State: Lt. Governor annouces $1.5 million in funding for energy assessments at military bases

Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray announced Thursday that $1.5 million dollars will fund energy audits at all six military bases in the state.

“These audits will lead to reduced energy costs, increased use of renewable energy, and enhanced energy security at the bases,” said Murray

Standing inside an aircraft hangar at the Massachusetts Military Reservation, Murray said the U.S Department of Defense wants to transform 25% of fossil fuel usage into renewable energy, “The Department of Defense is the #1 energy user in the United States and they have recognized that and set very ambitious goals to curb their usage”

The six military bases will be assessed in the next year to find energy savings. The audits are being funded through an account that collects money from utility companies. But Murray said the state is trying to find ways they can potentially fund future energy projects in order to implement savings.

Lt. Governor Tim Murray addressing the crowd

Lt. Governor Tim Murray

U.S Major General L. Scott Rice

Mark Sylvia, Commissioner of the Dept. of Energy Resources (left) on a tour of the Massachusetts Military Reservation with Lt. Governor Tim Murray (middle)

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With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.