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Fleets for the Future at MAPC: What We Achieved & What’s Up Next

Adding electric, hybrid, and other alternative fuel vehicles to municipal fleets reduces carbon emissions while cutting spending on gasoline and diesel fuels – but the benefits and potential of these technologies aren’t widely known. Municipal fleet managers and departments of public works are wary about buying battery electric or hybrid electric vehicles for their fleets […]

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End of the Legislative Session – How MAPC’s Priorities Fared

As Massachusetts’ legislative session drew to a close early Wednesday morning, many of MAPC’s legislative priorities were up for consideration. We wanted to give you a sense of how they fared. Short Term Rentals: The legislature’s bill regulating short term rentals would tax short term rentals at the hotel rate of 5.7 percent. City and […]

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Energy and Environmental Bills Moving in the Legislature

In 15 days, on July 31, the formal session for the Massachusetts Legislature will end – meaning that the House and Senate have two short weeks to approve the FY2019 State Budget and pass important legislation. The Legislature continues to work on completing the FY2019 State Budget and is contemplating several pieces of legislation that […]

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The Statewide Energy Efficiency Planning Process: Why It’s Important and How to Get Involved

You may be most familiar with state energy efficiency programs like MassSave Program due to their ubiquitous branding – but did you know energy efficiency programs provide much more to cities and towns than free LED light bulbs for its residents and business owners? Massachusetts is ranked first in the nation for the quality of its […]

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Metro Boston is Charging Up: Plug-in to Municipal Best Practices Workshop

Across the Commonwealth, residents are starting to make the switch from gasoline powered vehicles to electric vehicles. However, some remain hesitant to make the switch due to the lack of public charging stations available. One of the biggest fears that electric car owners have is not being able to find a charging station when they […]

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MAPC & Eversource: Next Steps in Peak Demand

On Wednesday, April 4th, MAPC and Eversource hosted a webinar together to share new peak demand reduction opportunities with municipalities who have successfully shed load through MAPC’s peak electricity demand notification program. Municipalities specifically learned about battery storage, thermal storage, software and controls, and active demand response projects to take advantage of this summer 2018.

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Solsmart Designations and Clean Energy Forum Recap

On October 11th, the Clean Energy team engaged over 100 stakeholders at Boston’s District Hall, on how to take a holistic approach to net zero planning & strategies to start achieving net zero goals. The cities of Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville, and Towns of Concord and Wayland shared their progress and insight on working towards net […]

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Launch of LEAD and Net Zero Planning Websites

As part of the Clean Energy Team’s new campaign, Zero to 101: Bringing Net Zero to 101 Cities and Towns and Beyond, we launched two web-based resources at our Clean Energy Forum; the Local Energy Action Dashboard and the Net Zero Planning Site. The Local Energy Action Dashboard allows communities to explore and download energy, […]

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Net Zero Planning: Know your Resources!

Webinar on Upcoming Net Zero Resources On Tuesday, September 12, MAPC’s Clean Energy Department’s Environmental Fellow, Mayra Cruz delivered a fantastic webinar on Net Planning resources that can be beneficial to many cities and towns. We had the fortunate opportunity to have Mayra with us, who put considerable time into researching and building Net Zero […]

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What We Do: Clean Energy

In the video above, Cammy Peterson, Director of Clean Energy, explains the role of the Clean Energy Department at MAPC. MAPC’s clean energy services range from local energy and climate action planning to energy-related technical assistance to state and regional procurements. Recent projects include LED streetlight retrofits, community electricity aggregation, municipal climate preparedness and resiliency, […]

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