Worcester Energy Initiative
Municipal Energy Savings
Over the last 10 years, Worcester led by example by significantly improving the energy efficiency and dramatically increasing renewable energy production of its municipal facilities.
The city formalized its commitment to sustainability by hiring an Energy Manager in 2009, commencing a multi-year multi-million dollar energy efficiency and renewable energy work under the Energy Savings Performance Contract since 2011 until now, and forming a new City Energy and Asset Management Division in 2013.
The EAM Division complements its work by managing a municipal Worcester Energy Initiative launched in 2016, which communicates to the public the important work the city has completed to date, and provides relevant information with a goal of encouraging residents, businesses and institutions throughout the city to save energy and reduce their carbon footprint.
A few notable accomplishments in the arena of energy efficiency and green energy include:
- Having made critical investments in and improvements to the City's aging buildings, including upgrades to heating and cooling systems, insulation, air-sealing, lighting fixtures, water conservation equipment, installation of sophisticated energy management control systems and more.
- Having installed solar panels at 10 Worcester Public Schools, including two solar parking canopies.
- Having replaced 3,500 light bulbs in the DCU Center with LEDs.
- Having replaced all of the City's 14,000 street lights with LEDs.
- Worcester is home to the largest municipal solar farm in New England, off Route 146 on the site of the former Greenwood Street landfill.
- The city is currently working on a multi-year project that will replace current lights with LEDs at approximately 90 municipally-owned buildings in the City, including all Worcester Public Schools!
Visit the Worcester Energy website www.worcesterenergy.org to learn more and join us in our efforts to lead to a more sustainable future!
Visit the Worcester Energy website to learn more about energy saving initiatives in the City of Worcester.
Worcester Energy Website
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