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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...

NECEC VP of Policy to be Recognized with NEWIEE Achievement Award

Here at NECEC, we know quite well that we have an energy policy rock star on our hands. Now that rock star—who you may know as Janet Gail Besser, NECEC’s VP of Policy and Government Affairs—is receiving recognition for her accomplishments in the energy sector. Next week, on April 8, Janet will be recognized as...

Maine Clean Energy Day Spurs Legislative Success

Many of NECEC’s 2014 Maine Policy Priorities have been accomplished thanks to a successful 2nd Annual Maine Clean Energy Day, last Thursday,  in Augusta. Maine Clean Energy Day began with E2Tech’s Augusta Forum at the Maple Hill Conference Center, where Maine Governor Paul LePage discussed his policy priorities to help reduce costs for Maine’s residential and business...

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....

NECEC Testifies on Rhode Island Distributed Generation Bill

It was a packed house last week at the Senate Environment and Agriculture Committee hearing on S-2690, the Distributed Generation Growth Program Bill currently pending in the Rhode Island General Assembly. More than 20 people representing business organizations, environmentalists and clean energy companies testified in support of the bill, which—if passed—would expand the 2011 DG...

Net Metering Takes Center Stage in the Bay State

Supporters and beneficiaries of solar energy showed up in full force Tuesday at the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Tuesday, to show support for S.2019 and H.3901, An Act Relative to Net Metering. The bills, sponsored by Representative Frank Smizik in the House and Senator Anthony Petruccelli in the Senate seek to...

NECEC Celebrates Third Annual Massachusetts Clean Energy Day, Awards Clean Energy Champion Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 11, 2014 The New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC), its member companies and partners visited the Massachusetts State House today to showcase the vibrant clean energy industry and the benefits it is bringing to Massachusetts as part of NECEC’s Third Annual Massachusetts Clean Energy Day. “Clean Energy Day is a tremendous...

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...

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...

NECEC Hosts Connecticut Clean Energy Day, Honors 3 Connecticut Lawmakers as Clean Energy Champions

New England Clean Energy Council, Connecticut Legislators and top Clean Energy Companies Hold Second Annual Connecticut Clean Energy Day  CLEAN ENERGY CHAMPION AWARDS GIVEN TO THREE CONNECTICUT LAWMAKERS Hartford, CT — Today, executives representing New England Clean Energy Council member companies visited the Connecticut State Capitol to showcase to lawmakers the vibrant clean energy industry...

Building an Ecosystem for Cleantech Entrepreneurship

Partnership and collaboration where key concepts that emerged from Saturday’s (February 22, 2014) “Building an Ecosystem for Energy Entrepreneurship” panel at the MIT Energy Conference. The panel, which was moderated by MIT Energy Initiative Executive Director Martha Broad featured NECEC President Peter Rothstein, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center CEO Alicia Barton, Rockport Capital Partner Dhiraj Malkani,...

A Step Towards the Bridge to Clean Energy

The Boston Globe reported today that power plant developer Footprint Power LLC has agreed to reduce the annual greenhouse gas emissions of its proposed natural-gas-fired power plant in Salem over the life of the plant to meet Massachusetts’ green house gas reduction goals aimed at addressing climate change. Last week, NECEC President Peter Rothstein submitted...