Clean Power Blog

Anyone who has searched for a job knows that it can be an uphill battle, and the clean energy sector is not immune. 

Part of the difficulty with beginning any job search lies in not knowing where to look, how best to get your information in the hands of an employer or even the first steps that may be involved in the process.

Now, finding a clean energy job in Massachusetts just got a whole lot easier.

MassCEC has revamped our Clean Energy Jobs Board, providing job seekers an expanded array of options as they search for interesting open positions.

Job seekers eager to work in Massachusetts' booming clean energy sector can browse a database of jobs open at employers across the state, or filter them by region, clean energy sector, job type, and education requirements.

The revamped Clean Energy Jobs Board also makes it easier for employers to post their open positions, improving employers' ability to edit, renew and remove their job listings on a board that is viewed by more than a thousand visitors each month.

As word spreads about this useful tool, we expect the Clean Energy Jobs Board to become even more popular, adding to MassCEC's efforts to connect eager clean energy workers with the jobs of their dreams. The jobs board builds upon MassCEC's wildly-successful Clean Energy Internship Program, which connects students and recent graduates with internships at clean energy employers across the Commonwealth.

In 2012, the Mexican government passed sweeping legislation that included a call for 35 percent of the nation's energy to be produced by renewable sources by 2024.

The aggressive target, as well as the country's other recent energy-related efforts were the subject of  a symposium, “Mexico’s Energy Reform: Regulatory Policy, its Execution and International Perspective,” hosted Feb. 17 by the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

The symposium brought together industry and policy experts to discuss the reforms currently underway in Mexico, as well as the opportunities it brings both domestically and internationally.

Speakers included Francisco Salazar Diez de Sollano, President of the Mexico's Comisión Reguladora de Energía (CRE), Professor Juan Rosellon from Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), Harvard University Professor William Hogan and our own Senior Manager Business Development Tom Reid.

In December 2013, the Mexican government passed expansive constitutional energy reforms, allowing for the decentralization of Mexico’s entire energy system, opening its oil, gas and electricity markets to private investment for the first time in decades. Secondary legislation followed shortly after in August 2014, rapidly setting the scene for major industry changes.

Kicking off the New Year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) has issued an exciting new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA): OPEN 2015!

At $125 million, this FOA is big news for innovative energy technologies being developed nationwide. The announcement marks the third open funding solicitation in ARPA-E’s history, and is designed to support the advancement of new, potentially disruptive, energy technologies in the U.S.

Late last year, ARPA-E and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center signed a partnership agreement to foster the success of Massachusetts-based applicants who are entering, working through and graduating from the ARPA-E program.  In support of this partnership and in order to increase the competiveness of these applications, MassCEC launched a new program, AmplifyMass, that provides up to 10 percent of the total project budget for company awardees (capped at $300,000), and up to 5 percent for university-based awardees (capped at $100,000).

Since 2010, MassCEC has provided over $2.3 million in matching funds to seven Massachusetts-based ARPA-E awardees, including 1366 Technologies, Ogin, FastCAP, MIT and INFINIUM. Awardees have gone on to raise more than $290 million in additional funding, and hire more than 280 employees.