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.”
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.