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.
Market-Based Program Designed to Continue Solar Growth posted on Jul 30
This April, the Commonwealth launched its second Solar Carve- Out Program. Built on the success of the first solar carve-out program, SREC II is designed to continue to drive Massachusetts’ solar growth and particularly provide incentives for smaller solar projects, building mounted units, community shared solar, solar canopies, emergency power and low income housing.
“Mass. Military Division” and “Energy Efficiency” Go Together posted on Jul 25
Energy measures implemented at a Mass. Military Divison site include improved lighting, high efficiency motors, HVAC controls and energy management system upgrades. Under the Accelerate Efficiency Plan, the Commonwealth is investing over $12 million at 29 state facilities throughout the Berkshires.
Solar a “No-Go” on Your Roof? Share Through Community Solar posted on Jul 16
Harvard residents who wanted solar on their homes and were unable to get it due to shading, sloping, or structural barriers, found a solution by sharing the Harvard Solar Garden, an approximately 250 kW project, provides 41 residents and six small businesses with sustainable, clean energy. .