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Yearly Archives: 2013

Community Shared Solar 101 Posted on Oct 21

Community Shared Solar 101

Solar photovoltaic (PV) technology, which converts sunlight directly into electricity, is a priority for Massachusetts’ clean energy efforts. The environmental and economic benefits of solar energy are myriad: energy production from panels does not produce greenhouse gas emissions or other pollutants sun represents a free,   …Continue Reading Community Shared Solar 101

Brainstorming Clean Energy Solutions in Communities Posted on Sep 26

Brainstorming Clean Energy Solutions in Communities

Last month, the community of Northampton held its first Clean Energy Community Strategy meeting, a “101” meeting of sorts to introduce Northampton residents to the Clean Energy Strategy Program (CESP) developed by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center in collaboration with DOER’s Green Communities Division. CESP   …Continue Reading Brainstorming Clean Energy Solutions in Communities

Massachusetts Households Use 22% More Energy Than U.S. Average Posted on Sep 24

Massachusetts Households Use 22% More Energy Than U.S. Average

Your own heating bills may give you a clue that Massachusetts total household energy costs are above the U.S. average. The data indicates that the average household in Massachusetts spends $2,500 for energy each year. But, the hope is that our costs may drop closer   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Households Use 22% More Energy Than U.S. Average

A Refrigerator-Worthy Report Card Posted on Sep 20

A Refrigerator-Worthy Report Card

At an event Tuesday at the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems, Gov. Patrick announced that the Commonwealth’s clean energy sector grew by 11.8 percent last year.

SAPHIRE Pilots Geothermal Posted on Sep 10

SAPHIRE Pilots Geothermal

Ground source heat pumps, or GHPs, harness the constant temperature beneath the earth’s crust (about 50-60° F) to sustainably heat and cool homes and buildings. Depending on the season, heat is transferred into or out of the ground via underground piping that carries refrigerant. Heat   …Continue Reading SAPHIRE Pilots Geothermal

Dovetailing Energy and Environment Posted on Sep 3

Dovetailing Energy and Environment

Can noise from a nearby wind farm make you sick? Can clean energy slow climate change? Energy and environmental concerns have always been difficult to separate. In 2007, Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to recognize the interdependence of energy and environment when the Patrick   …Continue Reading Dovetailing Energy and Environment

Finding Your Place Posted on Aug 23

Finding Your Place

This past May, I graduated with a degree in communication and a minor in renewable energy policy. In my mind, this was the ideal duo of studies – I wanted to promote courses of action that help protect our planet’s vitality. Even though I was   …Continue Reading Finding Your Place

Energy & Environmental Leadership Puts U.S. Dept. of Education Spotlight on Massachusetts Schools Posted on Aug 15

Energy & Environmental Leadership Puts U.S. Dept. of Education Spotlight on Massachusetts Schools

A year ago, a group of state and federal agency employees and private sector “green” education advocates gathered at DOER to plan Massachusetts’ first year in the U.S. Department of Education’s (US-ED) Green Ribbon Schools award recognition program. While we weren’t sure what to expect,   …Continue Reading Energy & Environmental Leadership Puts U.S. Dept. of Education Spotlight on Massachusetts Schools

Water-Smart Energy Posted on Aug 9

Water-Smart Energy

America has an energy problem. Many aging U.S. power plants are nearing the end of their operational lives. Following decades of reliance on fossil fuels, where do states turn next for their electric power – an issue magnified by the looming threat of global climate   …Continue Reading Water-Smart Energy

Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition – Local Steps Toward Nationwide Success Posted on Aug 6

Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition - Local Steps Toward Nationwide Success

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Clean Cities program didn’t get any china or platinum for its 20th anniversary this year. Instead the program’s anniversary gift is pride; pride in the fact that over two decades, nationwide efforts have saved more than 5 billion gallons   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition – Local Steps Toward Nationwide Success