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Newton's Community Solar Share Initiative: Sometimes, the Answer is Hidden in Plain Sight

Typically, low income households pay a higher percentage of income for electricity than those in other income brackets. In Boston, for example, median-income households spend 2.8 percent of their total income on electricity on average, whereas low-income households spend 6.7 percent of income on electricity. At the same time, disadvantaged households often do not have […]

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How Municipalities Are Saving Money and Energy through MAPC’s Peak Demand Notification Program

For most of us, paying for electricity means paying for what we use. Municipalities do that, too, but they also have to pay something called a capacity charge for their large accounts. This is a charge assessed by ISO-New England, the grid operator, to ensure account holders pay in proportion to their usage and that […]

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Communities Find New Ways to Access Cleaner, More Affordable Energy

By Cammy Peterson, Clean Energy Director at MAPC. Cross-posted from the Barr Foundation blog. How leading cities and towns in Massachusetts are scaling up renewable energy while bringing cost savings to their residents. When your electricity bill comes in the mail, do you think about changing your supplier? Massachusetts customers have been able to choose […]

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Metro Mayors Commit to Climate Change Preparedness

On May 13, 2015, MAPC hosted an unprecedented Climate Preparedness Summit at UMass Boston in partnership with the City of Boston and Mayor Martin Walsh. The historic event convened the mayors and managers of the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition* to sign the Metro Boston Climate Preparedness Commitment. By signing the Commitment, these leaders pledge to work […]

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Municipal Solar in Sudbury

To utilize otherwise nonproductive space on their closed landfill, Sudbury decided to fill it with solar panels–6,060 of them. This solar power purchase agreement was part of a group procurement for energy services that MAPC facilitated for 14 cities and towns. Sudbury leases the land to a private developer and purchases the electricity from the […]

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LED Streetlight Conversions in Arlington

This is the second in a series of videos that MAPC’s Clean Energy Division has made about our work in four communities. Check out the first one, focusing on local energy planning in Medford. Before it approached MAPC for assistance, Arlington had already done a pilot project retrofitting older, high-pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights with more […]

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North Shore Community Energy Strategies

Last week, MAPC brought together residents of Salem, Swampscott, Hamilton, and Wenham at Swampscott High School to discuss strategies to help them achieve their towns’ clean energy goals. MAPC had initiated the four communities’ applying together to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Community Energy Strategies program, and MAPC has been supporting the communities in helping stakeholders to […]

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Local Energy Planning in Medford

MAPC’s Clean Energy Division has just unveiled a video about our Local Energy Action Program in Medford. The City had already done a lot of clean energy work before reaching out to us. A Green Community, Medford had set the goal of reducing its municipal energy use by 20% by 2014. By 2013, it had already […]

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The ripple effect: A regional approach to sustainable communities

The purchase of streetlights by Chelsea from Boston referenced in this article from Atlantic Cities was facilitated in part by MAPC. Our clean energy team is spearheading a statewide collective purchasing and technical assistance effort for cities and towns, assisting them as they embark on projects like LED streetlight purchasing. These partnerships benefit municipalities by […]

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From the ground up: Finding innovative ways to promote energy efficiency

The original version of this blog post appeared on the ACEEE blog. Local municipalities and community organizations are adopting policies, strategies, and partnerships that promote energy efficiency, save money, and reduce pollution–despite a lack of comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation at the federal level. This increased level of activity in promoting energy efficiency at […]

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