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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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“Mass. Military Division” and “Energy Efficiency” Go Together posted on Jul 25

“Mass. Military Division” and “Energy Efficiency” Go Together

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

Solar a “No-Go” on Your Roof? Share Through Community Solar

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

Summer’s Here: Shed Layers and Shed Loads

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.