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Opower Files for Initial Public Offering

In a sign that saving energy is a good investment opportunity, we are excited to congratulate one of our new members Opower, on its initial public offering. On Friday April 4, Opower, which provides Software as a Service platform for utilities and their customers, launched its IPO and raised $116 million. The seven-year-old company’s main...

Massachusetts Drives Support for EVs

Massachusetts’s drivers should expect to see a lot more electric vehicles on the road in the future, thanks to a smart investment by the state to support alternative fuel vehicles and the infrastructure that will support its growth. Last week, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced two new programs to support alternative fuel vehicles, drawing from...

Experts Discuss Future Architecture of the Grid

NECEC VP, Policy & Government Affairs, Janet Gail Besser, joined industry and regulatory leaders at the NESEA Building Energy 2014 conference for a lively discussion on a panel titled “Rethinking the Architecture of the Grid – Visions for 2030.” The discussion captured an array of viewpoints from former and current regulators, a utility executive and...
Cleantech Strikes Back

Cleantech Strikes Back

Sunday night’s episode of CBS’s 60 Minutes featured a segment called “Cleantech Crash,” which attempted to claim that the combination of a “string of expensive tax-funded flops in cleantech,” and the fact that venture capitalists lost a significant amount of money on cleantech investments in recent years, means the cleantech industry is essentially in demise. “Despite billions invested...

First Wind Goes Solar

Boston-based First Wind broke ground on its first solar project and first project in its home state of Massachusetts yesterday, a three site solar project totaling 14 megawatts (MW) in the towns of Warren and Millbury. Massachusetts Congressman Richard E. Neal, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Richard Sullivan, Massachusetts Senator Stephen Brewer and Representative...

Vermont and Massachusetts Named to the “Dazzling Dozen” List of Leading Solar States

Environment America released a new report Tuesday ranking America’s top solar states and considering best practices for adopting their policies and growth strategies to grow the industry. The report, titled “Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America’s Top 12 Solar States,” included Massachusetts and Vermont, demonstrating the region’s continued leadership in clean energy...

New England Heat Wave Illuminates Need for Grid Reliability

New Englanders eagerly await a deserved break from biting winter weather, but this summer’s oppressive heat has pushed our limits. According to the National Weather Service, Boston declared its third official heatwave Tuesday when temperatures crested 90 degrees at Logan Airport before 11am. The Weather Service does not expect heat relief until at least Sunday. Escaping...

NECEC Releases Offshore Wind Report

Some of the best offshore wind resources in the world reside in New England. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimates that 33 percent of the estimated 4,000 gigawatts (GW) of the nation’s offshore wind capacity is located along the Atlantic Coast. Harnessing just a small fraction of this amount, such as the proposed 54 GW...

How Chambers of Commerce Became Clean Energy Leaders

Working with over 300 local chambers of commerce from 48 states representing more than 279,000 businesses, Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy (CICE) released a first-of-its-kind report last week providing a comprehensive look at the effects of clean energy innovations and investments supported by local chambers. Local Chambers as Change Agents: Creating Economic Vitality through Clean...

Adoption rates increase utility interest in renewable energy

As declines in the cost of renewable energy projects continue, opportunities for collaboration have grown. Last week, Bloomberg’s Julie Johnsson outlined a unique partnership between Ted Turner and Southern Co. to develop solar farms in the southwest region of the U.S. Five large solar projects have been jointly purchased since 2010 by the philanthropist and...

RGGI will let the region thrive

The following pice by Chris Meyer originally appeared on Seacoast Online on Monday, May 13th. Back in 2008, one year into the Great Recession, I started a brand-new business. Crazy? Just the opposite. My company, Yankee Thermal Imaging, makes money by helping New Englanders save money on energy. We test buildings with cutting-edge technology that...

Gov. Patrick: MA Solar Target Reached 4 Years Early; New Goal Set

Governor Deval Patrick today announced that the solar goal set in 2007 of 250 megawatts of residential and commercial solar energy installed in the Commonwealth has been reached four years early, and set an ambitious new goal of 1,600 MW by 2020. Gov. Patrick was joined by Energy & Environmental Affair Secretary Rick Sullivan and...