Grant to Support Peak Energy Reduction Efforts on Nantucket

NANTUCKET – A South Shore company is in line for state grant funding as they explore ways to reduce peak energy demands on Nantucket.

Hingham-based Genbright will receive $1.5 million to utilize thermal energy storage at residential sites in an attempt to demonstrate a non-wires alternative to a third undersea transmission line to Nantucket.

The grant is the largest of nine funding packages awarded across the state as part of an effort to reduce peak demand on electricity and gas resources.

“The transition to sustainable forms of energy is among the key issues facing Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket,” said Cape and Islands State Sen. Julian Cyr (D-Truro). “I am encouraged to see that Genbright has been awarded a grant to utilize innovative methods for peak demand reductions on Nantucket.”

The funding comes from the state Department of Energy Resources.

“Massachusetts is proud to be a national leader in energy efficiency programs that reduce overall consumption and we are committed to continuing our work to improve energy costs disproportionately affected by times of peak demands,” said Gov. Charlie Baker.

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