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Ian A. Bowles

Secretary Ian A. Bowles

Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

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Launching on the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day, this blog is a forum for exchanging ideas and experiences about renewable power, energy efficiency, and other issues important to the Commonwealth’s pursuit of a clean energy future. Posts will range from tips on the best bets for weatherizing your home or small business to articles on installing clean energy systems, how to get rebates and other incentives, farm-based renewable energy, fuel price trends, and clean energy job training opportunities. Our bloggers are energy experts who include officials and employees of the Executive Office, the Departments of Energy Resources and Agricultural Resources, and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Click here to meet them. I hope you will read, comment, and – most importantly – use the information and ideas here to take steps that will save money, stimulate our growing clean energy economy and contribute to a greener Massachusetts.

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Banking on Residential Solar Power posted on Sep 16

Banking on Residential Solar Power

“It’s a house, it’s a car, it’s a … solar panel?” In the coming months, the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is hoping a new residential solar loan program will spark that question and interest in renewable power at local lending institutions across the Commonwealth.   …Continue Reading Banking on Residential Solar Power

Building Efficiency Gurus Exchange Ideas on Just About Everything posted on Sep 5

Building Efficiency Gurus Exchange Ideas on Just About Everything

The American Council for Energy Efficient-Economy (ACEEE) selected me to present a paper on the Commonwealth’s Green Communities Program at ACEEE’s Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. It felt like going to college – the seniors all knew each other, while the freshmen were   …Continue Reading Building Efficiency Gurus Exchange Ideas on Just About Everything

Comparing Homes – Energy-Saving Enters the Equation posted on Aug 28

Comparing Homes – Energy-Saving Enters the Equation

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.