Created by the Green Jobs Act of 2008, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is dedicated to accelerating the success of clean energy technologies, companies and projects in the Commonwealth—while creating high-quality jobs and long-term economic growth for the people of Massachusetts. Since its inception in 2009, MassCEC has helped clean energy companies grow, supported municipal clean energy projects and invested in residential and commercial renewable energy installations creating a robust marketplace for innovative clean technology companies and service providers.
The heart of the clean energy revolution resides in Massachusetts
Governor Deval Patrick
Formed under the leadership of Governor Deval Patrick, MassCEC is the first of its kind in the United States. Thanks to MassCEC’s efforts in partnership with local and international clean energy companies, the investment community, research institutions, workforce development organizations, and businesses and residents, Massachusetts has installed hundreds of megawatts of wind and solar systems across the Commonwealth. These projects have created local jobs and local, home-grown sources of renewable energy, which protect public health and the environment.
With economic growth in mind, MassCEC invests in early-stage clean energy companies helping them to bring ideas to the marketplace. MassCEC supports responsibly sited renewable energy projects and provides municipalities, homeowners and businesses with the tools needed to finance and locate renewable energy projects like wind and solar. MassCEC also develops programs to build a strong clean energy workforce – including a successful statewide internship program – to give the clean energy generation the skills to compete for jobs in this emerging space.
These investments are producing results. The 2012 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report showed an 11.2 percent increase in clean energy jobs between 2011 and 2012 following a 6.7 percent growth the year before.
MassCEC receives funding from the Renewable Energy Trust Fund, which was created by the Massachusetts Legislature in 1998 as part of the deregulation of the electric utility market. The trust is funded by a systems benefit charge paid by electric ratepayers of investor-owned utilities in Massachusetts, as well as municipal electric departments that have opted to participate in the program. The average residential ratepayer pays $0.30 a month into the trust.