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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...

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...

Kick-Starting Cleantech Startups

NECEC partnered with Grant Thornton and New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE) on Wednesday to present a practical panel for startups called “Kick-Start Your Startup.” Panelists offered an array of advice and tips on business law, tax issues and the investment climate in venture capital funding and mergers and acquisitions. The panel,...

Yet Another Example of Energy Efficiency’s Economic Impact

Yet another example of how energy efficiency is a cornerstone of New England’s economic growth. A recent study, commissioned by National Grid and conducted by the NECEC Institute, found that in 2012, Rhode Island’s $83 million energy efficiency program created 528 full time jobs in the Ocean State. The economic impact study also found that...

MassCEC Kicks Off 2nd Round of InnovateMass

Next month, our partners at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center will accept applications for a competitive program that awards funds to companies and teams working on the most innovative and effective clean energy solutions to Massachusetts’ energy and environmental challenges. MassCEC’s InnovateMass program looks for teams that are proving new clean energy technologies, or combining...

The 6th Annual Green Tie Gala – Storified

Thanks to all our Green Tie Gala attendees who joined the social media conversation. Scroll through the Storify below to re-live the night through Tweets! Kate PlourdKate is the Communications Director at the New England Clean Energy Council.More Posts - Website - Twitter

Markey Introduces Bill to Create Clean Technology and Manufacturing Hubs

Adding to the excitement here in Massachusetts during a busy week of clean energy events–including the Global Cleantech Meet Up and tonight’s 6th Annual Green Tie Gala–Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey Introduces Bill to Create Clean Technology and Manufacturing Hubs by creating private-public partnerships to get American ideas out of the labs and into factories. Below...