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Wicked Hot Boston: Documenting Extreme Heat in the Greater Boston Area

As public schools let out this week in Greater Boston, summer fun is on people’s minds and many are planning their vacations, barbeques, and other summer activities. While the warmer weather is welcomed by many, it also signals the start of extreme heat season – which can be a public health hazard, especially for the […]

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Gearing Up to Ramp Down: Preparing Your Municipality to Manage Peak Demand

With spring on its way and the weather warming up, communities around the Greater Boston region are starting to plan for summer. Paving, construction, budgeting, preparing for town meeting – spring is a busy time for New England towns and cities. Is managing your peak power demand on your municipality’s to-do list? Read on to […]

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Massachusetts’ New 3-Year Energy Efficiency Plan and What it Means for your Municipality

For the last eight years, Massachusetts has ranked as the national leader in energy efficiency – but there is still much to do. With the State Legislature’s passage of the Act to Advance Clean Energy in August and a new three-year plan for statewide energy efficiency programs in the works, Massachusetts is preparing to keep […]

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Roadworks: A Streamlined Digital Platform to Manage Street Openings

Massachusetts has some of the oldest natural gas main infrastructure in the nation, with pipes averaging 60 years old. To replace this pipe and other underground infrastructure, utilities need to navigate a patchwork of paper permits to dig up roads across the state. But they’re not the only crews working on our roads – the […]

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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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