This week on the blog, we are launching a new effort to highlight some of the amazing clean energy and energy efficiency efforts happening across Massachusetts. To do this, we’re going to use numbers. These numbers will help to provide clarity around the progress we are making in the Commonwealth and will represent the most recent and accurate information we have at the time of the post.
The first Energy Number is 44; the number of megawatts of wind power installed in Massachusetts as of December 1, 2011. This is more than a 10-fold increase in wind power since 2007 and represents a significant investment in a clean energy future for the Commonwealth. This photo is of the Air Force’s new 1.5 megawatt wind turbine at the Massachusetts Military Reserve in Cape Cod and was taken at the recent ribbon cutting. This turbine will generate clean, homegrown electricity and is estimated to save the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment over $1.5 million per year .
Visit our wind page or the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to learn more about wind energy in Massachusetts and check out the Renewable Energy Snapshot to see the progress the Commonwealth has made since 2002.
Fish Need Clean Energy, Too posted on Feb 18
Running a fish farm is an intense operation, one that requires a lot of labor and a large amount of energy. Currently, the McLaughlin Hatchery uses a significant amount of oil to heat its facility. The facility is going to replace its oil furnace with a renewable energy heating system, a new high efficiency wood pellet boiler and pellet storage silo that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by almost 92 percent, save an estimated $11,432 annually, and reduce annual oil use by more than 5,000 gallons.
Wood Pellets are the New Oil for Regional Schools Reducing Fuel Costs posted on Feb 12
Did you know that it is possible to heat buildings in the northeast using wood biomass, a renewable energy fuel? With nearly one-third of total energy costs going toward heating our buildings, it is no wonder that Massachusetts school districts are searching for cheaper and …Continue Reading Wood Pellets are the New Oil for Regional Schools Reducing Fuel Costs
Natural Wildlife Setting Enhanced by New Zero Net Energy Building posted on Feb 6
Constructing a commercial zero net energy building (ZNEB) is no easy task, especially one that is 45,000 square feet and sits in Massachusetts where the winters are cold and summers often hot and humid. This is why over 100 people gathered enthusiastically in December in …Continue Reading Natural Wildlife Setting Enhanced by New Zero Net Energy Building