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Governor Baker Signs Comprehensive Energy Diversity Legislation

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Today, in a continued effort to stabilize electric rates, ensure a diversified energy portfolio for the Commonwealth, and embrace advanced technologies, Governor Charlie Baker signed comprehensive energy diversity legislation into law at the State House with Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, legislative leaders, and energy and   …Continue Reading Governor Baker Signs Comprehensive Energy Diversity Legislation


Daylighting: The Bright Way to Save

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Have you ever noticed that lighting can change your mood, depending on whether it’s natural or artificial? Going beyond occupancy sensors, the right lighting mix can also reduce energy consumption and save homeowners and commercial building operators’ money by using natural light with coordinated design.   …Continue Reading Daylighting: The Bright Way to Save


CoFFEE Funds Sustain Greenfield Community College

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Greenfield Community College (GCC) is the first Commonwealth facility to complete an energy efficiency project through the Commonwealth Facility Fund for Energy Efficiency (CoFFEE), a self-sustaining revolving loan program for state facilities. Through a partnership between the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM)   …Continue Reading CoFFEE Funds Sustain Greenfield Community College


Public Entities Recognized for Leading by Example

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Secretary Beaton, Commissioner Judson, and LBE Director Friedman present 2015 LBE Awards

Every fall, the Commonwealth holds the annual Leading by Example (LBE) Award ceremony at the State House. And every year, there is a surplus of impressive energy and sustainability achievements to celebrate. This year’s 8 winners, from state agencies, public higher education, and municipalities were   …Continue Reading Public Entities Recognized for Leading by Example


Advancing Zero Net Energy Buildings

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When I started an internship this summer with the Leading by Example program at the Department of Energy Resources (DOER), I knew that I would be working on projects related to energy efficient and sustainable buildings.   While I was familiar with LEED certification, I didn’t   …Continue Reading Advancing Zero Net Energy Buildings


Women Shaping the Agenda in Energy and the Environment

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I joined the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) as an intern in the Renewable Energy Division at the start of the summer. As a recent graduate, one of my main internship goals has been not only to learn about the energy industry and policy, but   …Continue Reading Women Shaping the Agenda in Energy and the Environment


Getting Started and Gaining Insight into Energy Storage

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I joined the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) team a few months ago and, as you might imagine, have been introduced to a mountain of new information. Before I joined DOER, I had a very general understanding of what the department actually did for the   …Continue Reading Getting Started and Gaining Insight into Energy Storage


Leading By Example Earns EPA Award

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EPA New England Deputy Regional Administrator, Deb Szaro, DOER Leading by Example Program Sustainability Project Coordinator, Trey Gowdy, DOER Green Communities Division Acting Director, Lisa Capone, and EPA New England Regional Administrator, Curt Spalding at the 2015 EPA New England Environmental Awards ceremony

This spring, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s New England Office chose this historic hall to recognize bold action and innovation of a different kind. It recognized Massachusetts state government’s Leading by Example (LBE) program during a 2015 Earth Day event at Faneuil Hall, awarding LBE a 2015 Environmental Merit Award in the governmental category.


“L-E-D”ing by Example – Illuminating Energy Efficiency on Earth Day

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Streetlight retrofit

On what was a beautifully sunny Earth Day, a crowd gathered at Lynn Heritage State Park to watch local electrical contractor, Coviello Electric, install a shoebox LED lighting fixture, the last of 30 at the site to make the transition to LEDs. The conversion took just five minutes and, once complete, the crowd cheered as the new LED light was switched on for the first time – a symbolic act that highlighted the two phased Department of Conservation and Recreation project to retrofit approximately 4,500 outdoor lighting fixtures.


HVAC Challenges? How Arlington Gets Answers

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I wanted to understand, day or night, on site or off, if my heating and cooling systems were operating efficiently. While not at the same scale as software giant, Microsoft, Arlington is utilizing the same fault detection and diagnostics software program, to analyze operations and upgrade HVAC efficiency.