The Berkshire Gas Company (“Berkshire” or the “Company”), in consultation with the
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (“DOER”), is making available grant funds
(“Settlement Funds”) in the aggregate amount of one million dollars ($1,000,000). The Settlement
Funds will be allocated for jobs, economic development, or alternative heating programs for
municipal owned buildings, low-income and moderate-income residential consumers, or
residences or businesses impacted by the Berkshire moratorium on new or expanded gas service
interconnections, as determined by DOER.

The focus of the grant funding shall be on alternative
heating programs for municipalities, businesses and non-profit or economic development agencies
that utilize alternative heating technologies, as further described herein. The DOER shall review
all grant applications for completeness and eligibility in consultation with the Company and may,
at its sole discretion, award grants to applicants (“Applicant”) of eligible projects (“Project”) in
Berkshire’s Eastern Division (as defined below). Berkshire shall assist with publication of this
request for proposals (“RFP”), be responsible for, and make the actual grant payments to Projects
that receive grants as directed by the DOER. Projects that are awarded a grant will execute
documentation with DOER, as DOER shall have the responsibility to monitor such Projects,
determine eligibility for payment and the completion of required deliverables and the Company
shall be responsible for paying the grants, as directed by DOER. The Settlement Funds for this
grant program shall be provided by Berkshire pursuant to the Settlement Agreement.

Eligible Entities
The following entities shall be eligible for grants awarded pursuant to this RFP: (i) businesses;
(ii) municipalities and other local government entities such as regional public safety or school
districts; (iii) economic development agencies; and (iv) other non-profit agencies that provide
services to low and moderate income residents (collectively, the “Applicants”).

Eligible Projects
An Applicant must submit a proposal for Project(s) located in the eight Eastern Division
communities of the Company’s service territory and explain how it was affected by the Company’s
gas moratorium. The Eastern Division of the Company’s service territory consists of the following
municipalities: Amherst, Deerfield, Greenfield, Hadley, Hatfield, Montague, Sunderland, and
Whately (collectively, the “Eastern Division”). Grants shall be awarded to support Projects that
promote or use alternative heating programs. DOER has determined that eligible alternative
heating programs must utilize one or more of the following alternative heating technologies:

  • biomass heating systems (excluding biomass stoves);
  • air source and ground source heat pumps;
  • solar thermal;
  • anaerobic digesters; or
  • deep geothermal.

Project Categories
For the purposes of this RFP, eligible Projects must satisfy one of the following requirements:

1) Jobs and Economic Development – Projects shall support job retention or job creation by
allowing for the use of alternative heating technologies for:

  1. new construction:
  2. the expansion of facilities; or
  3. the replacement of inefficient building heating systems.

2) Municipal Owned Buildings – Projects include local government facilities such as those
owned by regional school or public safety districts. Projects shall provide for the
installation of alternative heating technologies for:

  1. i. new construction;
  2. the expansion of facilities; or
  3. the replacement of inefficient building heating systems.

3) Low and Moderate Income Residential Customers – Projects must provide support to low
and moderate income populations through programs that utilize alternative heating
technologies to:

  1. replace residential heating systems;
  2. allow for the construction of new residential units; ort
  3. hat provides secondary heating for residential units.

Application Procedures
To apply for a grant, applicants must submit a completed application (Appendix A) along with
Data Requirements (Appendix B) in a PDF file format to:

David Lutes
Renewable Energy Program Coordinator
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 1020
Boston, MA 02114
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With a copy to:
Christopher C. Farrell, Manager,
Corporate Communications and Government Relations
The Berkshire Gas Company
115 Cheshire Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201-1879
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Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis (“first come, first serve”) until all Settlement
Funds have been expended. DOER anticipates completing the award of funds by March 1,
2019. Applicants whose Projects provide a cost share component and which may include funds
from other governmental or non-governmental entities will be given preference. Grant moneys
shall not be used to pay for feasibility studies, decommissioning, removal of old systems, or
costs for compliance. The application and data submission requirements detailed in Appendices
A and B should be filled out with as much detail as possible when submitting an application.

Neither DOER nor Berkshire makes any promise or representation as to the availability of
Settlement Funds for any Applicant or the suitability or eligibility of any Project. Neither the
DOER nor Berkshire makes any representation, warranty or promise as to the appropriateness,
quality, suitability, or efficacy of any eligible technology or its suitability or effectiveness for use
or installation in Applicants’ premises or facilities. DOER and Berkshire reserve the right to
provide grant funding for all or any portion of a project submitted in connection with this RFP.

Questions concerning the RFP should be directed to: David Lutes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;

Applicants Responsibilities

A selected applicant will be responsible for:

  • Completing the Project according to a timeline specified in the bid and grant
    documentation. No Settlement Funds will be disbursed to a successful Applicant
    until such Applicant certifies to the DOER that its eligible Project is complete and
    operational or has met other milestones as agreed to in its grant documentation. A
    Project awarded a grant must be completed within 18 months from the date of
  • Allowing representatives from the DOER and Berkshire access to the Project site or sites
    upon reasonable request including in order to confirm completion of all eligible
    deliverables associated with the Project.
  • Promptly informing the DOER of any changes to the Project scope or timeline.
    • Filing quarterly progress reports with the DOER.
  • Such other deliverables and responsibilities as shall be provided in any grant
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