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.
Solarize Mass – Big Scale Impact for Small Scale Solar posted on Aug 20
The results of the Solarize Mass 2013-2014 two rounds managed to surpass numbers from the previous two years. Close to 1,500 contracts were signed and a total of nearly 10 megawatts of solar installed. During 2013’s first round, ten communities participated, and for the second round that ended this past June, another fifteen communities were chosen.
Carbon Neutral? A Closer Look at University Claims posted on Aug 14
The five UMass university campuses have made enormous progress towards carbon neutrality. In particular, UMass Amherst has demonstrated impressive environmental leadership and received an Energy and Environmental Affairs’ Leading by Example award for achieving a 26 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions three years ahead of its 2012 goal.
Door-to-Door Campaign Reaps Energy Efficiency Gains posted on Aug 1
Greenfield sent program specialists from Energy Smart Homes door-to-door to answer questions, explain the energy auditing process, and plan retrofit projects. So far, home energy assessments in Greenfield have taken place at four times the statewide rate.