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.
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. .
Summer’s Here: Shed Layers and Shed Loads posted on Jul 11
Electricity usage throughout New England reaches its peak during summer heat waves, causing our electricity bills to spike. During periods of high demand, electric utilities typically call on more expensive “peaking” plants to provide extra power. These costs are passed onto larger, non-residential consumers through demand charges on their monthly electricity bill. Municipal buildings can save a significant sum of money if they shut off portions of their electricity during these peak periods.
Massachusetts Rebates Supercharge Electric Vehicle Market posted on Jul 7
The MOR-EV initiative provides rebates of up to $2,500 for electric, fuel cell vehicles and plug-in vehicles with large batteries, and $1,500 for plug-in electric vehicles with smaller batteries. All Massachusetts residents are eligible to receive incentives on purchased and leased new electric vehicles until the rebate funds are gone.