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:

lighting1

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:

lighting2

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.

{ 0 comments }

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

{ 0 comments }

Environmental Cleanup of Legacy Manufactured Gas Plant Complete

March 13, 2013

Weston & Sampson served as the environmental consultant on a complex, multi-year remediation of environmental impacts from a former Manufactured Gas Plant site. Project work included the remediation of MGP-impacted river sediment via surface water diversion and excavation of the river bottom. Approximately 30,000 tons of impacted sediment was removed for off-site treatment/disposal, and 13,000 […]

Read the full article →

EPA Releases Second Draft of NH Stormwater Permit

February 12, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency has released the second draft of the New Hampshire General Permit for Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewers (MS4s). Notice of the availability of the new NH Draft MS4 Permit was published in the Federal Register on February 12, 2013 and can be downloaded at https://federalregister.gov/a/2013-03055 As anticipated, there is […]

Read the full article →

Court Ruling on Culvert/Channel Outlets Favors MS4s

January 11, 2013

On January 8th, the Supreme Court returned a unanimous vote ruling that outlets from culverts/concrete channels are not “discharges” under the Clean Water Act.  Please see details provided by WEF below, but in short, the decision affirms that if an open waterway flows into a culvert, concrete channel, or other engineered improvement, the outlet from […]

Read the full article →

EPA Updates Rules on Disposal of PCB-Impacted Building Materials

November 16, 2012

Public and private building owners need to be aware of a recent EPA reinterpretation of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA 40 CFR 761) with regard to management of building materials that may contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The reinterpretation allows for building materials such as brick, concrete, or wood  contaminated by PCB-containing products (e.g., caulk, […]

Read the full article →

I/I Mitigation Fees: Are Sewer Banks in Trouble?

March 10, 2011

Wastewater System Infiltration and Inflow (I/I) Mitigation Fees have been in the news lately in Massachusetts.  A recent court case, Denver Street, LLC vs. Town of Saugus, determined that the Towns “I/I Reduction Contribution” was not an allowable fee but an illegal tax. The ruling required repayment of $670,460, plus 12% interest, to four (4) […]

Read the full article →

Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Environmental Risk as Driving Factors for Remediation Decision Making Process?

February 17, 2011

Several states now have requirements for certain projects to report Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.  For example, in Massachusetts, recent Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) updates include the requirement of calculating Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions for projects that prepare an Environmental Impact Report.  This extra effort involved with complying with new regulations could create extra costs […]

Read the full article →

More stringent energy-efficiency building codes – Good for the Environment, Good for the Builder?

January 17, 2011

In an article published in the Boston Globe on November 12, 2010, it was reported that the City of Boston is proposing more stringent energy-efficiency building codes for new buildings in Boston.  These new codes would result in a 20% reduction in energy use compared with buildings adhering to the existing building codes.  These new […]

Read the full article →