Energy Committee

The purpose of the Energy Committee is to study and recommend energy conservation policies and projects to the Select Board. In addition, the committee will provide recommendations to the town on related energy issues and provide assistance/education to residents on how families and individuals can implement renewable energy and conservation efficiency measures in their homes and daily lives.

 

Shutesbury Committee on Energy

The town of Shutesbury is taking a proactive stance on energy. In an age of rising fuel prices, a declining supply of conventional fuels and the threat of global warming associated with heavy fossil fuel consumption, the town is exploring means by which it can adopt renewable energy sources and use energy more efficiently. Interested citizens can get additional information and updates by talking to any Shutesbury Energy Committee member.

Energy conservation, energy efficiency and the adoption of renewable sources are the pathway to a sustainable future. Already, citizens of Shutesbury have voted with their feet to support renewable energy. In 2006 Shutesbury placed second in the Commonwealth for the percentage of households (8%) that signed up for the "Green Up" Clean Energy Choice program. This program supported renewable sources in electric power generation and provided funds to help Shutesbury pursue renewable energy projects and energy education. These funds can be complemented by additional grants from the Renewable Energy Trust from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative for use in local solar and wind energy projects. Congratulations to the Shutesbury community for taking a proactive stance on energy!

Projects

In 2011 Shutesbury was awarded the designation of a Green Community and was awarded a grant of $142,275 for energy efficiency projects.  The grant funded;  a 15 kW pole-mounted solar PV system at the Fire Station; an energy audit of the Fire Station to determine appropriate energy conservation measures for the heating and hot water system and implementation of DOER-approved measures from the completed audit; and the following energy conservation measures: at the Town Hall, a HVAC upgrade; at the Elementary School, air sealing, fan controls and variable frequency drives; and an interior lighting upgrade at the Fire Station.

In 2008 the town completed installation of a small 2 kw solar array on the elementary school followed by the installation of a larger 10 kw system behind town hall in 2009?.

In 2011 Shutesbury was awarded the designation of a Green Community and was awarded a grant of $142,275 for energy efficiency projects.  The grant funded;  a 15 kW pole-mounted solar PV system at the Fire Station; an energy audit of the Fire Station to determine appropriate energy conservation measures for the heating and hot water system and implementation of DOER-approved measures from the completed audit; and the following energy conservation measures: at the Town Hall, a HVAC upgrade; at the Elementary School, air sealing, fan controls and variable frequency drives; and an interior lighting upgrade at the Fire Station.

In 2008 the town completed installation of a small 2 kw solar array on the elementary school followed by the installation of a larger 10 kw system behind town hall in 2009?.

Other energy issues are on the table for future discussion, including transportation, which accounts for the largest use of petroleum (66%) in the U.S. currently, additional solar installations, a free tire inflation station, and more energy efficiency measures. Please feel free to contact the committee with your ideas for other issues that should be addressed.

Energy is an issue that will be with us continuously into the future. Energy education is perhaps the most important aspect of the town's energy activities - one that can result in the largest impact over the long term. The positive impact that renewable energy and improved efficiency projects like those mentioned above can translate into energy awareness that spreads into many other areas. The energy committee wants your thoughts and questions. Please feel free to contact us at any time.

 

Members:

Mark Tuominen, Clark Sylvester (chair), Craig Marden, Ben Brau, Bruce Davidson, Larry Hunter, and Steve Rice (secretary).

 

Minutes 

2017 
(below, if available)

2016 and earlier