The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has appointed two regional coordinators tasked with helping local officials in western and northeastern Massachusetts cut energy bills through local policies and targeted investments that encourage greater energy efficiency and use of renewable energy.
Commissioner Phil Giudice named Joanne Bissetta Northeast regional coordinator for DOER's Green Communities division and James Barry as Western regional coordinator.
DOER expects to name two additional regional coordinators to serve southeastern and central Massachusetts communities by the end of the month. The regional coordinators will work with DOER's Green Communities division and other DOER staff to implement grant programs and provide technical assistance and guidance on energy-saving programs.
Regional coordinators will also assist cities and towns in meeting benchmarks for designation as a Green Community, which enables them to qualify for up to $10 million in Green Communities grants.
Coordinators may also host local forums to educate communities about energy issues and help local officials pursue renewable energy and energy efficiency goals through resources such as utility-run efficiency programs, the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust, grants and other financing options.