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Committees: Energy Action Committee

2013 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 2013, the Committee:

  • investigated energy saving opportunities and worked with the Hingham Public Library, Town Offices, and South Shore Country Club to implement multiple energy saving projects. Investigations spanned months and entailed detailed measurements of lighting output, HVAC management and temperature setback, 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 approximately $27,000 per year.
  • participated in multiple energy conferences and discussions on energy policy hosted by various organizations, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Department of Energy Resources, the Boston Bar Association, and Universal Electric, Inc. Also visited other Massachusetts schools and municipal buildings to learn more about energy efficiency measures in peer institutions.
  • authored multiple articles in the Hingham Journal, alerting Town residents to various energy initiatives in the Town and raising general awareness of energy issues.
  • launched a pilot program to distribute LED bulbs 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.
  • evaluated potential for Hingham's involvement in ECHO's "Sustainable Schools Program" to improve energy efficiency through program management at the Hingham schools, and also the possibility of Hingham becoming a "Massachusetts Green Community."
  • continued to sponsor showings of the prize winning energy options documentary film Switch to raise energy awareness and to lead public discussions on the implications of energy policy and choices on the environment.

Goals for 2014 include:

• Continue to pursue energy savings possibilities in municipal buildings through implementing the ECHO energy audit recommendations.
• Expand the reach and depth of the energy audits, and bring in experts as needed to further conservation measures.
• Secure earmarked funds to allow for targeted sponsorship of energy savings projects.
• Expand LED distribution program based on pilot results
• To continue to educate the residents and businesses of Hingham about energy issues and savings opportunities.
• To set an emissions reduction target based on realistic and feasible actions, using MassEnergyInsight and other tools at the Committee's disposal, including education and outreach initiatives (see above).

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

Energy Action Committee:
John Bewick
Ken Brown
Scott Cyr
Otto Harling
Paul Heanue, Hingham Municipal Lighting Plant
Virginia LeClair, Co-Chair
Brad E. Moyer, Co-Chair
Michael Sweeney
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