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Category Archives: Renewables

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

SAPHIRE Pilots Geothermal Posted on Sep 10

SAPHIRE Pilots Geothermal

Ground source heat pumps, or GHPs, harness the constant temperature beneath the earth’s crust (about 50-60° F) to sustainably heat and cool homes and buildings. Depending on the season, heat is transferred into or out of the ground via underground piping that carries refrigerant. Heat   …Continue Reading SAPHIRE Pilots Geothermal

Dovetailing Energy and Environment Posted on Sep 3

Dovetailing Energy and Environment

Can noise from a nearby wind farm make you sick? Can clean energy slow climate change? Energy and environmental concerns have always been difficult to separate. In 2007, Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to recognize the interdependence of energy and environment when the Patrick   …Continue Reading Dovetailing Energy and Environment

Energy & Environmental Leadership Puts U.S. Dept. of Education Spotlight on Massachusetts Schools Posted on Aug 15

Energy & Environmental Leadership Puts U.S. Dept. of Education Spotlight on Massachusetts Schools

A year ago, a group of state and federal agency employees and private sector “green” education advocates gathered at DOER to plan Massachusetts’ first year in the U.S. Department of Education’s (US-ED) Green Ribbon Schools award recognition program. While we weren’t sure what to expect,   …Continue Reading Energy & Environmental Leadership Puts U.S. Dept. of Education Spotlight on Massachusetts Schools

Water-Smart Energy Posted on Aug 9

Water-Smart Energy

America has an energy problem. Many aging U.S. power plants are nearing the end of their operational lives. Following decades of reliance on fossil fuels, where do states turn next for their electric power – an issue magnified by the looming threat of global climate   …Continue Reading Water-Smart Energy

Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition – Local Steps Toward Nationwide Success Posted on Aug 6

Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition – Local Steps Toward Nationwide Success

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Clean Cities program didn’t get any china or platinum for its 20th anniversary this year. Instead the program’s anniversary gift is pride; pride in the fact that over two decades, nationwide efforts have saved more than 5 billion gallons   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition – Local Steps Toward Nationwide Success