Energy Task Force

The Task Force is an ad hoc committee authorized by the Town's Selectmen.  Terms are one-year, renewable.  Committee composition: six appointed residents, one appointed Selectman, plus the Facilities Manager.  The Energy Task Force complies with Open Meeting regulations.

Mission Statement

"Working in conjunction with town leadership, the Energy Task Force will proactively seek to identify stategies and potential funding partnerships in order to lower municipal and school energy expenditures and community greenhouse emissions."

Achievements

  • Awarded $ 150, 000 grant for Lane School energy conservation updates.
  • Audits and analysis of municipal/school building energy use to improve energy efficiency.
  • Negotiating with Eversource for energy efficient lighting retrofits.
  • Purchase of infrared camera to assess building and system effieciencies.
  • Kill-a-Watt meters available for circulation at the town library. (thanks to Friends of the Library funding.)
  • Research into "best practices" in other communities.
  • In 2011 Massachusetts designated Bedford a "Green Community", which made it eligible for up to $148,000 in grants for local renewable power and energy efficiency projects.
    • 2012 $148,000
    • 2013 $200,000

Work in Progress

  • Revising Town Energy Policy in collaboration with town administration, committees, and approval by Selectmen and school committee.
  • Supporting facilities department towards the goal of 20% energy reduction (now at 17%) from 2011 to 2015.
  • 2015: Applying for $200,000 in Green Community in grants.
  • 2016: Propose Town Meeting article for Community Choice Aggregation."Metropolitan Planning Area Council (MAPC)"

Board Members

Name Title
Aubrey Jaffer Chair, 2018
Suzy Enos 2018
Brendan Welch 2018
Christine Rabinowitz 2018
Michael Donnell 2018
Richard Torti 2018
Margot R. Fleischman Selectmen, 2018
Vacancy School Liaison 2018