The AEP is a three-year initiative to accelerate the implementation of energy and water efficiency projects at 700 state sites, which include more than 4,000 buildings and 58 million square feet. This program will significantly reduce energy use, cost, and greenhouse gas emissions while creating clean energy jobs.
The Commonwealth has targeted a 20-25 percent energy consumption reduction over all the sites in the AEP and will save an estimated 135,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year, the equivalent of removing more than 26,000 passenger vehicles from the road annually.
All sites will be initiated or complete by the end of 2014. Construction at larger sites that may require complex retrofits may continue through 2017.
No, AEP is a multi-tiered approach, implementing energy and water projects at large sites such as hospitals, colleges, and prisons; small sites such as police barracks and career centers; and seasonal use sites, like ice rinks and state parks. More than 60 percent of the projects are designated as "Simple Fix", which will focus primarily on efficiency measures such as lighting and water fixture upgrades and work with existing utility incentive programs. About 5 percent of the sites are much larger, making 70 percent of the AEP sites' square footage; these will indergo major equipment upgrades.
Through an investment of $470 million, the AEP is expected to save the Commonwealth approximately $43 million annually in energy costs. Currently, the 700 sites in the program have energy costs of approximately $185 million.
Efforts under the AEP support Governor Patrick's Leading By Example Program, which was established by Executive Order N. 484 (E0484). E.O. 484 calls for energy use and greenhouse gas emission reductions and an increase in renewable energy installaion across state facilities. The AEP aso supports the goals of the "Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020," which established a Commonwealth-wide greenhouse gas emission reduction target of 25 percent by 2020. It will also help Massachusetts maintain its top national ranking for energy efficiency from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.
The Accelerated Energy Program is funded through a variety of public and private channels; including the state's Clean Energy Investment Program, which uses project savings to pay for capital costs; the issuing of general obligation bonds (20 percent) and iniciatives from Mass Save. The Commonwealth is activiely seeking other funding that will help to offset the amount of state bond funds needed.
AEP partners include a variety of state and private entities, among them the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenence, the Department of Energy Resources, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Develoment, public higher education campuses, executive branch agencies, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, and electric and gas utilities.
As part of the Commonwealth's broader efforts to promote and support clean energy companies and jobs, AEP is expected to generate an estimated 3,800 to 4,200 clean energy jobs across the Commonwealth.