyCENTS will give residential and commercial customers alike the opportunity to adopt Massachusetts’ nation leading clean energy and energy efficiency programs.”

“Ratepayers across the Commonwealth save millions on their energy bills annually due to many of Massachusetts’ energy savings incentives,”said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “This online tool will make it even easier for all ratepayers to identify opportunities to further take advantage of these money-saving measures.”

Currently, there are over 250 incentives and rebates available to Massachusetts electric and natural gas ratepayers from the state and federal governments and utility program administrators. energyCENTS is a platform that allows ratepayers, from residential to commercial and industrial, to search for rebates and incentives across utilities, entities and applications while refining searches by keywords and zip codes. Results from energyCENTS searches will direct ratepayers to the rebate or incentive sponsor’s website for additional information and application.

“Massachusetts is a national leader on clean energy innovation and energy efficiency programs, saving ratepayers money and reducing emissions,” said Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton. “energyCENTS is a one-stop shop for the Commonwealth’s ratepayers to take full advantage of the myriad of savings opportunities offered by the state and federal governments, along with our utility partners.”

“With the launch of energyCENTS, the Commonwealth continues to lead the nation in adopting clean energy and energy efficiency programs by streamlining the search process for ratepayers,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson. “The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to ongoing collaboration with public and private partners to enable greater access to clean energy for all consumers.”

The dynamic web platform provides opportunities from electric vehicles, appliances, home energy assessments, solar electricity to the latest energy initiatives available in the Commonwealth. This user-friendly, transparent tool aims to link energy opportunities to funding sources and Commonwealth ratepayers.  

“While the desire to save money on our energy bills is widespread, at times people, companies, or institutions lack the tools they need to follow through,” stated State Representative Thomas A. Golden, Jr. (D-Lowell), Chairman of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy.  “DOER’s new website aims to solve that problem – whoever you are, whatever your situation –energyCENTS will provide answers and direct you to resources to help you secure the greatest amount of savings possible.”

“This website will help residential and commercial consumers navigate a myriad of energy products, services and an ever-expanding portfolio of available energy options,” said Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester).  “From rebates to retrofits and appliances to apps this Website will help energy users save money, save time, and lower energy usage.”

“This is a great opportunity for citizens of the Commonwealth to save energy, save money and help our environment in one convenient location,” said House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading).

“I’m excited to see the potential of energyCENTS,” said State SenatorBenjamin Downing (D-Pittsfield). “We are the leader in energy efficiency, but there is so much more we can do. This will help families, businesses and communities take our programs to the next level.”

The Baker-Polito Administration recently announced that the 2013-2015 Three-Year Energy Efficiency Plan achieved record savings for electric and natural gas sales in 2015, 3.01% of electric sales and 1.23% of natural gas sales. The current Three-Year Energy Efficiency Plan, approved by the Department of Public Utilities in January 2016, builds upon the success of the previous plan and again sets nation-leading goals for energy savings, setting savings goals of 2.94% of electric sales and 1.24% of gas sales.