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Category Archives: Farm-based Energy

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

Anaerobic Digestion: Turning Waste into Renewable Energy Posted on Jul 9

Anaerobic Digestion: Turning Waste into Renewable Energy

Since 2008, Massachusetts has made enormous strides in the field of renewable energy. While you are probably familiar with solar panels and wind turbines, there are many more options that are friendlier to the environment than fossil fuels. With the ability to turn organic waste   …Continue Reading Anaerobic Digestion: Turning Waste into Renewable Energy

Agriculture — A Canary in the Coal Mine for Climate Change Posted on Apr 5

Agriculture — A Canary in the Coal Mine for Climate Change

The agricultural sector accounts for fourteen percent — or as much as twenty-five percent if you include agriculture-driven deforestation — of global greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, agriculture may be one of the greatest tools we have for mitigating climate change, and Massachusetts can lead that charge.

Massachusetts Oysters Go Solar Posted on Mar 27

Massachusetts Oysters Go Solar

As aquaculture continues to expand here in the Commonwealth, aquaculturalists using traditional land-tied technology have often found themselves competing for space with other commercial and recreational uses of littoral waters. This new and improved FLUPSY, now free from a shore-based energy source, allows siting of shellfish nurseries in more remote, less controversial areas.

Moove over, Fossil Fuels! Posted on Sep 14

Moove over, Fossil Fuels!

Lisa Capone Deputy Director – Green Communities Division Department of Energy Resources View Lisa’s Complete Bio   The clean energy future looks (and sounds) like this: red barns atop a hillside rippling with ripening corn, workers in dusty boots and jeans, and the bellow of   …Continue Reading Moove over, Fossil Fuels!

Video of the Week Posted on Apr 18

Video of the Week

Madeleine BarrMultimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)View Madeleine's Bio Today we are starting a new Video of the Week series in which we highlight a clean energy video from the Commonwealth. With so many great clean energy stories happening across the   …Continue Reading Video of the Week

Infographic: Clean Energy in Massachusetts Posted on Mar 13

Infographic: Clean Energy in Massachusetts

Dan Burgess Clean Energy Fellow, Department of Energy Resources View Dan's Complete Bio You can download the text of this infographic here.

How to make the most of farm energy projects Posted on Feb 1

How to make the most of farm energy projects

Gerry Palano Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency Coordinator, Department of Agricultural Resources View Gerry's Complete Bio If you have been following this blog, you are already aware that the Patrick-Murray Administration has set ambitious renewable energy and efficiency goals for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  If you are   …Continue Reading How to make the most of farm energy projects

A year in review…the clean energy revolution continues Posted on Jan 25

A year in review…the clean energy revolution continues

Mark Sylvia Commissioner, Department of Energy Resources (DOER) View Mark's Bio This week, President Obama and Governor Patrick both confirmed their visions for our clean energy future. In the State of the Union speech, the President talked about the “promise of clean energy,” and said   …Continue Reading A year in review…the clean energy revolution continues

Keep current with clean energy newsletters Posted on Oct 4

Keep current with clean energy newsletters

Dan Burgess Clean Energy Fellow, Department of Energy Resources View Dan's Complete Bio Previously on this blog, I shared Twitter accounts you can follow to get up-to-the-minute information on clean energy in Massachusetts. In this post, I’m going to fill you in on which state   …Continue Reading Keep current with clean energy newsletters