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.
Dam Ice posted on Mar 12
You may have noticed many “falling ice” signs around town. Personally, I recently counted five of them on my way to the coffee shop. The icicles and falling ice are actually caused by ice dams, and the Building Science Corporation (BSC) and Massachusetts Department of …Continue Reading Dam Ice
Fish Need Clean Energy, Too posted on Feb 18
Running a fish farm is an intense operation, one that requires a lot of labor and a large amount of energy. Currently, the McLaughlin Hatchery uses a significant amount of oil to heat its facility. The facility is going to replace its oil furnace with a renewable energy heating system, a new high efficiency wood pellet boiler and pellet storage silo that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by almost 92 percent, save an estimated $11,432 annually, and reduce annual oil use by more than 5,000 gallons.
Wood Pellets are the New Oil for Regional Schools Reducing Fuel Costs posted on Feb 12
Did you know that it is possible to heat buildings in the northeast using wood biomass, a renewable energy fuel? With nearly one-third of total energy costs going toward heating our buildings, it is no wonder that Massachusetts school districts are searching for cheaper and …Continue Reading Wood Pellets are the New Oil for Regional Schools Reducing Fuel Costs