UMass Amherst, WMECo to Sign Memorandum of Understanding for Energy Efficiency Partnership

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Date:   Thursday, May 22, 2014

Time:  11:30 a.m.

Place:  UMass Campus Center, 10th floor conference area

Representatives of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and WMECo/Northeast Utilities will sign a memorandum of understanding on Thursday, May 22 aimed at enhancing their continuing partnership and committing to a three-year plan of action to increase energy efficiency on campus.

WMECo’s assistance under the special partnership includes energy efficiency incentive funding, technical assistance, and outreach/education programs on campus. Under the agreement, plans are being developed to reduce campus energy consumption by more than 2 percent annually for the next three years.

Special guests for the signing include Mark Sylvia, commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, and Eric Friedman, deputy director of DOER’s Green Communities Division and director of the state’s Leading by Example Program.

Tilak Subrahmanian, vice president of energy efficiency at Northeast Utilities, WMECo’s parent company, will sign for WMECo. James Sheehan, vice chancellor of administration and finance, will sign for UMass Amherst.

As part of the plan, WMECo will be involved at the early stages in the design of new construction, expansion and additions, and major renovations over 10,000 square feet. The effort targets energy efficiency to be at least 25 percent better than current state code.

11:30 a.m. Signing ceremony for memorandum of understanding between UMass Amherst and WMECo/Northeast Utilities.

1-2 p.m. Green campus tours available of Level III electric vehicle charging station or Central Heating Plant.