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Commerce RI Reiterates Cleantech Importance in New Economic Report

Commerce RI’s newly released Economic Development Plan sees significant potential growth in the Ocean State, as long as steps are taken by government leaders, private businesses, and community members alike to ensure meaningful reform through six proposed strategies, including building a hearty business ecosystem, harnessing innovation, and fostering a resilient economy.  Within these strategies is...

Cleantech Shines at Inaugural Maine Start Up and Create Week

The first-ever Maine Startup & Create Week in Portland last week showcased of one of the strongest cleantech startup communities in the region. The week was brimming with stellar speakers, diverse events, and great local food and drink. I was delighted to participate in the Thursday morning session Navigating the Northeast Cleantech Cluster – Emerging...

NECEC, CLEAN ENERGY COMPANIES APPLAUD OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S EFFORT TO REDUCE CARBON POLLUTION FROM EXISTING POWER PLANTS

NECEC, CLEAN ENERGY COMPANIES APPLAUD OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S EFFORT TO REDUCE CARBON POLLUTION FROM EXISTING POWER PLANTS New Measures Will Spur Investment and Job Growth BOSTON – NECEC applauds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) draft regulations to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, released today. NECEC...

Veolia’s Green Steam Powering Boston & Cambridge

There is no better location that the Museum of Science—which sits on the Charles River equally in the cities of Boston and Cambridge—to celebrate Veolia North America’s Boston-Cambridge district energy network known as the “Green Steam” project. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Cambridge Mayor David Mahler joined Veolia NA CEO Bill DiCroce (and NECEC Board...

WeSpire Celebrates Growth & Boston’s Entrepreneurial Network

In commemoration of Earth Week I was honored to attend a private party hosted by NECEC member company, WeSpire (formerly known as Practically Green) to celebrate its recent re-brand and progress over the past few years with team members, their families and close friends, as well as investors, advisers, and community supporters. WeSpire CEO Susan...

OPOWER Completes 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, completed its IPO with a strong debut on the New York...

NECEC Celebrates Second Annual Maine Clean Energy Day with Legislators and Top Clean Energy Companies

CLEAN ENERGY CHAMPION AWARDS GIVEN TO THREE MAINE LAWMAKERS AUGUSTA, ME — The New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC), its member companies and partners visited the Maine State House today to showcase the vibrant clean energy industry and the benefits it is bringing to Maine as part of NECEC’s Second Annual Maine Clean Energy Day....

New Report Finds Green Communities Act Creates $1.2B in Economic Benefits

Hot off the press! A new report released today from the independent consulting firm Analysis Group finds that Massachusetts’ landmark energy legislation the Green Communities Act (GCA) creates $1.2 billion in net economic benefits and more than 16,000 jobs for Massachusetts as a result of its first six years of implementation. The report, which was featured...

Assessing New England’s Cleantech Innovation Landscape

Since NECEC formed in late 2006, our core mission has included support to early-stage cleantech innovation across the region. The 2011 creation of the NECEC Institute and the awarding of a i6 Green grant from the US Department of Commerce allowed NECEC—for the first time in our short history—to carry out that mission in a...

Future looks bright for clean technology in Maine

The following Op-Ed by NECEC Maine State Coordinator and Executive Director of E2Tech Jeff Marks and E2Tech Chairman Jim Katsiaficas was featured in the Portland Press Herald on January 17, 2014. Jeff and Jim joined hundreds of individuals in the cleantech and clean energy community who have spoken out against 60 Minutes’ recent depiction of...

Massachusetts Examines Global Warming Solutions Act 5 Years Later

    Earlier this month officials in Massachusetts published the first Global Warming Solutions Act 5-Year Progress Report. The report is evidence that Massachusetts is benefitting in numerous ways from its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. One of the most significant accomplishments, according to the report, is that: “The GWSA’s first five years illustrate how leading on...
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...