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April 28, 2010

State to give consumers another bite at appliance exchange

Even though the "Mass Save Great Appliance Exchange" ran out of $5.5 million in rebate reservations in a matter of hours on April 22, the state plans to give consumers another chance at savings this summer, according to a statement from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

The rebates are aimed at getting energy-consuming appliances out of service and more energy-efficient ones into the hands of consumers.

Those who managed to get on the wait list for rebates last week will also see their rebate reservations filled, the state said.

Under the program, consumers had to get a reservation on a first-come, first-served basis before they could get a rebate on a dishwasher, clothes washer, refrigerator or freezer. Residents then snatched up 26,556 rebate reservations within two hours of the program's launch at 10 a.m., despite snags with the program's website and phone lines. The state also plans to fund all 12,731 wait-listed reservations.

"We are going to do a second round of energy appliance rebates in the summer," said Lisa Capone, a spokeswoman for the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Details have yet to be announced, Capone said.

The rebates of $50 to $250 were paid for by federal stimulus money. The wait list and further rebates this summer will be paid for with proceeds from the auction of carbon allowances under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Utility company funds for energy efficiency will also pay for the rebates, the state says.

Also, consumers who made either normal or wait-list reservations have until May 12 to make a purchase and have their old appliances picked up for recycling. All paperwork must be submitted by June 26.

Danvers reaches out to Osram to brighten Dunn wing of DHS

A massive, nearly $80 million school building project means Danvers will have to convert the Dunn wing of Danvers High into a high school for the next two school years.

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