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The Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Revolution Has Begun Posted on Mar 4

The Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Revolution Has Begun

The goals set out by the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) are very aggressive: reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. Easy to say, but more complicated to do. Since the Commonwealth’s transportation sector accounts   …Continue Reading The Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Revolution Has Begun

Your Turn to Shine: Energy & Environmental Education Awards Posted on Jan 23

Your Turn to Shine: Energy & Environmental Education Awards

Some food for thought: “Preparing our children to be good environmental citizens is some of the most important work any of us can do . . . and (can) quite literally sustain our world.” – U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. From a voice a little closer   …Continue Reading Your Turn to Shine: Energy & Environmental Education Awards

2013: Massachusetts Has Great Numbers Posted on Jan 8

2013: Massachusetts Has Great Numbers

The onset of the New Year allows us to mark a moment in time, reflect on the advances of 2013 and preview what’s to come in 2014. Seven years into the Patrick Administration, we have many great clean energy stories to tell. Here are some   …Continue Reading 2013: Massachusetts Has Great Numbers

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

Biogas Addresses Massachusetts Corner of Global Food Waste Problem Posted on Nov 19

Biogas Addresses Massachusetts Corner of Global Food Waste Problem

A recent UN report estimates that a third of all food produced worldwide, an estimated 1.3 billion metric tons, is wasted every year – not including the water, fertilizer, and other resources required to produce, store, transport, and, ultimately, dispose of it. In industrialized countries,   …Continue Reading Biogas Addresses Massachusetts Corner of Global Food Waste Problem

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

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

Community Shared Solar 101 Posted on Oct 21

Community Shared Solar 101

Solar photovoltaic (PV) technology, which converts sunlight directly into electricity, is a priority for Massachusetts’ clean energy efforts. The environmental and economic benefits of solar energy are myriad: energy production from panels does not produce greenhouse gas emissions or other pollutants sun represents a free,   …Continue Reading Community Shared Solar 101