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Making “Cents” of Incentives

December 8, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Making “Cents” of Incentives: Using Revamped MassSave Incentives and IRA Tax Credits to Meet Ambitious Climate Goals 

Are you unsure about how Inflation Reduction Act renewable, electrification, and efficiency tax credits will impact your community’s building and renovation projects? Do you have the feeling that Mass Save offerings have evolved but haven’t heard about their new incentives and heat pump adders? Then this is the workshop for you. Discover the details and then learn how the Town of Lexington is actively layering them to build two Net Zero schools, among the first in Massachusetts. And learn how utilities are upgrading the grid to meet projected demand.


12:00 PM: Introduction by Meredith Elbaum, BE+ and Lisa Cunningham ZeroCarbonMA

12:05 PM: Mass Save Commercial New Construction (Path One) Net Zero/Low EUI Incentive – Kim Cullinane, Eversource

12:10 PM: Mass Save Commercial Deep Energy Retrofit Incentive – Jim Piermarini, Eversource

12: 15 PM: Mass Save Multifamily New Construction Passive House incentive and All Electric New Home Incentive – Luke McKneally, ICF

12:20 PM: How Mass Save can stack with the IRA provisions – Jerome Garciano, Attorney at Polcinelli

12: 30 PM: Lexington’s Two Net Zero Schools – Mark Sandeen, Lexington Select Board member

12:40 PM: How utilities are upgrading the grid - Jacob Lucas, Eversource

12: 50 PM   Thank you to everyone – Meredith Elbaum, BE+

12:55 – 1:30 PM: Questions and Discussion


Massachusetts Clean Energy Center


Kim Cullinane has worked in the green building industry as a champion for sustainable buildings since 2002. She Supervises Eversource’s tri-state residential and commercial new construction energy efficiency team and co-chairs the Mass Save New Construction Subcommittee where she advances Mass Save policies and program support for low EUI buildings. Kim works daily with Eversource customers, developers, architects, and engineers to provide technical assistance and incentives for highly energy-efficient building design and construction across Eversource’s tri-state service territories.

Jim Piermarini has been committed to advancing energy efficiency and sustainability efforts in both Large Commercial & Industrial and Residential programs in the Northeast for over a decade. He is currently Supervisor of Energy Efficiency Strategic Initiatives for Eversource in MA and NH, focusing on program improvements and go-to-market strategies for the Large C&I efficiency team. Jim also chairs the Energy Committee in his hometown of Williamsburg, MA as well as sits on the Mass Save Weatherization Sub-Committee.

Luke McKneally is a registered Architect, certified Passive House consultant, and senior account manager at ICF – the lead vendor for Mass Save’s Residential New Construction incentives. He and the high-rise team support developers across Massachusetts through the Mass Save standard and high-performance multifamily offerings.

Jerome Garciano is an attorney in the firm’s Tax credit Finance Practice Group in the Real Estate and Financial Services Department. Jerome’s practice focuses on state and federal tax financing incentives affecting the built environment. Mr. Garciano provides tax and finance support for developers, lenders, syndicators, investors, nonprofit sponsors, and government agencies in renewable energy and real estate developments using the Historic, New Markets, Renewable Energy, and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. He is a LEED-accredited professional and has advised clients on utilizing energy efficiency and renewable energy tax incentives. He also works on tax policy initiatives promoting green energy and real estate development. He is also a certified public accountant and has worked as a finance associate at a national nonprofit organization and a financial services firm. Jerome’s sustainability practice focuses on the building and development of sustainable projects, including energy efficiency, renewable and alternative energy, green building, smart growth, water resources, and preservation of natural resources.

Mark Sandeen is a Lexington Select Board member and former chair of the Sustainable Lexington Committee, which won Massachusetts’ Leading by Example award. He was also co-chair of Lexington’s Getting to Net Zero Emissions task force. He led Lexington’s development of a sustainable building policy, enabling Lexington’s two newest schools to be among the first net zero energy schools in the state. Once their solar energy systems installations are interconnected, Lexington’s solar energy systems will generate 64% of Lexington’s municipal electricity. Mark is a frequent speaker on sustainability, solar energy, energy storage, & net zero buildings and is the author of the “All Things Sustainable” column in the Lexington Times Magazine.

Jacob Lucas is the Director of Transmission System Planning at Eversource. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master’s degree in Power Systems from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The Transmission System Planning department at Eversource proudly serves as a catalyst for clean energy, decarbonization, and grid modernization. The team is innovating with some of the region’s most cutting-edge projects as well as supporting the development of Eversource’s offshore wind projects. In addition to his time at Eversource, Jacob worked at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C.

Background photo by micheile on Unsplash


December 8, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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