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BHA Executes Technical Audit Agreement with AMERESCO for Water and Energy Conservation Project; Yearly Savings Expected to Exceed $5 Million
Contact: Lydia Agro,Communications Director, 617-988-4109
Location: Boston, MA

The Boston Housing Authority has announced a partnership with Citizens Conservation Services, an Ameresco company, to maximize its savings through the implementation of integrated water and energy conservation improvements as well as related resident health upgrades. The project will affect approximately 5,000 apartments in 15 developments throughout the City of Boston and is expected to save the BHA more than $5 million a year in energy savings.

“The BHA continues to find new, innovative, and economically responsible ways to provide families with clean and safe environments in which to live,” said BHA Administrator Sandra Henriquez. “Citizens Conservation Services is a proven company that has worked with many other public housing authorities throughout the nation and we look forward to a long and productive relationship with them.”

BHA designated Citizens as the company that will implement this round of energy performance measures in fifteen of its family and elderly/disabled developments. Citizens has embarked on an extensive energy audit of the fifteen developments to finalize which upgrades will be undertaken at each site.

“We are very excited for the opportunity to work with the BHA to help meet their environmental, infrastructure, energy and cost reduction goals,” said George Sakellaris, CEO of Ameresco. Steve Morgan, Citizens President, added "It is an honor and a challenge to work with one of the nation's best managed and most sophisticated housing authorities to address both energy conservation and healthier apartment conditions in the same effort. We look forward to a close collaboration over the next dozen years.”

Energy and money saving upgrades will include actions like replacing water closets, showerheads and faucet aerators, consolidating electric meters, installing energy efficient lighting, converting electric heat to gas, upgrading or replacing old central heating plants and installing co-generation and renewable energy systems. In addition, measures such as adding or improving apartment exhaust systems and adding dryer vents will also be undertaken to improve healthy living conditions for residents. An extensive resident education, training, and employment program will complement and reinforce the program over the life of the project.

It is expected that the money saved over time through energy conservation will cover the cost of the upgrades and healthy apartment improvements. The total savings over a twelve (12) year period is expected to be approximately $60 million.

The fifteen developments that will be audited are Bromley Park and Heath Street in Jamaica Plain, Commonwealth and Washington Street in Brighton, Franklin Field, Franklin Hill and Pasciucco in Dorchester, Holgate and Whittier Street in Roxbury, Lenox Street in the South End/Lower Roxbury, Old Colony in South Boston, Washington Beech and Roslyn Apartments in Roslindale, Torre Unidad in the South End, and the Charlestown development in Charlestown.

Prior to this designation, the BHA participated in two earlier energy performance contracts that saved the Authority more than $16 million. Those contracts allowed the BHA to fully replace the original 1938 heating system at the Mary Ellen McCormack development in South Boston as well as upgrade heating and water systems at BHA state-funded developments throughout the city.


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