Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr.
Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Earlier this month I traveled to Hancock with Governor Patrick to cut the ribbon a new ten-turbine wind project that will generate enough clean, renewable electricity to power approximately 6,000 homes. It’s the state’s first utility-scale onshore wind farm, an exciting accomplishment to celebrate. Despite the chilly and windy weather, it was an impressive sight along the ridgeline of Brodie Mountain.
The 15 megawatt project – known as Berkshire Wind – nearly doubles the state’s previous installed wind power capacity. Due to the governor’s leadership in setting aggressive goals for renewable energy, Massachusetts is in the midst of a 30-fold increase in wind power capacity – from 4 megawatts in 2007 to an anticipated 90 megawatts either installed or in design and construction by the end of this year. It’s just one of many milestones we plan to mark this year to celebrate our clean energy revolution.
Banking on Residential Solar Power posted on Sep 16
“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
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
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.