Electrification, Resilience, and Energy Efficiency Savings in City of Chelsea Critical Facilities
Synapse Energy Economics, Climable, GreenRoots, and Clean Energy Solutions provided technical assistance to the City of Chelsea, Massachusetts to develop a community-centric microgrid at two of its critical facilities: City Hall and Police Station 911 Call Center. The team of experts provided technical design, economic analysis, community engagement activities, and policy support to the City. Funding from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Municipal Energy Technical Assistance Grant helped complete the following project activities:
- An energy assessment of City Hall and police station, including recommendations for electrification, resilience, and energy savings.
- Calculation of the public benefits from improved resilience, electrification, and energy efficiency of the 911 Call Center and City Hall.
- Preparation of public-facing materials to describe the upgrades and their benefits to the community.
- Development of design concepts and selection criteria for contractors to perform building improvements.
- Identification of a strategy for City Hall and the Police Station to integrate into a broader distributed microgrid in Chelsea.
The resulting the proposed projects create a variety of opportunities for the City of Chelsea and its residents to “prosper-in-place,” produce decentralized clean energy, develop local career pathways, lower energy costs, improve climate resilience, and engage actively with the community.