In mid-March, Massachusetts legislators and experts in renewable energy gathered at the State House Grand Staircase for the New England Clean Energy Center’s third annual Massachusetts Clean Energy Day. The event celebrates the clean energy sector’s size and strength in the Commonwealth and the public policies that helped to grow the sector. Peter Rothstein, president of the NECEC, hosted the hour-long speaking program that included Massachusetts Senator Ben Downing, Representative John Keenan and Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan. Check out photos from the event:
Secretary Sullivan also announced a new $30 million residential solar loan program. The program will be funded with Alternative Compliance Payments (ACP), funds that are paid by electric retail suppliers if they have insufficient Renewable or Alternative Energy Certificates to meet their compliance obligations under the Renewable and Alternative Portfolio Standard programs. The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is currently working with partners and stakeholders to develop the program expected to launch in spring 2014. “When we support our solar industry, we are choosing to shape our future rather than leave it to chance,” said Governor Patrick in a press release.
“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. .
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.