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Cluster & Economic Development
• Business and market growth,
• Technology development and deployment, and
• Public policy.
Each sector-specific project leverages the innovation, policy, and/or communications work of the NECEC Institute and NECEC. In addition, new initiatives are developed to accelerate sub-sector growth. These initiatives may include industry research, policy discussions and development, educational forums, and/or networking opportunities.
In May 2012, the Offshore Wind Task Force was convened to explore opportunities and barriers to offshore wind development. The Task Force identified project financing as the primary barrier to industry growth. Working with the NECEC policy team, the Task Force developed recommendations for a coordinated aggregated procurement process that would encourage large offshore wind projects in New England. The final report was released in June, 2013.
The goal of the NECEC Institute's Corporate Sustainability Initiative is to accelerate the creation and adoption of sustainable technologies. NECEC staff is working with the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, among others, to connect the region's technology innovators with large energy users in order to facilitate demonstration projects and access to first customers. This will be accomplished through technology roundtables and a demonstration project practice guide.
The final report for the Massachusetts DPU's grid modernization docket was delivered on July 2. In addition to coordinating the "clean energy caucus" position for the report, organizing the perspectives of NECEC members in collaboration with regulators and other grid participants, NECEC also coordinated the submission of follow-on comments after the report's submission.
Future projects are identified through an evaluation process based on current/proposed public and private investments, regional competitive advantage, market potential, and need for facilitated collaboration.