Here’s the announcement from Newton City Hall
Mayor Warren Announces Major Initiative as Newton Continues to be an Environmental Leader
Newton – Joined by Lt. Governor Timothy Murray and numerous business and community leaders, Mayor Warren announced today that Newton continues to be an environmental leader in the commonwealth. Mayor Warren announced that Newton is the first community in Massachusetts to procure 100% of its municipal electricity through green/renewable sources. Secured through a reverse-auction process last week, the City of Newton will not only use environmentally friendly resources to power every building and street light in the city, but will also save over $300,000 over the course of the next three years.
“Today’s announcement demonstrates that Newton is leading the Commonwealth with a comprehensive energy initiative that will move the green economy forward,” Mayor Warren said. “We are proud to be the first community in Massachusetts to procure 100% of the city’s electricity from green/renewable sources. This will reduce our carbon footprint, generate green jobs, and result in significant cost savings in the years ahead.”
“We have developed a nation-leading clean energy agenda because it is the right thing to do for our environment, our energy independence and our public health,” said Governor Patrick. “I applaud Newton for setting an example for communities across the state.”
“Governor Patrick and I congratulate the City of Newton for once again being a leader in clean energy,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. “As one of the Commonwealth’s first designated Green Communities, Newton ‘s decision to power 100 percent of its electricity needs with ‘green’ and renewable power is another pioneering move that supports our Administration’s clean energy goals and provides a model for other Massachusetts communities to emulate.”
Today’s announcement builds on Mayor Warren’s successful track record of making Newton a model for
environmentally friendly policies. Among the accomplishments of Mayor Warren’s administration are the
conversion of municipal buildings from oil to gas heat, locking in natural-gas prices saving the city close to $2 million over the next four years, streamlining the process to install solar panels on public building, and the installation of electric vehicle recharging stations. The City of Newton has also partnered with the state’s Green Community Program to receive a grant to reduce energy costs in one of our least efficient buildings, the Lower Falls Community Center. As a result, the building will yield energy reductions of upwards of 70% when work is completed later this spring, making the building a model for energy conservation.
In February, Mayor Warren announced in February to reduce the energy consumption by 20% by the year 2020. The program takes a three-pronged approach to reducing energy consumption in the residential, commercial and municipal sectors.