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.
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.
Massachusetts Milestone: 15,000 Solar Installations posted on Aug 25
Massachusetts has just surpassed an exciting milestone of 15,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, proving that solar energy has become a smart, popular choice here. In fact, as of August 21, there were 15,762 systems installed across Massachusetts, a twenty-fold increase from 2007 when Governor Deval …Continue Reading Massachusetts Milestone: 15,000 Solar Installations
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.