Jul 18
"...Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Commissioner Mark Sylvia today announced the Massachusetts Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program will launch on July 28, 2011. A follow-up to last year’s Great Appliance Exchange, the new program is open to Massachusetts households. Customers who purchase a new ENERGY STAR® refrigerator and/or room air conditioner to replace an inefficient model, may qualify for rebates of $150 and $50, respectively. “Taking old, inefficient appliances off the grid and replacing them with energy saving models, cuts energy consumption and costs, while stimulating the economy with retail sales,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. “As I have said before, the clean energy revolution is going to occur one household at a time and this program is a great example of how it will happen.” The program is funded by a combination of a US Department of Energy American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant, funding from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and funds available to promote energy efficiency from a nitrogen oxides (NOx) cap and trade program established to reduce ozone pollution. The program is expected to fund approximately 20,000 rebates worth $2 million and is estimated to save around 1.8 million kilowatt hours in a year, enough to power 250 homes for a year." View the Govenor's press release.