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3 Mass. Towns Celebrate Green Communities Grants

LEOMINSTER, Mass. (AP) — State environmental and energy officials are celebrating three Massachusetts communities that are among 17 cities and towns selected to share $2.75 million in Green Communities grants.

The grants will fund renewable-power and energy-efficiency projects. The money comes from annual compliance payments made by electricity suppliers under the state’s renewable portfolio standard and proceeds from carbon allowance auctions from a regional program to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, or the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

State Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard Sullivan Jr. and Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia will join representatives of Berlin, Leominster and Townsend to award the towns their share of the grant. The event is scheduled for Monday morning at the Leominster City Hall.

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