April 2024 MA Muni Minute

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Brian White
Municipal Program Director

2023 Massachusetts Municipal Update

Discover how our municipal clients saved over $25 million in 2023!

Brian White discusses key trends in the energy market, including reduced volatility in electric and natural gas forwards and record-high utility rates. Learn how our clients capitalized on these trends and find out what strategies they are employing in 2024 to continue their success. Plus, explore the range of services we offer to help your municipality save and succeed in the energy market. Read more here.

Carol Anne Watts
Vice President of Sales

How do you measure success when buying your next energy contract?

Success is a nuanced concept, especially when it comes to energy purchasing. Clearly established goals are essential to ensure that all stakeholders, from bosses to shareholders, are on the same page when measuring success. This proactive approach helps in combining initiatives, avoiding conflicts, and streamlining the execution of agreements. When planning your next electric or natural gas purchase, consider factors like sustainability goals, contract language, savings metrics, and product structure. Communicating these goals early and consistently with your energy advisor is crucial for a successful outcome. Learn more about how to measure success in energy purchasing by reading the full article here.

Thomas Carter
Regional Sales Director

Group Purchasing in Energy: Will it work for your business?

Buying in bulk often means lower prices, but when it comes to energy purchasing, things can get complicated. In a recent case study, my client, a portfolio owner of fitness centers, explored group purchasing options after seeing considerable savings in other consumables. However, when it came to energy, the best terms were unexpectedly higher than individual pricing. Why? Energy rates are complex, with one crucial component being your facility’s capacity tag, which determines whether you benefit or lose out in a group purchase. Understanding these nuances is key to making group purchasing work for your business. Read the full article here to learn more about how to navigate the complexities of group purchasing in energy.

Grant Opportunities for Massachusetts Municipalities

Green Communities 2024 Competitive Grant Program

  • Program Overview: The Green Communities 2024 Competitive Grant Program supports projects that help communities reach their clean energy goals and reduce energy costs. Projects may include energy efficiency upgrades, renewable energy installations, and other initiatives that contribute to sustainability.
  • Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted online by 5pm on May 10, 2024.
  • Learn More: View this pre-recorded webinar for more information

US DOE 2024 Renew America’s Schools Prize

  • Program Overview: The US Department of Energy (DOE) 2024 Renew America’s Schools Prize awards an anticipated $180 million to districts across the country engaging in strategic partnerships to build capacity and implement energy upgrades in their schools. Eligible submissions will lower utilities costs, improve indoor air quality, and foster healthier learning environments across a portfolio of 10 or more school facilities.
  • Application Deadline: Applications are due June 13, 2024.
  • Learn More: Visit the US DOE website for more information

MassCEC Electric School Bus Fleet Deployment RFP

  • Program Overview: The MassCEC Electric School Bus Fleet Deployment RFP aims to further school bus electrification in Massachusetts by providing necessary technical assistance and electrification planning as well as additional deployment funding to school districts and school bus fleets. The Program will amplify the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2023 Clean School Bus Rebate Program funds and enable successful projects that demonstrate paths to full-fleet electrification.
  • Application Deadline: The deadline for this RFP is 4:00pm on June 24, 2024.
  • Learn More: View additional information on the ACT School Bus Program website

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