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State Policy Incentives Helping Massachusetts Solar Power Continue to Grow

Since Governor Deval Patrick proposed the development of 250 MW of solar capacity in Massachusetts by 2017, the state’s solar power growth has exceeded all expectations. Reaching the 250 MW goal this spring, four years early, Massachusetts has expanded the scope of its efforts, with a new target of 1600 MW of solar capacity by...

NECEC Applauds First Auction of Federal Waters for Offshore Wind Site

NECEC Applauds First Auction of Federal Waters for Offshore Wind Site Boston, MA – The New England Clean Energy Council applauds the U.S. Department of Interior for its leadership in advancing offshore wind projects in New England.  On July 31, 2013, Deepwater Wind LLC of Providence, R.I., was awarded the first lease competition for wind...

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...

Offshore Auctions Ready to Move Wind Energy Forward

After an initial announcement in November, the Department of the Interior is preparing for its first auction for offshore wind energy on the outer continental shelf. In a two-phase auction beginning July 29th, nine companies including Cape Wind will be eligible to bid on development rights to nearly 165,000 acres located nine miles off the...

NECEC Statement on Grid Modernization Steering Committee Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 3, 2013 Contact: Jennifer Donahue 617 500 9993 jdonahue@cleanenergycouncil.org   NECEC STATEMENT ON GRID MODERNIZATION STEERING COMMITTEE REPORT   Boston, MA—The New England Clean Energy Council applauds the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) for its leadership in advancing Grid Modernization in Massachusetts.  Today, a diverse group of stakeholders, members of...

Lee Solar Project Promises a Million in Savings

The town of Lee, Massachusetts is finalizing arrangements for a 3-megawatt solar energy project, bringing $1.5 million in savings to taxpayers and moving another municipal solar project towards realization. Boston-based Broadway Electric plans to spend $11.8 million to develop three solar arrays on town property, overseeing the process from construction to continued maintenance. Lee currently...

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...

McGinn in Politico: More Renewables for States, Not Less

Today’s Politico piece by Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn calls for protecting state Renewable Portfolio Standards, noting that they reduce energy costs and make states, regions and the nation more energy independent. McGinn writes: Renewable Portfolio Standards drive renewable energy development, but more importantly in difficult economic times, RPS policies can decrease electricity rates. For example, in...

Update on Offshore and Onshore Wind in New England

The first in a series of offshore wind conferences hosted in New England kicked off this week with Offshore Wind Power USA in Boston. The conference’s keynote speaker, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, stated he was confident that the sale of offshore wind leases for a 257-square miles area between Massachusetts’ Martha’s Vineyard and...

MA Secretary Rick Sullivan Delivers Regional State of the Commonwealth

Today, Massachusetts Secretary of Energy & Environmental Affairs Rick Sullivan delivered a Regional State of the Commonwealth Address in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Secretary Sullivan focused on the growth of the clean energy industry in the region, and discussed the significance of the Port of New Bedford as a regional driver of clean energy industry investment...

New Report: Advanced Energy Represents $1.1 Trillion Global Market

Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), the national affiliate of the New England Clean Energy Council, has released a report showing that advanced energy was a $1.1 trillion global market in 2011. This first-ever analysis of the advanced energy sector also demonstrates that the sector represents an important part of the nation’s economy, with $132 billion in...

Kickoff Policy Series Event: “Charting a Course for Clean Energy, Post-Election”

Just two days after the election, NECEC held its inaugural policy panel on the state of clean energy post-election. NECEC Communications Director Jennifer Donahue, a veteran political commentator, moderated the panel. She was joined by Paul Hodes, President of the Economic Innovation Institute and former US Representative for New Hampshire; pollster and political analyst Lou...