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.
Toward Zero Net Energy posted on Apr 10
In late February I had the opportunity to attend the Toward Zero Net Energy (TZNE) Retrofit Program “Charrette” ‒ a collaborative session in which a group of designers drafts a solution to a design problem ‒ at Holyoke Community College (HCC). The purpose of this charrette …Continue Reading Toward Zero Net Energy
Leadership Matters – Images from 7th Green Schools Summit posted on Apr 7
At the 7th Annual Massachusetts Green Schools Summit, students, teachers, legislators and energy officials came together to embrace leadership roles within their communities. DOER Commissioner Mark Sylvia emphasized that clean energy and climate literacy among the current generation of students will be crucial for Massachusetts in the future. “Set the tone, lead the way in the classroom, at home, in the community and for our future.”
Clean Energy Game posted on Apr 3
Marketers are recognizing “gamification” as a way to motivate and engage people. Can games help engage the public about clean energy through content delivery, education, a sense of community, ways to encourage behaviors?