Ocean Acidification: Changing Tides, Heavy Consequences

When people think of New England, they think of two things: the American Revolution, and seafood.

The character of New England is forever tied to the ocean. The Hub boasts being one of America’s original port cities. From clam chowder to lobster, New Englanders have always enjoyed the benefits of a healthy, thriving marine economy.

But due to changes in the environment, those resources are increasingly threatened by a process dubbed by some scientists as the “evil twin of climate change”: ocean acidification.

A Leg Up in Your Clean Energy Job Search

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.

Learning from the Mexican Example

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.

New Year, New ARPA-tunities

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.

A Prize for an Idea

It’s a good time to be a student or clean energy innovator – but it’s a great time to be both.

On Dec. 2, 2014, MassCEC hosted the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Clean Energy Prize (CEP) Boston kickoff event at our office in Downtown Crossing. The event brought together the organizing team of the CEP, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, past winners and students eager to participate.

The MIT CEP gives university students from across the United States the opportunity to compete for over $300,000 in prizes. A student-organized business plan competition, the CEP focuses on three tracks for entries: Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy and Infrastructure & Resources. Student teams with ideas or technologies in these fields are encouraged to participate.

Warm Up, Save Money This Winter

Electricity prices are increasing dramatically this winter season, with residential rates jumping by 29 to 37 percent across most of the Commonwealth.

These soaring rates are directly hitting the wallets of families, particularly those who use traditional electric heating to warm their homes in the winter.

To help alleviate these costs, the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has committed $1 million in rebates for residents who install high-efficiency air-source heat pumps, which use outdoor air temperatures to heat and cool homes and buildings.

Here Comes the Sun

It may have been raining outside, but the smiles were beaming bright during a recent event at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum as Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett announced the participants in a pair of solar incentive programs - Solarize Mass and Mass Solar Connect.

Provincetown, Quincy, Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland are joining the 46 communities statewide that have previously participated in Solarize Mass, a joint effort between MassCEC and the Department of Energy Resources to drive the adoption of solar electricity through grassroots education a tiered pricing structure, where the savings increase as more home and business owners in a community sign contracts.

Following on the success of Solarize Mass, MassCEC recently launched Mass Solar Connect, which looks to take the grassroots outreached and group-buying benefits to members of non-profit groups, with Mass Energy selected as the first group partner for the program.

11-24-14 Solarize Mass Announcement

An Underground Solution

Energy and where we get it from has become a major global issue for the modern era, with a growing understanding that fossil fuels are not a permanent solution to the massive and ever-growing demand for energy.

Renewable energy is all about harnessing the energy that surrounds us, such as sunlight or strong breezes, and utilizing it for our own needs.

One of these sources exists right beneath our feet.