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Monthly Archives: September 2013

Brainstorming Clean Energy Solutions in Communities Posted on Sep 26

Brainstorming Clean Energy Solutions in Communities

Last month, the community of Northampton held its first Clean Energy Community Strategy meeting, a “101” meeting of sorts to introduce Northampton residents to the Clean Energy Strategy Program (CESP) developed by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center in collaboration with DOER’s Green Communities Division. CESP   …Continue Reading Brainstorming Clean Energy Solutions in Communities

Massachusetts Households Use 22% More Energy Than U.S. Average Posted on Sep 24

Massachusetts Households Use 22% More Energy Than U.S. Average

Your own heating bills may give you a clue that Massachusetts total household energy costs are above the U.S. average. The data indicates that the average household in Massachusetts spends $2,500 for energy each year. But, the hope is that our costs may drop closer   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Households Use 22% More Energy Than U.S. Average

A Refrigerator-Worthy Report Card Posted on Sep 20

A Refrigerator-Worthy Report Card

At an event Tuesday at the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems, Gov. Patrick announced that the Commonwealth’s clean energy sector grew by 11.8 percent last year.

SAPHIRE Pilots Geothermal Posted on Sep 10

SAPHIRE Pilots Geothermal

Ground source heat pumps, or GHPs, harness the constant temperature beneath the earth’s crust (about 50-60° F) to sustainably heat and cool homes and buildings. Depending on the season, heat is transferred into or out of the ground via underground piping that carries refrigerant. Heat   …Continue Reading SAPHIRE Pilots Geothermal

Dovetailing Energy and Environment Posted on Sep 3

Dovetailing Energy and Environment

Can noise from a nearby wind farm make you sick? Can clean energy slow climate change? Energy and environmental concerns have always been difficult to separate. In 2007, Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to recognize the interdependence of energy and environment when the Patrick   …Continue Reading Dovetailing Energy and Environment