Secretary Ian A. Bowles
Last month, Governor Patrick announced that a new multi-purpose marine commerce terminal will be built in the port of New Bedford to support shipping, other commercial activities, and the delivery, assembly, and installation of offshore wind turbines – including those destined for Cape Wind, the nation’s first offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound.
This facility will make Massachusetts the hub of offshore wind development on the Atlantic Coast, and contribute to the city of New Bedford’s prosperity through all its uses, but especially by capturing the 600 to 1,000 jobs from construction of Cape Wind. As Governor Patrick put it, “In the first half of the 19th century, New Bedford produced the advanced fuel of the age – whale oil – and became known as ‘the city that lit the world.’ Now, with this new terminal, and this first-in-the-nation project, New Bedford will once again begin to light the world, but this time with the clean, renewable energy resource of the 21st century – offshore wind.”
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.
Carbon Neutral? A Closer Look at University Claims posted on Aug 14
The five UMass university campuses have made enormous progress towards carbon neutrality. In particular, UMass Amherst has demonstrated impressive environmental leadership and received an Energy and Environmental Affairs’ Leading by Example award for achieving a 26 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions three years ahead of its 2012 goal.
Door-to-Door Campaign Reaps Energy Efficiency Gains posted on Aug 1
Greenfield sent program specialists from Energy Smart Homes door-to-door to answer questions, explain the energy auditing process, and plan retrofit projects. So far, home energy assessments in Greenfield have taken place at four times the statewide rate.