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The Green Energy Committee

The Town of Lincoln has a long commitment to sustainable living and clean energy. In 2006, the Board of Selectmen appointed members to the Green Energy Technology Committee (GETC), which was devoted to making municipal buildings and operations more energy efficient. In 2010, Lincoln became one of the first 17 towns to become a Massachusetts Green Community. 

Over the next few years, recognizing the urgency of climate change and the fact that residential homes account for most of the energy use in Town, the Committee broadened its focus to include residential initiatives. In 2016, it became the Lincoln Green Energy Committee (GEC). 

The Lincoln Green Energy Committee (GEC) leads initiatives in four areas: 

  • Elimination of greenhouse gas emissions from transportation

  • Adoption of renewable energy through town-wide electricity purchase

  • Programs for residential and renewable energy and energy efficiency

  • Investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency in municipal buildings and operations

Green Energy Committee Members

Peter Watkinson, Chair

Mary Day, Assistant Town Administrator

Jim Hutchinson

Ed Kern

Sue Klem

Ed Lang

Ann Risso

Paul Shorb

Jonathan Soo

C.J. Volpone

​Join us!

​Lincoln's Green Energy Committee welcomes new members with diverse areas of expertise, energy, and enthusiasm. We meet the first Thursday of each month, 8–9:30 a.m., at Town Offices on Lincoln Road. Contact Mary Day for additional details.

 

Mailing address:

Green Energy Committee

Town of Lincoln

16 Lincoln Road

Lincoln, MA 01773

GEC reports and documents​

 

2016 Lincoln Green Energy Committee town report

2015 Lincoln Green Energy Committee town report

2014 Lincoln Green Energy Committee town report

2016 Lincoln municipal energy use analysis

H​ighlights of the Green Energy Committee

2019

  • Encouraged purchase of electric vehicles through demonstrations, information

  • Commissioned a report of Lincoln’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  • Worked with BoS to adopt electricity aggregation: Lincoln Green Energy Choice

  • Helped 55 residents conduct home energy assessments and take advantage of rebates and incentives to improve energy efficiency

  • Continued to support HeatSmart for residents seeking to improve heating efficiency

2018 

  • Received $8,700 from National Grid for signing up 300 home energy assessments

  • Participated in the HeatSmart Mass program to lower the costs of renewable and alternative heating and cooling technologies 

  • Worked with Lincoln's Historic District Commission to facilitate rooftop solar 

  • ​Worked with condominiums on energy efficiency, solar, heating, and plumbing fixtures 

2017 

  • Participated in Solarize Mass to lower the costs of residential solar installations

  • ​ Worked with School Building Committee to ensure a Net Zero school renovation

2016

  • Awarded LEED Silver for Town Offices renovation project

  • ​Lincoln Energy Challenge signed up 300 households for free home energy assessments and upgrades 

  • Held workshops on energy efficiency, solar, renewably sourced electricity, and financing

  • Partnered with Solar Design Associates and BlueWave Capital to analyze 25 municipal sites with solar-PV potential​

  • Worked with Planning Board to update Solar Bylaw enabling adoption of solar panels

  • ​Promoted the purchase of electricity with higher mixes of renewable energy, particularly the Make the Switch Program, and electric vehicles

2015

  • Guided the town purchase and installation of energy-efficient LED outdoor lighting

  • Changed name to Green Energy Committee to include broader residential initiatives

2012 

  • Facilitated new zoning bylaws to encourage solar PV installation investments.

  • Participated in Solarize Mass, resulting in the installation of 32 solar PV systems in Lincoln

2011

  • Ensured adoption of energy efficiency in Town Offices renovation resulting in LEED Silver designation in 2016.

  • Facilitated adoption of The Town Facilities Energy Performance Standard, a measure for new construction and major renovation energy performance criteria with a net-zero fossil fuel target by 2030.

  • ​Initiated a residential initiative, Greening Lincoln, which engaged more than 200 residents who pledged to reduce their energy consumption.

2010

  • Helped Lincoln become a designated Massachusetts Green Community.  Criteria included a 20% energy-use reduction target for all municipal buildings against a 2008 baseline. The program has since supported more than $750,000 worth of energy-efficiency investments in Lincoln’s facilities and vehicular fleet.

2009

  • Ensured that Lincoln’s Long Range Master Plan includes many references to energy efficiency, alternative energy, and conserving resources. 

2006

  • The Board of Selectmen appointed the Lincoln Green Energy Technology Committee to identify technologies to reduce municipal energy use.