As commissioner of the Department of Energy Resources, I am in the thick of the issues that will be discussed in this space. With Governor Patrick’s ambitious clean energy goals setting a quick pace, my staff and I are implementing an exciting array of programs designed to help Massachusetts households and businesses make the switch from energy business as usual to a bright, new clean energy future.
I’m happy to say that Massachusetts is already leading the way on many fronts. To name just a few, we recently put in place the strongest energy efficiency program, on a per capita basis, of any state in the country; began construction on a national wind energy technology testing center that will make Massachusetts a hub for wind power development; and invested federal stimulus funds in a series of pilot projects that could serve as national models for achieving dramatic energy savings in a variety of building types.
Supporting the development of new clean energy companies and technologies, reducing reliance on fossil fuels, training workers for a new generation of energy jobs, and taking tangible steps to combat climate change are among the most important tasks of our time. It is a thrill to be in the middle of all of these tasks. I look forward to not only contributing to this blog, but to checking it frequently to learn what others are doing in their personal lives and jobs to make a difference each day.
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.