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Committees: Energy Action Committee

2014 Annual Report

Mission: To serve the residents and commercial enterprises of the Town of Hingham by helping to establish energy policies and measures that will promote the efficient use of energy and reduce adverse environmental impact, and by taking measures to increase awareness of energy issues.

Work Product: The Energy Action Committee, successor to the Energy Policy Committee, identifies, promotes, and helps implement energy savings opportunities for municipal and community-wide operations and residences, and raises energy awareness on issues of concern to Town residents.

Work Agenda: Monthly meetings and periodic reporting to the Board of Selectmen to solicit feedback on suggested policies and structure.

In 2014, the Committee:

-continued evaluating and implementing energy saving opportunities at Hingham Public Library, Town Offices, South Shore Country Club, Hingham Fire Department, and the Hingham Schools. Projects require continuous evaluation and improvement, spanning years, and entail detailed measurements of lighting output, HVAC management and temperature setback, boiler pump and heating system evaluation, insulation evaluation, and building HVAC efficiency using CO2 concentration measurements, and involved meeting with various constituencies to move energy conservation opportunities forward. Estimated savings from the implementations so far are over $30,000 per year.

-evaluated various government-sponsored energy programs, such as the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources' Municipal Lighting Plant Energy Efficiency Program, to determine effectiveness and applicability to Hingham.

-authored and/or sponsored multiple articles in the Hingham Journal, alerting Town residents to various energy initiatives in the Town and raising general awareness of energy issues.

-conducted a successful pilot program distributing LED bulbs at the East School by partnering with the Hingham Municipal Light Plant and the East School's Green Committee, where the Light Plant sponsored sales of LED bulbs with proceeds benefiting the East School.

-reached out to neighboring Town energy committees to learn from their experiences and to evaluate opportunities for coordination on energy saving initiatives.

-prepared for and met with the Selectmen on funding various energy savings opportunities, including expenditures for lighting and other improvements at the South Shore Country Club.

-hosted showings and moderated discussions of the prize winning energy options documentary film Switch at Linden Ponds and at the Loring Theater, which was made available thanks to the generosity of the David Scott family, while the Hingham Municipal Light Plant donated 150 LED light bulbs to attendees at the Loring presentation, to raise energy awareness and to lead public discussions on the implications of energy policy and choices on the environment.

-with Fire Department Chief Duff, performed efficiency walk-through of the central fire station and the two substations, and determined that lighting efficiency could be improved at the substations, and an upgrade of the heating system at the central station should be evaluated.

Goals for 2015:

• Continue to pursue energy savings possibilities in municipal buildings.
• Secure earmarked funds to allow for targeted sponsorship of energy savings projects with short payback periods.
• Expand LED distribution program based on pilot results.
• Evaluate solar opportunities in Hingham and pursue opportunities.
• Continue reach-out to neighboring towns for learning opportunities and potential coordination on energy saving initiatives
• Continue to educate the residents and businesses of Hingham about energy issues and savings opportunities.

Any individuals interested in serving on the committee or offering expertise on energy related matters are encouraged to contact us through

The Committee would also like to express its thanks to those Departments with whom the Committee has worked over the past year, and express its hopes that, as it continues with these energy saving initiatives, various Town Departments that stand to benefit cooperate and assist the Committee with its work, as nothing could be accomplished without Departmental support.

Energy Action Committee:
John Bewick
Ken Brown
Scott Cyr
Otto Harling
Paul Heanue, Hingham Municipal Light Plant
Ben Kerman
Brad E. Moyer, Chair
School Business Director ex-oficio
Town Administrator ex-oficio

Current Appointees
John Bewick
Ken Brown
Scott Cyr
Otto Harling
Paul Heanue, Hingham Light Plant
Brad Moyer, Co-Chair
John Ferris, Director of Business and Support Services, Hingham Public Schools, ex-officio
Ted Alexiades, Town Administrator, ex-officio