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April 22, 2014
The Commonwealth Celebrates Clean Energy Day
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.
Local clean energy companies showcased their technologies, business ideas, and contributions to the clean energy economy (which employs 80,000 people in Massachusetts). Altaeros Energies was there, displaying their interesting "Buoyant Airborne Turbine," which turns out to be quite a development in the world of wind. The height of the airborne turbine takes advantage of the fact that winds at high altitude are much stronger than here on the ground.
Also during the event, NECEC recognized state Sen. Barry Finegold, D-Andover, and state Rep. Brian Dempsey, D-Haverhill, for their leadership in advancing the clean energy industry and cause within the Commonwealth and named them “Clean Energy Champions.”
“I am very proud to receive this award. The quest for energy independence is our generation’s race to the moon,” said Sen. Finegold.