Category Archives: Green

Medfield climate goals forum at 7:30 on 8/17

From Helen Dewey of Medfield Environment Action –

CLIMATE GOALS:
Think Globally, Act Locally
Learn more at the
Virtual Community Forum
Monday, August 17th at 7:30pm
hosted by Medfield Environment Action
and Medfield Energy Committee
• What are climate goals?
• Why are they important for Medfield?
• How does Medfield align with MA climate goals?
• What would the development of a Net Zero Action Plan
for Medfield entail?
Climate Goals for Medfield will be a Warrant Article
to be voted on at Town Meeting in the fall (date TBD)
Monday, August 17th at 7:30pm via Zoom
Registration required
Register via email at MEAMedfield@gmail.com

CCA vote at next town meeting

Thank you for your interest in our upcoming virtual forum on Community Choice Aggregation on Wed. July 22 nd 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.   You have been registered and will receive a link to the Zoom meeting on Wed morning and we look forward to “seeing” you on Wed evening at 7:30 p.m.  Attached is some information on CCA, Q & A and helpful websites.  Thanks again for taking the time to get informed!

Folks can sign up by sending an email to MEAMedfield@gmail.com

Helen Dewey
Medfield Environment Action

WARRANT ARTICLE
Community Choice Energy Aggregation (CCA)
A Good Choice for Medfield
Q: What is Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)?
A: CCA is a program that allows local governments to procure power on behalf of their residents from an
alternative supplier while still receiving transmission and distribution service from their existing utility
provider (Eversource in Medfield). Nearly half of Massachusetts cities and towns have engaged with CCA
programs since this was authorized by the Mass. Utility Restructuring Act (1997). Massachusetts was first,
but today, seven states have programs that serve more than five million customers nationwide.
Q: Why is CCA a good idea?
A: CCA is attractive for any community that wants more green power than is offered by default, more
supply options, and/or lower electricity prices. By aggregating, a community gains leverage to negotiate
better rates with competitive suppliers and to choose greener power sources. By choosing sources that are
greener-than-default (more Class I RECs), CCAs can help accelerate implementation of renewable power
sources in the state and region.
Q: What does approving this Article commit Medfield to?
A: With approval at Town Meeting, Medfield will be allowed to apply to become a municipal aggregator
and investigate alternative supply options. It does not commit the town to do anything besides this but is a
necessary step for the town to pursue and evaluate options. The Selectmen, for any reason, can later choose
to accept or to not move forward after receiving bids.
Q: What makes this a good choice for Medfield Residents?
A: This program can provide Medfielders more choice for electrical energy supply. Residents will have a
well-vetted supplier without having to research individually. Many towns have been able to increase their
green power content while offering rates comparable to or better than what is currently paid to Eversource.
This is dependent on market conditions. Residents may opt-out, reverting to the Eversource basic rate, at
any time, without penalty.
Q: What will the program cost?
A: The minimal cost of managing the program will be incorporated in the new negotiated rate. Medfield
will engage an energy broker to manage the process, logistics, and marketing. In many towns, the sourcing
and management cost has been substantially less than the savings generated by the programs, meaning net
savings for electrical consumers.
Q: What will be different for me?
A: Not much; the change will be mostly transparent to you. Eversource will bring electricity to your home/
business, service the lines as before, and send you a bill which looks substantially the same. Only the supplier
listed on your bill will change.
Q: What is the wording of this Warrant Article?
A: To see if the town will authorize the Board of Selectmen to initiate the process of seeking to aggregate
electrical load through a Community Choice Aggregation Program (CCA) and contract for Medfield residents
as authorized by M.G.L. 164, Section 134, and through CCA, decrease greenhouse emissions for the
town’s residents by pursuing a percentage of Class I designated renewable energy that is greater than that
required by the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).
For more information visit http://www.town.medfield.net/326/Medfield-Energy-Committee
Helpful Resources/Websites for Additional Info
on Community Choice Aggregation
The Green Energy Consumer Alliance: https://www.greenenergyconsumers.org/
Offers programs/services on green energy choices, advocates for energy policies and educates
New England energy consumers
Green Energy Consumer Alliance on Community Aggregation
https://www.greenenergyconsumers.org/aggregation
Massachusetts Climate Action Network MCAN: https://www.massclimateaction.org/
Mass Climate Action on Community Aggregation:
https://www.massclimateaction.org/community aggregation
Mass.gov information on Municipal Aggregation:
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/municipal-aggregation
https://www.masslive.com/politics/2020/01/mass-senate-introduces-climate-change-bills-calling-for-netzero-
emissions-by-2050-with-5-year-targets.html
From Energy News about the Success/Shattered Expectations of Municipal Aggregation in Massachusetts:
https://energynews.us/2020/02/28/northeast/municipal-aggregation-savings-shattering-expectations-
in-massachusetts/
Towns with Approved Municipal Aggregations
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/municipal-aggregation#approved-municipal-aggregations-
List of Competitive Suppliers in Eastern Mass for personal homeowners to consider:
https://www.eversource.com/NSTAR/CustomerCare/residential/CompetitiveSupplierAdmin/Competitive-
SuppliersDisplay
WARRANT ARTICLE
Community Choice Energy Aggregation (CCA)
A Good Choice for Medfield
Q: What is Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)?
A: CCA is a program that allows local governments to procure power on behalf of their residents from an
alternative supplier while still receiving transmission and distribution service from their existing utility
provider (Eversource in Medfield). Nearly half of Massachusetts cities and towns have engaged with CCA
programs since this was authorized by the Mass. Utility Restructuring Act (1997). Massachusetts was first,
but today, seven states have programs that serve more than five million customers nationwide.
Q: Why is CCA a good idea?
A: CCA is attractive for any community that wants more green power than is offered by default, more
supply options, and/or lower electricity prices. By aggregating, a community gains leverage to negotiate
better rates with competitive suppliers and to choose greener power sources. By choosing sources that are
greener-than-default (more Class I RECs), CCAs can help accelerate implementation of renewable power
sources in the state and region.
Q: What does approving this Article commit Medfield to?
A: With approval at Town Meeting, Medfield will be allowed to apply to become a municipal aggregator
and investigate alternative supply options. It does not commit the town to do anything besides this but is a
necessary step for the town to pursue and evaluate options. The Selectmen, for any reason, can later choose
to accept or to not move forward after receiving bids.
Q: What makes this a good choice for Medfield Residents?
A: This program can provide Medfielders more choice for electrical energy supply. Residents will have a
well-vetted supplier without having to research individually. Many towns have been able to increase their
green power content while offering rates comparable to or better than what is currently paid to Eversource.
This is dependent on market conditions. Residents may opt-out, reverting to the Eversource basic rate, at
any time, without penalty.
Q: What will the program cost?
A: The minimal cost of managing the program will be incorporated in the new negotiated rate. Medfield
will engage an energy broker to manage the process, logistics, and marketing. In many towns, the sourcing
and management cost has been substantially less than the savings generated by the programs, meaning net
savings for electrical consumers.
Q: What will be different for me?
A: Not much; the change will be mostly transparent to you. Eversource will bring electricity to your home/
business, service the lines as before, and send you a bill which looks substantially the same. Only the supplier
listed on your bill will change.
Q: What is the wording of this Warrant Article?
A: To see if the town will authorize the Board of Selectmen to initiate the process of seeking to aggregate
electrical load through a Community Choice Aggregation Program (CCA) and contract for Medfield residents
as authorized by M.G.L. 164, Section 134, and through CCA, decrease greenhouse emissions for the
town’s residents by pursuing a percentage of Class I designated renewable energy that is greater than that
required by the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).
For more information visit http://www.town.medfield.net/326/Medfield-Energy-Committee
Helpful Resources/Websites for Additional Info
on Community Choice Aggregation
The Green Energy Consumer Alliance: https://www.greenenergyconsumers.org/
Offers programs/services on green energy choices, advocates for energy policies and educates
New England energy consumers
Green Energy Consumer Alliance on Community Aggregation
https://www.greenenergyconsumers.org/aggregation
Massachusetts Climate Action Network MCAN: https://www.massclimateaction.org/
Mass Climate Action on Community Aggregation:
https://www.massclimateaction.org/community aggregation
Mass.gov information on Municipal Aggregation:
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/municipal-aggregation
https://www.masslive.com/politics/2020/01/mass-senate-introduces-climate-change-bills-calling-for-netzero-
emissions-by-2050-with-5-year-targets.html
From Energy News about the Success/Shattered Expectations of Municipal Aggregation in Massachusetts:
https://energynews.us/2020/02/28/northeast/municipal-aggregation-savings-shattering-expectations-
in-massachusetts/
Towns with Approved Municipal Aggregations
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/municipal-aggregation#approved-municipal-aggregations-
List of Competitive Suppliers in Eastern Mass for personal homeowners to consider:
https://www.eversource.com/NSTAR/CustomerCare/residential/CompetitiveSupplierAdmin/Competitive-
SuppliersDisplay

MEA’s Forum on Community Choice Aggregation – 7PM, 7/22/20

Mayor, Colleeen Sullivan’s article in Medfield Patch – register via MEAMedfield@gmail.com

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Community Corner

Medfield – Community Choice Aggregation Info Forum, 7/22/20

In anticipation of the vote at the next Town Meeting, the July 22 virtual forum will consider questions like how does CCA work, etc?

(Colleen)

The following authored by Fritz Fleischmann, Medfield Environment Action member.

Join Us: Community Choice Aggregation: Informational Forum on July 22

Medfield has a new environmental group: Medfield Environment Action (MEA). Its mission statement declares:

Medfield Environment Action (MEA) is a grassroots organization of residents. We share information about the accelerating environmental destruction and climate emergency to empower local action. We seek to build a movement of informed citizens, dedicated to the preservation of a living environment in Medfield and beyond. Our goal is for those informed citizens to support each other and work together for solutions.

MEA will work to:

  • initiate and support measures by our town and state governments that will positively impact our environment;
  • help reduce energy consumption and render the consumed energy renewable/sustainable;
  • reduce other environmental impacts in our community.

One of MEA’s first initiatives is to host two virtual forums, on July 22 and August 17, which will provide an opportunity to learn about two environmental choices for Medfield that will be voted on at the next Town Meeting: whether to embrace Community Choice Aggregation, and how to set Medfield’s climate goals.

The first virtual forum on Wednesday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m. will take up the question of Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). CCA is a method of buying renewable electricity in bulk for a town’s operations and for its residents. MCAN (the Massachusetts Climate Action Network) describes it as “a program towns and cities can use to switch everyone in the town who is on basic service over to cleaner energy. An energy broker helps the community purchase the amount of energy which best fits their needs. Residents may opt out at any time. The energy is still distributed and billed through the town’s original utility (i.e. Eversource or National Grid).” Voters in a growing number of towns in Massachusetts have either approved such a program (Melrose, Brookline, and Lexington were among the early adopters), or are the in various stages of adopting it.

In anticipation of the vote at the next Town Meeting, the July 22 virtual forum will consider such questions as: how does CCA work? What are the benefits (and are there any downsides)? Will residents save money? Can they opt out of it? Is it right for Medfield?

Interested residents can register for this forum by writing to MEAMedfield@gmail.com; once registered, they will receive an invitation with a link to the forum. Information about the second forum on August 17 will be published in due course.

Guest Column: Why pursuing a net zero school building for Medfield makes sense

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Guest Column: Why pursuing a net zero school building for Medfield makes sense

At its meeting on June 2, the Medfield Board of Selectmen listened to an intriguing presentation from Mark Sandeen, a member of the Select Board in Lexington. In February, Lexington had opened its new Hastings Elementary School as a net-positive building: an all-electric building that uses no fossil fuels and that generates more energy than it consumes in its operation. Mr. Sandeen had been invited by Fred Davis, chair of the Medfield Energy Committee, to be part of a presentation by the MEC to the Board of Selectmen. The MEC asked the board to charge the MEC and Arrowstreet, the Dale Street Planning Committee architectural firm, to figure out together whether a new school building for Medfield could be constructed as a fossil fuel-free building, at a total lifecycle cost that equals (or is less than) that of a more conventional building.

In his introductory remarks, Fred Davis pointed out that this is already proven technology, implemented in a number of schools in Massachusetts.

As Mark Sandeen explained, the Hastings School is an 110,000-square-foot elementary school building that is going to house 645 students on a regular basis, the second (and larger) of two net-zero school buildings now operating in Lexington. Several features enable the building to produce more than enough energy to meet its own needs: a tight envelope reduces those needs by 50%; in addition to solar panels on the roof, solar canopies were erected on the parking lots around the building. An electric heat pump will move heat from the ground during the winter months, and it will cool the building during the summer by pumping heat out of the building back into the ground. The annual energy needs of the building were calculated at 970,000 kilowatt hours of electricity; the solar installations on the rooftop and the canopies are projected to produce 1.1 million kilowatt hours per year. An extensive battery system was installed to lower peak demand in the building.

An additional benefit of this design is that the Hastings School is the healthiest school building ever erected in Lexington; increased and improved air circulation creates an environment that is most conducive to student learning.

The Lexington facility will, on an annual basis, produce more energy than it consumes. The net-zero-energy features, along with incentives from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, provide substantial net dollar benefits to the town from Day One. Under a worst-case scenario (if revenue is lower than expected and expense higher than expected), Sandeen projects a net income to the town (annual dollar benefits exceeding annual bond payment) in the range of $30,000. Under moderate conditions, the projection of net benefit goes up to around $100,000/year.

Mr. Sandeen’s talk is available as part of the video taken of the Selectmen’s meeting on June 2, which has been posted on YouTube by Medfield TV (the MEC presentation begins at 57.53).

As Medfield’s project is just entering the design phase, this is the perfect time to think about making the Dale Street School an all-electric Net Zero building. At the end of the presentation, the Selectmen were definitely interested in the concept and charged the MEC and Arrowstreet with creating scenarios informed by Mr. Sandeen’s presentation.

The MEC is working on a number of fronts to reduce carbon emissions in Medfield. If you would like more information or to help with these efforts, contact Fred Davis, MEC chair.

Fritz Fleischmann is a resident of Spring Street.

MEC – make new Dale Street School net zero

RESOLUTION OF MEDFIELD ENERGY COMMITTEE
RE DALE STREET SCHOOL
ADOPTED 5/21/20

We highly recommend that the Dale Street Committee move forward to
make this project net zero carbon emissions.

Constructing a new building for zero fossil fuels must be done now, or
systems will have to be reconfigured at very high expense in the not too
distant future. Medfield is planning Dale Street for the town’s future so we
must incorporate a net zero goal at this time.

Governor Baker has committed to a close-to-net zero carbon emissions in
2050 for all of Massachusetts. The time is now to make this commitment in
Medfield and to design for the future.

By this document MEC is showing that other communities have made a
commitment to Net Zero buildings, and that many new schools are
explicitly modeling for this objective.

As options are reviewed with costs, financing, incentives, and energy
expenses projected, we are optimistic that, as has been demonstrated in
other towns, Medfield can construct a net zero building at a very
reasonable net cost, or even net profit. This is an exciting time for
innovation in this field and making this happen will require many in the
community to learn about new technology. Doing this for this large and
important school construction project will allow Medfield to take a major
first step in moving toward a net zero footprint.

Please let us know where and when we can further discuss this topic and
when this commitment can be included in the planning for Dale Street and
how it will be evaluated.

The MEC stands ready to help research and support this component of the
project.

Medfield Community Garden’s 2020 Registration Now Open

From Neal Sanders –

Medfield Community Garden’s 2020 Registration Now Open

Is growing fresh vegetables something you would like to do?  Have you tried to grow them in your back yard, but found you had too much shade?  Do you live in a condo or apartment that has no space for gardens?  If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, the town of Medfield has a possible solution for you: the Medfield Community Garden. 

Registration for spaces at the garden located on Plain Street off Route 27 is now open for the 2020 season, and ends when the last space is filled.  Plots are available on a first-request basis and usually go quickly.  A 300-square-foot plot provides ample room for a variety of different vegetables for most families. Approximately 12 plots are available for this season.

            Both novice or experienced gardeners will find the Community Garden offers a great opportunity to learn and grow.  The Garden is located on Conservation Commission land at the former Holmquist Farm on the south side of town.  The site provides all-day sun, a scarce commodity for many Medfield residents.

            Never had a vegetable garden, or feel you’d like a refresher course, or more information on growing in this area?  Master Gardener and lecturer Betty Sanders will offer a freshly updated program on planning, planting and growing a garden in this area.  The presentation will be held on Saturday, March 14, at 10:30 a.m. in the Medfield Library.

            Gardeners provide their own seeds or seedlings, agree to fence their plot, and keep it weed-free throughout the season.  The town provides a ready-to-plant site, wood chips for paths, and on-site-water.  Because the Community garden is on town-owned Conservation land, gardeners are not allowed to use any herbicides or inorganic insecticides.   

The Community Garden has now been on Plain Street for more than fifteen years.  As a result of good gardening practices, the site is rich in organic nutrients, eliminating the need for almost all fertilizers and additives.

Residents can apply for a plot by contacting garden co-manager Neal Sanders at 508-359-9453 or n_h_sanders@yahoo.com.  Plots measuring 15 feet by 20 feet are $18, plus a one-time fee for joining the garden of $20.

LED lights in all schools

Facilities Director, Amy Colleran, shared in advance of the Medfield Energy Committee meeting this evening that the schools are replacing all lights in all school buildings to effect an annual $123,000 estimated energy savings.  The cost to do the swap is 100% paid for by Eversource grants.

This is the projected savings for the Medfield High School, our biggest building.

Financial Summary Energy Conservation Measure PROJECT TOTAL COST Estimated Incentive CUSTOMER COST ROI AC & Maintenance Savings SIMPLE PAYBACK (YEARS) Estimated Annual Energy Savings ($) Lighting $88,334.00 $88,334.00 $0.00 0% $14,670 0.0 $41,142.00 Total $88,334.00 $88,334.00 $0.00 0% $14,670 0.0 $41,142.00 $4,651.00 Monthly Cost of Delay KWH SAVINGS 242,014 Town of Medfield High School $0 $100,000 $100,000 $200,000 $200,000 $300,000 $300,000 $400,000 $400,000 $500,000 $500,000 $600,000 $600,000 Year 1Year 1Year 1 Year 1 Year 2Year 2Year 2 Year 2 Year 3Year 3Year 3 Year 3 Year 4Year 4 Year 4 Year 4 Year 5Year 5Year 5 Year 5 Year 6Year 6Year 6 Year 6 Year 7Year 7Year 7 Year 7 Year 8Year 8Year 8 Year 8 Year 9Year 9Year 9 Year 9 Year 10Year 10Year 10 Year 10 10 Year Energy Savings 10 Year Energy Savings10 Year Energy Savings 10 Year Energy Savings10 Year Energy Savings 10 Year Energy Savings 10 Year Energy Savings

Savings at the Blake Middle School are about $25,000/year, $15,000 at Memorial and Wheelock, and $13,000 at Dale Street.

LED streetlights are in

LED streetlight

It is done! The town now has new LED streetlights and also owns those new LED streetlights, that Facilities Director, Amy Colleran, just had installed.  Payback from the energy savings was less than three years, from memory, given that the town used a state grant to make it even more economical to do.

The notice from Amy below received just now –

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As of yesterday, all the new streetlight have been installed. The project is complete.

Amy Colleran

Director of Facilities

Town of Medfield

Volunteers & styrofoam both wanted next Saturday

From Barb Myers and Helen Dewey of the Savvy Women’s Alliance –

20160514_TS-styrofoam collection

Volunteers Needed for Styrofoam Recycling

 

Volunteers are needed to help receive, sort, and pack styrofoam at the Medfield Transfer Station on Saturday, May 18.  Since only clean, white Expanded Polystyrene (#6)  packing blocks and coolers can be accepted for recycling, all foam collected must be inspected before it is packed.   Residents should remove cardboard, glues, tapes, labels, and stickers before bringing foam for recycling.  No take-out food containers are accepted, as guidelines for recycling are strict in order to clean up the process and final product of styrofoam recycling.

 

Please sign up to help at  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0448aaa623a4f49-styrofoam6 or call Barb Meyer for more information 508-359-9613.

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Note: popped bubble wrap can be recycled in the bins for plastic bags at the Transfer Station  (near the single-stream recycling) and at large-chain grocery stores.  Clean packing peanuts will not be accepted but can be reused at Express Business Center 258A Main St., Medfield, 508-359-7444 or  Postal Center 14 Milliston Rd B, Millis, 508-376-1200.

Medfield Clean-Up Days 4/27 & 4/28

From the Medfield DPW –

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Posted on: April 18, 2019

Medfield Clean Up Days

Medfield Clean Up Day Flyer 2019

Volunteers Needed! Take pride in your community and help clean up litter in your neighborhoods, parks, schools, and public buildings. Bring a Team! Ask your friends and co-workers! This is a great community service opportunity!  A few days prior to the event you can visit the Town Hall at 459 Main Street for your Medfield Clean Up Day Recycled Trash Bags as well as litter locations where we need your help!

For more information and a list of locations please call the DPW Office at 508 906-3003.