Distributor and Manufacturer Partners

We are pleased to announce that the Massachusetts PA’s Upstream Lighting program is again supporting an initiative to make a number of high-efficiency, energy-saving lamps available at zero cost to all State Agencies, Authorities, Public Higher Education Institutions, Municipalities and Municipal Properties.

Authorized/Participating Distributors:
The following distributors are authorized under contract FAC76 – the Commonwealth’s Statewide Contract for Maintenance, Repair & Operations (MRO) Products for this promotion

  •  Electrical Wholesalers, Inc.
  •  Granite City Electric Supply
  •  Graybar
  •  Northeast Electrical Distributors
  •  Standard Electric

Initiative Schedule:

  1.  Initiative Launch – August 3rd
  2.  Distributor Outreach, Inventory Data Collection, and Order Submittal – Completed by September 30th
  3. Order Fulfillment & Shipment – Completed by October 30th. There will be no extensions.
  4.  Product Install – Completed by December 4th

Eligibility Requirements for the 2015 High Efficiency Lighting Initiative:

  1. The facilities where the product will be installed must be electric customers of one of the following PAs: Cape Light Compact, Eversource, Unitil or National Grid in Massachusetts. Customers of other electric systems are not eligible.
  2. Customers must complete an LED Lighting application form ( to be issued to customers and distributors after Charles Tuttle has received the manufacturer sku lists requested below) and include detailed information about the number and location of bulbs requested, along with the wattage of bulbs being replaced.
  3.  Orders must be submitted to DOER by September 30, 2015 via email to Charles.tuttle@state.ma.us. Ecova should be on copied on this e-mail as well (demigh@ecova.com and smcdowell@ecova.com)
  4. There is no limit to the number of lamps that facilities may order. However, there is no allowance of stockpiling for future use.
  5. All lamps must be installed in a public facility/location.
  6. All installs must be completed no later than December 4, 2015.
  7. All installs should be to replace existing, in-use lamps in public ways and public spaces.
  8. All installs are subject to 100% inspection.
  9. The intention of this Upstream promotion is to capture energy saving lamp replacement opportunities wherein lamps can be delivered to, and installed by the end customer. This promotion is not/was not intended to impact larger, comprehensive, lighting retrofit projects where lamps, ballasts, fixtures and controls are installed as an energy savings package by a Municipal vendor. This promotion is not retroactive and cannot be applied to any project wherein a retrofit application has already been received by the PA.
  10. All orders >100pcs in Cape Light Compact and Unitil territory must receive pre-approval prior to shipment to that facility. These orders should be directed to Ecova (demigh@ecova.com and smcdowell@ecova.com) to share with the appropriate PA.

Customer Education and Communication:
Please be sure to communicate with your customers that they assume responsibility for the following elements:

  •  Determining appropriate lamp and fixture types and counts for their order, including the compatibility of prospective equipment with existing equipment such as existing ballasts
  • · Completing and submitting their order to DOER
  •  Installation of the ordered equipment
  •  Proper recycling of any replaced lighting equipment

Lamp Category & Incentive Details:


Upload Requirements:

Prior to the initiative, all manufacturer SKU information must be provided to Charlie Tuttle and Ecova (demigh@ecova.com and smcdowell@ecova.com) in the following format:


All data captured in this promotion shall be submitted to Ecova in a separate monthly upload. Any DOER promotion data included with the standard monthly upload will be rejected and a resubmittal will be required.


We hope you take advantage of this opportunity. If Weston & Sampson can assist you with any other energy efficiency concerns, please contact Johanna Hall or Steve Wiehe.


2013 ENR Top 500 coverEngineering News Record recently interviewed Bob Goober, PE, Weston & Sampson’s Director of Business Development, for his insight on the state of municipal public works departments and projects. Bob’s comments were incorporated into ENR’s 2013 issue on the Top 500 Design Firms (issue #82, April 29, 2013).  A summary of his main observations are:

“Municipal clients are continuing to focus on smart resource management,” explained Bob. “In the context of ‘nice to have’ and ‘need to have,’ municipal clients continue to manage capital efficiently to ensure need-to-have issues are addressed. They are managing funds closely to keep equipment and facilities up and running, prioritizing repairs, and making sure vital infrastructure is maintained and regulatory requirements are met.”

“For cities and towns that can no longer put off repairs and improvements and are facing urgent needs to modernize their infrastructure, particularly public buildings, heightened awareness about aging infrastructure has resulted in local, grass-roots public-sector investment to rehabilitate or replace publicly owned utilities and facilities. Owners are also seeking architects and engineers that can assist with outreach programs to funding authorities, and owners need the contractors and architects to be in sync regarding cost estimating and cost control.”

In addition to the information in the article, Bob notes that more and more municipalities are developing Infrastructure Asset Management (IAM) programs to help with project planning. IAMs compile data and make easier the task of evaluating equipment and systems; prioritizing maintenance, repair, and replacement work; and planning ahead for capital investment funding opportunities.

Bob can be reached by e-mail at gooberr@wseinc.com


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