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Baker-Polito Administration Announces Milestone for Energy Efficient State Buildings

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Over 50 State Owned Buildings Earn LEED Certification LOWELL – September 15, 2016 –The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that over 50 state owned buildings have received a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification recognizing advanced energy and environmental design. Currently 55 state buildings, totaling   …Continue Reading Baker-Polito Administration Announces Milestone for Energy Efficient State Buildings


Baker-Polito Administration Awards Municipal Energy Technical Assistance Grants to 75 Communities

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Grants Allow Municipalities and Water and School Districts to Advance Clean Energy Goals BOSTON – September 12, 2016 – The Baker-Polito Administration today awarded $518,645 in grants to 75 cities and towns across the Commonwealth to develop clean energy projects. The Department of Energy Resource’s   …Continue Reading Baker-Polito Administration Awards Municipal Energy Technical Assistance Grants to 75 Communities


Baker-Polito Administration Announces Record Energy Savings for Electric and Gas Ratepayers

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2013-2015 Three-Year Energy Savings Plan Exceeded Goals BOSTON – August 25, 2016 – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced Massachusetts’ Energy Efficiency Program Administrators set an annual record for energy savings in 2015 and exceeded the energy savings benchmarks set by the 2013-2015 Three-Year Energy Efficiency Plan    …Continue Reading Baker-Polito Administration Announces Record Energy Savings for Electric and Gas Ratepayers


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