|Contact:|| Donald Hawley
(413) 269-0100 x-104
|Address:||One North Main Road, P.O. Box 237, Otis, MA 01253|
|Hours:||Meetings: Thursdays 5:00pm|
The Energy Committee has been working to make energy conservation a part of every day town business.
The Energy Committee, working with the Select Board, is working with Sustainable Energy Development, from Ontario New York, on a feasibility study to test the viability of Wind Turbines for the Town of Otis. Townspeople voted in favor of the study at a Special Town Meeting on June 1, 2011. The study is supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Commonwealth Energy Center for $61,750.00. The town’s share of the total cost is $3,250.00 with total study cost at $65,000.00. Three different proposals for turbine options are being developed with the final report being released on May 22, 2012.
Energy upgrades to the Main Rd Fire Station are being developed at this time and will be ready to go to bid in the spring of 2012. Upgrades to the insulation of the building are being investigated. The positive methods used in upgrading the Town Hall are being used to cut energy costs to the Main Rd Fire Station.
In the spring of 2008 a small group of officials, employees and citizens met to explore ways to bring down the rapidly increasing costs of operating the buildings owned by the Town of Otis. Since then, working quietly, energy efficient lighting was installed and a program to close down the town hall for three days a week was instituted and resulted in energy savings of above fifteen percent in fuel oil and electricity. The Wastewater Treatment Plant saw it’s equipment building and Bioclere trickling filters insulated also resulting in substantial savings in fuel oil and increased efficiency in plant operations.
A consulting engineer was hired to develop plans and specifications to complete the building envelope insulation project that was awarded grant money from the Department of Energy Resources. Construction will begin during the spring of 2010 and be completed during the summer of 2010.