Are you looking for the latest energy news and updates in Massachusetts? You have come to the right place. The Energy Smarts blog provides an inside look into state energy policies, stories, and events that are happening across the Commonwealth. If you are also looking for up-to-the-minute updates, there are several state officials and agencies that are using Twitter to communicate about energy in Massachusetts. Here are my recommendations on which Twitter accounts you should follow for the latest in energy news.
Department of Energy Resources – @MassDOER
From gas prices to solar installations and appliance rebates, the Department of Energy Resources Twitter feed is the place to go for all things energy in Massachusetts.
EEA Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. – @MassEEA
Energy and Environment Affairs Secretary Sullivan actively tweets from energy-related events and highlights related news stories. A recent tweet from the Secretary: Massachusetts leads clean energy revolution again, new facility tests #wind blades 90 meters long R http://yfrog.com/h7q11brj
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center – @MassCEC
This quasi-public agency provides support for the clean energy sector and communicates the latest renewable news and updates. A recent tweet from this account: Check out this video on why MA is well positioned to take advantage of the burgeoning clean energy marketplace http://video.ft.com/v/983210935001/Massachusetts-reaps-a-wind-and-svestolar-har
Agriculture Commissioner Scott J. Soares – @AgCommishSoares
A frequent tweeter, Commissioner Soares often highlights energy policies that impact the agriculture community. My personal favorite from earlier this year: Flipping the switch on “Cow Power” in MA! Good for farms, our environment and our economy! http://www.telegram.com/article/20110519/FLASH/105199932
Department of Energy Resources – @MassGreening
State staff assisting the Massachusetts private sector with energy programs (efficiency, renewables, clean energy).
Energy Smarts blog – @maenergysmarts
This blog’s official Twitter handle, follow the feed to get information on the latest energy blog posts and other energy news from across the state.
Governor Deval Patrick – @MassGovernor
An outspoken advocate of clean energy and an active new media user, Governor Patrick’s account is the most popular on this list and is a must follow for anyone who is interested in Massachusetts policies and events.
If you are interested in connecting with other officials and agencies online, you can find a comprehensive list of Official Commonwealth of Massachusetts Social Media Accounts online.
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.