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Innovative geothermal micro-district concept moves ahead in Massachusetts

Energy News Network Summary Two pilot projects in Massachusetts will attempt to deploy geothermal heating across entire neighborhoods — an innovative model that aims to slash fossil fuel use while providing an economic transition for gas utilities and their workers. “The more we’ve...

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Massachusetts City Plans “Microgrid without Borders”

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary As energy democracy and social justice increasingly drive energy planning, Chelsea, Massachusetts hopes to become a model for how it’s done by developing a ‘microgrid without borders.’ Community and climate activists, city officials and energy...

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Massachusetts Sees Shared Microgrids As Way To Boost Resilience, Cut Emissions

Sarah Shemkus, Energy News Network Summary A state program has helped dozens of Massachusetts organizations explore the potential costs and benefits of pooling energy resources with their neighbors. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center awarded grants to study the feasibility of 14...

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Solar Therapeutics Holds Grand Opening

SouthCoastToday Summary At a grand opening ceremony last Wednesday in Somerset, MA Chief Executive Officer Edward Dow III said what makes Solar Therapeutics so unique is its sustainability and energy efficiency. In fact, the grand opening was scheduled to coincide with the powering of...

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Net-Zero Target Called Most Aggressive in World

CommonWealth Summary Governor Charlie Baker's top energy aide said his proposal for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 puts Massachusetts among a very small group of states and countries attempting to limit the impact of climate change. Kathleen Theoharides, the governor’s secretary...

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House Passes $1.3B for Community Climate Resiliency Projects

Wicked Local Burlington Summary Significant investments to come to Bedford and Burlington through advancements in the microgrid, electric vehicles and energy storage projects As climate change becomes a larger concern at the local-level, State Rep. Ken Gordon, D-Bedford, joined his...

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A City's Climate Toolbox: Exploring Water-Based District Heating and Cooling for Metro Boston

Summary The cities of Cambridge, Boston, and Somerville charged MAPC in 2018 with the task of recommending governance frameworks that could enable water-based district energy (WBDE) systems. These communities seek transformative strategies to fulfill ambitious climate goals. This session...


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Anbaric to flip Massachusetts coal plant site into offshore wind facility with 400 MW storage

Julia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive Summary Developer Anbaric will spend $650 million to convert the former Brayton Point Power Station into a Massachusetts offshore wind platform, according to a statement issued Monday . Anbaric is expected to build a 1,200 MW high-voltage direct current ...

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Northeastern University Aims to Set New Standard for higher Ed with Advanced Micorgrid

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary Northeastern University says it is developing a microgrid that sets the bar for higher education, using a self-funded approach to harden its campus resiliency while achieving sustainability goals. Now in planning, the integrated microgrid will serve...

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Air Force Issues RFI for Energy-as-a-Service Contract at Massachusetts Base

Ken Silverstein, Microgrid Knowledge Summary The US Air Force and the Defense Logistics Agency-Energy has issued a request for information (RFI) in anticipation of an energy-as-a-service contract for Hanscom Air Force base in Massachusetts, a site where a microgrid is being contemplated...

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