Clean Power Blog

Williams and Pesky. Pedroia and Ortiz. Moniz and McCarthy?

Though their names might not be as renowned around Yawkey Way, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Environmental Protection Agency Director Gina McCarthy were at Fenway Park Tuesday night with a purpose as noble as the pursuit of World Series trophy.

Capping an Earth Day blitz of media interviews and public events, they made their pitch - the First Pitch, to be precise - to thousands before the start of the Red Sox-Yankees game, highlighting the work that is already underway to combat climate change, as well as the work left to be done.

The duo used the high profile of the first pitch to highlight the need to act now to prevent further damage from climate change, and bring attention to the Obama Administration's commitment to the issues.

More than 100 people gathered at the Massachusetts State House in Boston last month for the Third Annual Clean Energy Day. MassCEC was there for the New England Clean Energy Council’s event, which featured speakers including Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan, state Sen. Ben Downing, state Rep. John Keenan, our CEO Alicia Barton, NECEC President Peter Rothstein and FirstFuel Software CEO Swapnil Shah.

When we think of cleantech, minds immediately go to solar, wind, and maybe even electric vehicles.  Yet the second part of the word – tech – invokes a whole meaning. 

A little over a year ago, in the span of twenty-four hours, I attended two high-impact events: TechStars' Demo Day and the New England Clean Energy Council's Greentie Gala.  The first is a magnet for the who’s who of the Boston tech scene, while the latter is one of the signature annual events of the Commonwealth’s thriving clean energy sector.  The cross-pollination of individuals at the two events was minimal.  In fact, it was so striking that Walter Frick covered it in BostInno

Over the last few years, a sector has emerged to bridge this gap by applying software development skills to solve the world’s pressing needs for solutions to energy and water issues. This field, branded by Sunil Paul in 2011 as the “cleanweb”, has emerged as one of the most promising, flexible and engaging markets in the clean energy sector.