In a first of its kind partnership, Hampshire Power is supporting Monte’s Cancer Connection Summercamp by facilitating donations to Cancer Connection for every new contract signed with the local electricity supplier.
As summer is fast-approaching, it’s time for a deep clean. The HCG Purchasing Co-op offers municipalities, schools, and nonprofits an opportunity to save time, money, and effort through the new Custodial Supplies Bid. This bid offers free delivery, with no cost to participate and take advantage of the savings. Supplies may be ordered as needed.
A quick reminder before summer officially arrives! The HCG Purchasing Co-op offers local schools an opportunity to save time, money, and effort through the General School Supplies and Arts & Crafts bids. These bids offer free delivery, with no cost to participate and take advantage of the savings.
Northampton and Williamsburg host a “Meet the Installer” educational workshop through HCG’s Solarize Hot Water Western Massachusetts program
Together, Northampton and Williamsburg are leading the outreach for HCG’s Solarize Hot Water Western Massachusetts program. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center awarded HCG the first pilot grant to help residents of Western Massachusetts install solar hot water on their homes. Collectively, Northampton, Williamsburg, and HCG are hosting a Meet the Installer workshop at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence on Thursday June 14th at 6:30PM. This event is free and open to all Western Massachusetts residents.
The Town of Amherst sponsors a “Meet the Installer” educational workshop through HCG’s Solarize Hot Water Western Massachusetts program
The Town of Amherst’s Sustainability Department is leading the outreach for HCG’s Solarize Hot Water Western Massachusetts program. The MassCEC awarded HCG the first pilot grant to help residents of Western Massachusetts install solar hot water on their homes. The Town of Amherst and HCG are hosting a Meet the Installer workshop at the Town Hall in the Town Room on Tuesday May 22nd at 6:30PM. This event is open to all Western Massachusetts residents.
The Town of Pelham’s Energy Committee is leading the outreach for HCG’s Solarize Hot Water Western Massachusetts program. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) awarded HCG the first pilot grant to help residents of Western Massachusetts install solar hot water on their homes. The Pelham Energy Committee and HCG are hosting a Meet the Installer workshop at the Pelham Library in the Ramsdell Room on Tuesday May 8th at 6:30PM. This event is open to all Western Massachusetts residents.
Municipalities and regional school districts throughout Western Massachusetts are now addressing rising retiree healthcare liabilities. Almost all public entities in the region are now quantifying and realizing their Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) liabilities, which is primarily retiree healthcare and not pension benefits.
HCG is excited to introduce Solarize Hot Water Western Massachusetts, a program designed to increase the adoption of solar hot water systems in the Pioneer Valley through reduced costs, a community education campaign, a dedicated volunteer network, and a partnership with a local installer.
HCG is amplifying its commitment to local, renewable energy by expanding its Energy Credit brokerage service. This service helps property owners statewide tap into the significant financial incentives for installing renewable heating and cooling technologies. Alternative Energy Credits (AECs) are available to users of systems that increase energy efficiency and reduce the need for conventional fossil fuel-based energy generation.
DATE CHANGE: HCG Purchasing Co-op offers local teachers hands-on opportunity to choose school and art supplies
Update: Due to inclement weather, the dates have been rescheduled. School supplies will now take place on Wednesday, March 14th, and Arts & Crafts will be Thursday, March 15th. HCG Purchasing Co-op offers local schools a chance to save time, money, and effort through the General School and Arts & Crafts Supplies bids. On Wednesday, March 7th, and Thursday March 8th (weather permitting), local teachers and school staff will participate in awarding those items that will yield the best value. The process allows them to physically test and evaluate each product, and decide which supplies they choose to make available for purchase through these bids.
HCG is excited to announce the addition of Hampden County’s first Healthy Bones & Balance class beginning March 14th at the RiverMills Chicopee Senior Center. Chicopee joins 27 other sites in the Pioneer Valley in offering this acclaimed program.
HCG is expanding its services to the community by launching the Western Massachusetts Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) Trust. The program saves public entities time and money in funding their retiree healthcare obligations. The Western MA OPEB Trust is open to all public entities in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, and Worcester counties.
HCG is expanding its commitment to local, alternative energy by launching an Alternative Energy Certificate (AEC) brokerage service, providing additional financial incentives to green heating and cooling system users. Anyone who has recently installed, or is considering installing, a renewable heating and cooling system is encouraged to contact HCG to learn how to maximize their clean energy investment. The types of systems that may qualify for this service are: solar hot water, pellet central heating systems, woodchip boilers, compost heat exchange, air source heat pumps, and geothermal.
HCG is thrilled to once again be supporting the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. HCG is bringing two great efforts together in order to facilitate more donations and community involvement. On Monday, HCG is welcoming Monte’s March home by partnering with Lavery Greenfield’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Jar Drive.
HCG is pleased to announce that RSVP of the Pioneer Valley was awarded a competitive $110,000 Senior Corps expansion grant. Fifty grants were given out nationwide, and HCG received the only one in Massachusetts.
HCG has steadily been fulfilling its pledge to remain in the Paris Agreement by combating climate change across Western Massachusetts and beyond. HCG has expanded its longstanding renewable energy projects and has launched additional innovative power initiatives, with even more in the works.
HCG is kicking off the first round of a solar thermal campaign via a new grant awarded by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) through the Commonwealth Solar Hot Water program. The $141,875 grant will fund three rounds of regional solar thermal outreach campaigns. After a vigorous vetting process, HCG has been chosen to lead the pilot campaign expected to run from Fall 2017 into the first quarter of 2018, with campaigns in the Greater Boston area led by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the Merrimack Planning Commission following later in 2018.
HCG is excited to announce a new grant awarded by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) through the Commonwealth Solar Hot Water program. The $141,875 grant will fund three rounds of regional solar thermal outreach campaigns.
HCG is pleased to announce that the historic Hampshire County Courthouse is set to receive $1.3 million in capital funding for critical repairs.
HCG and the Town of Hadley have long benefited from a valuable partnership, and it is our hope that the citizens of Hadley choose to maintain this strong relationship. HCG provides valuable resources to Hadley and we look forward to a renewed investment in these services.
RSVP of the Pioneer Valley recognizes the contribution of over 650 volunteers who have served more than 100,000 volunteer hours in the past year. According to Independent Sector, these hours amount to an estimated contribution of $3 million to the local community. “RSVP volunteers are passionate about giving back to their communities,” says Lindsay Bennett-Jacobs, director, RSVP of the Pioneer Valley. “They dedicate so much valuable time and effort to the organizations they serve.”
The only energy supplier based in Massachusetts, Hampshire Power is pleased to announce a new partnership with The Eastern States Exposition. “The decision by The Eastern States Exposition to transition to 100% green energy with Hampshire Power reaffirms their goal of showcasing the abundance that New England has to offer,” says Sinead Coleman, director of operations, Hampshire Power. “By investing in local renewable energy, they are keeping money in the community, and supporting local businesses.”
HCG is pleased to announce the addition of Catherine Welker to their team in the newly created position of marketing and communications coordinator. She has assumed responsibility for all internal and external communications for the organization. “This spring we hired Mitch Anthony and his company Clarity to talk to our constituents about their perceptions of HCG,” says Todd Ford, executive director. “The people we serve reported high satisfaction with our performance, but they also indicated that we have an image problem. So, with Clarity’s help, we are going to focus attention on telling our story more clearly.”