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 important ones, told with numbers.
NATIONAL RANKING (#1): In 2013, Massachusetts was named the most energy efficient state for the third year in a row by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
GREEN COMMUNITIES (123): With the addition of 13 new Green Communities, 48 percent of the state’s population now lives in a city or town committed to five clean energy leadership criteria.
SOLAR (425 total megawatts installed; 205 in 2013): Solar power capacity has grown 118-fold since 2007, with solar installed by businesses, homes and institutions in 348 of 351 cities and towns.
CLEAN ENERGY JOBS: Nearly 80,000 workers are employed by more than 5500 clean energy firms, as the industry grew by 11.8 percent between June 2012 and June 2013, marking the second year of double digit growth.
MASS SAVE® ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS (314,000 homes): From 2010-2012, statewide incentives and technical assistance helped save 314,000 homes worth of annual electricity usage and the greenhouse gas emissions from the equivalent of 290,000 cars.
In the next year, together we’ll add even more to the numbers. Keep your eye on the Department of Energy Resources for advances in electric cars, trucks, school buses and charging stations. Watch for more grants for renewable heating and cooling systems. Stay tuned for the launch of residential solar financing and opportunities to make our infrastructure better able to minimize impacts from severe climate events.
Banking on Residential Solar Power posted on Sep 16
“It’s a house, it’s a car, it’s a … solar panel?” In the coming months, the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is hoping a new residential solar loan program will spark that question and interest in renewable power at local lending institutions across the Commonwealth. …Continue Reading Banking on Residential Solar Power
Building Efficiency Gurus Exchange Ideas on Just About Everything posted on Sep 5
The American Council for Energy Efficient-Economy (ACEEE) selected me to present a paper on the Commonwealth’s Green Communities Program at ACEEE’s Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. It felt like going to college – the seniors all knew each other, while the freshmen were …Continue Reading Building Efficiency Gurus Exchange Ideas on Just About Everything
Comparing Homes – Energy-Saving Enters the Equation posted on Aug 28
Until recently, there was no way to easily figure energy efficiency into a home buying decision. Enter HomeMPG, a Massachusetts energy-saving initiative to pilot an energy performance score (EPS) in residential homes. This “asset” rating that’s analogous to a car’s MPG rating. Behavior is taken out of the equation so that any home’s energy use can be compared to any other home, allowing for an apples-to-apples comparison.