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May 13, 2014

Amesbury plans region's first 'green' car station

AMESBURY — Carriagetown plans to be the first city in the region to have an electric car charging station, part of an effort to push a “green energy” initiative.

Mayor Ken Gray and Deputy Director of Community and Economic Development William Scott are promising to make Amesbury much greener by the end of the year and will start by presenting their 2014 Energy Plan to the City Council at their regularly scheduled meeting at City Hall tonight.

“The plan makes use of a creative combination of multiple funding opportunities that will finance energy projects throughout Amesbury,” Gray will post on his blog today. “These projects utilize new technology to improve our energy conservation efforts while also reducing costs.”

Recently designated a Green Community by the state of Massachusetts, $228,775 of the $300,000 Energy Plan will be coming from state grant funding and 87 percent of the Energy Plan will be financed by outside sources. The mayor plans to roll the plan out literally as well, with the addition of the Water Department’s new electric 2014 Ford Focus EV to read the city’s water meters. The vehicle runs solely on electricity and a dual connector charging station located in the downtown parking garage will also be unveiled to complement the vehicle as well as provide public access to charging. The mayor also plans to use the recently announced “wayfinding” grant from the state to guide the public to the charging station.

“We will be the first community in the area to have a charging station,” Gray said. “People can come here to charge them and while they are waiting, we hope they will visit our downtown restaurants and businesses.”

November will begin the city’s most visible changes when 133 downtown period lights will be converted to LED technology which the mayor said will save Amesbury over $26,000 annually in energy, labor, and material costs. The outdoor lighting at the Cashman Elementary School, Amesbury Middle School, and Amesbury High School will also be retrofitted with LEDs. Many of the door seals in all the city’s schools as well as in municipal buildings will also be replaced or improved to minimize drafts and save on heating costs.

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