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Toward Zero Net Energy Posted on Apr 10

Toward Zero Net Energy

In late February I had the opportunity to attend the Toward Zero Net Energy (TZNE) Retrofit Program “Charrette” ‒ a collaborative session in which a group of designers drafts a solution to a design problem ‒ at Holyoke Community College (HCC). The purpose of this charrette   …Continue Reading Toward Zero Net Energy

Energy Treatment for Weather Battered Hospitals Posted on Mar 21

Energy Treatment for Weather Battered Hospitals

Hospital executives across the Commonwealth are increasingly looking at sustainable and resilient energy solutions, such as combined heat and power (CHP) – also called cogeneration systems – to ensure that their facilities remain operating during power outages.

Images from Massachusetts Clean Energy Day Posted on Mar 14

Images from Massachusetts Clean Energy Day

In mid-March, Massachusetts legislators and experts in renewable energy gathered at the State House Grand Staircase for the New England Clean Energy Center’s third annual Massachusetts Clean Energy Day. The event celebrates the clean energy sector’s size and strength in the Commonwealth and the public   …Continue Reading Images from Massachusetts Clean Energy Day

New Solarize Mass Communities To Grow PV Installations Posted on Dec 13

New Solarize Mass Communities To Grow PV Installations

At a press conference in early December at Atkins Farms in Amherst, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan announced the fifteen communities that will participate in the second round of the 2013 Solarize Massachusetts program (Solarize Mass®). The program’s administrators, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center   …Continue Reading New Solarize Mass Communities To Grow PV Installations

Four Municipalities, Two Universities, Two State Agencies & Two Individuals Posted on Nov 15

Four Municipalities, Two Universities, Two State Agencies & Two Individuals

If you want to hear good news about energy in Massachusetts, let me introduce you to two state agencies, two colleges, four municipalities, and two extraordinary individuals. At a late October State House ceremony, the Patrick Administration presented awards to various public entities and individuals   …Continue Reading Four Municipalities, Two Universities, Two State Agencies & Two Individuals

Waste Water Energy Recovery – Heating & Cooling Outside-the-Box Posted on Nov 12

Waste Water Energy Recovery – Heating & Cooling Outside-the-Box

It’s an exciting time for renewable and alternative energy. As demand grows, scientists, engineers, politicians, and others are looking beyond the staple renewable energy sources of solar and wind to other, potentially valuable sources of energy. One of these new energy sources is Waste Water   …Continue Reading Waste Water Energy Recovery – Heating & Cooling Outside-the-Box

No More Leaking Steam or Millions in Energy Costs Posted on Nov 7

No More Leaking Steam or Millions in Energy Costs

Imagine paying more than $2.5 million for energy and seeing steam leaking from underground and having to wait two days to control your bedroom temperatures even as the outdoor temperatures run hot and cold. That’s what the Hogan Regional Center, a residential facility for developmentally   …Continue Reading No More Leaking Steam or Millions in Energy Costs

Energy Use Metering Program for State Buildings Wins Project of the Year Posted on Nov 5

Energy Use Metering Program for State Buildings Wins Project of the Year

The Enterprise Energy Management System (EEMS) – a real-time metering program installed across 25 million square feet of state owned buildings, managed by DOER’s Leading by Example Program’s (LBE) – was awarded the Regional Project of the Year by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)   …Continue Reading Energy Use Metering Program for State Buildings Wins Project of the Year

Cranberry Bogs Lead Farms on an Energy Diet Posted on Oct 31

Cranberry Bogs Lead Farms on an Energy Diet

With a backdrop of bright fall sunshine streaming down upon acres and acres of ripened and ready to harvest cranberries, Bill and Nancy Couto’s Cranberry Farm in East Taunton provided the perfect setting to announce the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture Divisions’ (MDAR) FY2014 Agricultural Energy   …Continue Reading Cranberry Bogs Lead Farms on an Energy Diet

Building Asset Rating Pilot – How Does Your Building Really Perform? Posted on Oct 28

Building Asset Rating Pilot – How Does Your Building Really Perform?

Imagine you own an office building. You have a great team managing the property and are always looking for smart investments to improve performance and decrease operating costs. In terms of energy management, you benchmark the building’s energy consumption through the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Portfolio   …Continue Reading Building Asset Rating Pilot – How Does Your Building Really Perform?