State and Local Policy Database

Springfield

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Springfield, MA

Scored out of 100Updated 8/2019
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Local Government Climate and Energy Goals List All

Climate Mitigation Goal

Springfield does not have a climate mitigation or greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal for municipal operations.

Energy Reduction Goal

We did not find information regarding a municipal energy reduction goal.

Renewable Energy Goal

We did not find information regarding a municipal renewable energy goal.

Last updated: March 2020

Procurement and Construction List All

Fleet policies and composition 

We could not find information on Springfield’s fleet procurement policies or fuel efficiency requirements. We were unable to find data regarding fleet composition.

Public lighting

We did not find information regarding the adoption of a policy requiring efficient outdoor lighting, such as the International Dark-Sky Association’s Model Lighting Ordinance. We could not confirm if Springfield has an outdoor lighting upgrade program.

Onsite renewable systems

We were unable to find information regarding onsite renewable energy systems in Springfield.

Inclusive procurement

We could not verify if the city has inclusive procurement and contracting processes.

Last updated: March 2020

Community-Wide Initiatives
Community-Wide Summary List All

The City of Springfield adopted the Climate Action and Resilience Plan in 2017.

Last updated: March 2020

Community-Wide Climate Mitigation and Energy GoalsList All

Climate Mitigation Goal

The Climate Action and Resilience Plan includes a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% below 2015 by 2050.

Energy Reduction Goal

The Climate Action and Resilience Plan includes a goal to increase the rate of energy audits 20% by 2020 and complete 100% of the recommended work by 2025.

Renewable Energy Goal

The Climate Action and Resilience Plan includes a goal to use solar energy to meet 10% of community energy needs by 2022 and 50% by 2050.

Energy Data Reporting

The city does reported comprehensive community-wide energy data in its 2015 greenhouse gas inventory.

Last updated: March 2020

Equity-Driven Approaches to Clean Energy Planning, Implementation, and EvaluationList All

Equity-Driven Community Engagement

Prior to developing the city’s Climate Action and Resilience Plan, Springfield conducted a vulnerability analysis to identify the city’s most at-risk communities. The city then conducted two out of three workshops in socially vulnerable communities to solicit input to be used towards development of the plan.

Equity-Driven Decision-Making

We were unable to determine if the city has created a formal role for marginalized community residents or local organizations representing those communities to participate in decision-making that affects the creation or implementation of a local energy, sustainability, or climate action plan.

Accountability to Equity

The Climate Action and Resilience Plan has a goal to ensure 50% of all low-income utility accounts receive a 50% or greater discount from community solar projects by 2022.

Last updated: March 2020

Clean Distributed Energy SystemsList All

The City of Springfield supported the creation of a community solar project by serving as an anchor subscriber to the project.

Last updated: March 2020

Mitigation of Urban Heat Islands List All

The Sustainability Plan includes a goal to plant 5,600 trees on public property and 5,400 trees on private property by 2022.

We could not verify if the city has adopted policies or programs aimed at mitigating the urban heat island effect.

Last updated: March 2020

Buildings Policies
Energy & Water Utilities
Energy & Water Utilities Summary List All

Eversource, an investor-owned utility (IOU), is the primary electric utility serving Springfield. Columbia Gas of Massachusetts is also an IOU and is Springfield’s primary gas utility. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires spending and savings targets for its utilities through an EERS. To learn more about utility policies and programs for the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts, please visit the State Policy Database.

The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission is the municipal utility that provides the City of Springfield with drinking water services, wastewater treatment, and stormwater management.

Last Updated: March 2020

Electric & Gas Energy Efficiency Programs and SavingsList All

In 2018, Eversource reported 704,398 MWh of net electric savings at the meter, which represents 2.89% of its retail sales across the utility’s entire service jurisdiction, not only Springfield. In 2018, Eversource spent $262,078,000 on energy efficiency programs, which represents 9.03% of its retail revenue.

In 2018, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts reported 4.72 MMtherms of net natural gas savings at the meter, which represents 1.26% of its retail sales across the utility’s service territory. In 2018, Columbia Gas spent $46,777,334 on energy efficiency, which equates to $159.47 per residential customer. These savings and spending figures cover the entire jurisdiction of both utilities, not just the City of Springfield.

Eversource offers electric efficiency incentives and technical assistance to residential and commercial/industrial customers. Columbia Gas similarly offers natural gas efficiency tips and incentives to residential and business customers.

While no formal partnership exists between the City of Springfield and its utilities, Columbia Gas often works directly with the City to complete energy efficiency projects on city-owned buildings and schools. The utility recently held a “Main Street” day for small businesses, and the City assisted in promoting the event. The City’s emphasis on energy efficiency and reducing energy consumption encourages participation and supports the goals of the utility’s energy efficiency program.

Last Updated: March 2020

Low-Income & Multifamily EE Programs List All

Low-Income Programs

The state of Massachusetts is served by the Low-Income Energy Affordability Network (LEAN), which is a network of Community Action Agencies, public and private housing owners, government organizations and public utilities that work together to provide low-income efficiency solutions in the state. Through LEAN, Eversource and Columbia Gas of Massachusetts participate in the dual fuel Eligible Coordinated Delivery Core Initiative (formerly Low-Income Single Family and Low-Income Multi-Family), which are available to qualified low-income residential customers. The Income Eligible Coordinated Delivery Initiative provides no-cost energy efficiency measures to residential customers living in one- to four-unit dwellings in which at least 50% of the occupants have incomes at or below 60% of the state median income. The initiative offers measures such as lighting and smart strips, appliance replacement, water saving measures, insulation and air sealing, and heating system replacement. The program serves all income eligible customers that meet the program guidelines.

Customers typically qualify for fuel assistance and other qualifying government assistance programs and the utility Discount Rate. Customers with a high WAP score and high energy burden are given priority. The initiative is implemented by local Community Action Program (CAP) Agencies and is integrated with the Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). There is also a statewide Energy Efficiency Advisory Council and an Income Eligible Best Practices Committee that provide guidance on income eligible utility-sponsored programs in the state.

In 2018, according to Eversource, it achieved 22,098 MWh in energy savings while spending $30,024,372 and served 20,339 low-income customers. In 2018, according to Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, it achieved 0.37 MMtherms, while spending $7,944,352 on its low-income programs and served 2,679 low-income customers.

Multifamily Programs

Eversource offers a Residential Coordinated Delivery initiative, which  includes services to single-family homes, including free-standing town homes, smaller multi-unit buildings, such as those with three stories or less, and larger multi-unit buildings, such as those with four stories or more, or with a centralized heating system. It offers energy assessments that identify all cost-effective efficiency improvement or replacement opportunities regardless of fuel source for market rate properties with four or more dwellings. Utilizing a “whole facility” approach, the assessments focus on a facility's thermal envelope (shell insulation and air leakage conditions) as well as lighting and mechanical systems. The program also assesses in-unit savings potential for tenants. Improvements that may be eligible for incentives include lighting upgrades/controls, occupancy sensors, water heating equipment, domestic hot water measures, programmable thermostats, insulation, air sealing, heating and cooling equipment upgrades/controls, ENERGY STAR appliances and other improvements as determined on a site-specific basis. Eligible measures for the program include insulation, air sealing, light fixtures, and hot water and heating equipment, as well as heating and cooling equipment, air compressors, and energy management systems.

In 2018, according to Eversource, it achieved 22,721 in energy savings, while spending $21,672,486 on its multifamily programs and served 20,271 multifamily properties.

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts offers a Multifamily Buildings program, which provides whole building retrofits and partial payment for energy efficiency measure to units. Eligible measures include insulation, heating system replacement, air sealing, showerheads, and aerators. In 2018, according Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, it achieved 0.04 MMtherms, while spending $764,990 on its multifamily programs and served 808 properties.

Last Updated: March 2020

Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

Eversource supports customer use of the Portfolio Manager platform, including assisting customers with collecting proper data and entering facility information, including the creation of ‘virtual meters’ within the tool to create whole-building data views. The City of Springfield does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities.

Last Updated: March 2020

Renewable Energy Efforts of Energy UtilitiesList All

Renewable Energy Incentives

In 2018, Eversource did not provide renewable energy incentives for the construction of new distributed solar or wind systems.

City-Led Efforts to Decarbonize the Electric Grid

At this time, we cannot confirm whether or not the city of Springfield participates in activities or strategies to help spur or encourage more utility-scale or distributed renewable energy generation from its local electric utility, such as testifying in public utility commission proceedings related to renewable energy, creating a formal partnership with the electric utility on renewable generation, or participating in utility planning efforts to increase renewable generation.

Last Updated: March 2020

Efficiency Efforts in Water ServicesList All

City-wide water efficiency and goals

The energy and water utilities do not currently offer joint energy and water efficiency programs, but Columbia Gas of Massachusetts does offer water efficiency measures in its energy efficiency programs. In 2018, water efficiency measures saved 33,227,757 annual gallons. The City of Springfield has not yet established a water savings target or goal but does offer water saving tips online.

Water plant efficiency and self-generation

The water utility has not set specific energy efficiency targets or strategies. The city’s water system does not self-generate its own energy.

Last Updated: March 2020

Transportation
Score: 8 out of 30
Sustainable Transportation Planning List All

Sustainable Transportation Plan

The Springfield Cliamte Action & Resilience Plan (2017) addressess the communities transportation needs and outlines several strategies for addressing them, such as pursuing a strong complete streets policy, introducing a bikeshare, establishing a TDM coordinator, and revisiting the city's parking requirements. 

VMT/GHG Target and Stringency

The City of Springfield does not yet have a codified VMT reduction target.

Progress Achieved Toward VMT/GHG Targets

The City of Springfield is not yet tracking community GHG or VMT levels

Last Updated: March 2020

Location Efficiency List All

Location Efficient Zoning 

Springfield's zoning code establishes several overlay districts some of wihich are oriented towards compact mixed-use development. 

Residential Parking Requirements

Most of the city has a 1 parking space or more per unit requirement depending on the use category. 

Location Efficiency Incentives and Disclosures

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

Last Updated: March 2020

Mode Shift List All

Mode Shift Target 

While the Springfield Climate Action and Resilience Plan adresses the importance of mode shift and diversifying mode share, there is no codified mode share target. 

Progress Toward Mode Shift Target

No progress has been achieved, as there are no targets in place.

Complete Streets

The city of Springfield has a complete streets policy that has received a score of 92.8 out of 100 from NCSC in their 2017 complete streets scorecard

Car Sharing

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

Bike Sharing

ValleyBike bikeshare services several communities including Northhampton, Holyoke, Springfiled, the University of Massachusetts, and South Hadley. There are 50 different stations total, 14 of which are located in Northhampton and Springfield. The program has 500 bikes.

Last Updated: March 2020

Transit List All

Transportation Funding

The transportation entities that serve the City of Springfield have received $68,939,288 on average annually between 2014 and 2018. That equates to roughly $109.12 per capita between 2014 and 2018 within the Authority's service area. 

Access to Transit Services

The Transit Connectivity Index measures transit service levels. It is based on the number of bus routes and train stations within walking distance for households scaled by frequency of service. The City of Springfield Transit Connectivity Index value is 6.9, scoring 0.5 points in the City Scorecard.

Last Updated: March 2020

Efficient VehiclesList All

Vehicle Purchase Incentives

EV purchase incentives are available to Springfield residents through Mass Energy, the Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program, and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. 

Incentives for EV Charging Stations

While there are state level incentives for the installation of ev charging infrastructure, Springfield itself does not offer any. 

EV Infrastructure

The City has 213 charging stations available for public use, equivalent to 28.592 stations per 100,000 people.

Renewable Charging Incentives

Neither the City of Springfield or any of the utilities that service it's resident are providing incentives towards the installation of EV charging infrastrucutre powered by renewables at this time. 

Last Updated: March 2020

Freight System EfficiencyList All

Springfield does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place, nor does it have any policies that address freight efficiency.

Last Updated: March 2020

Clean, Efficient Transportation for Low-Income CommunitiesList All

Affordable New TOD Housing Policy 

Springfield does not have any policies in place to address or help encourage affordable TOD housing development. 

Connecting Existing Affordable Housing Stock to Efficient Transportation Options

Neither the City of Springfield nor the transit authority that services the city's residents provide rebates or incentives that better connect low-income residents to efficient transportation options. 

Last Updated: March 2020