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The Statewide Energy Efficiency Planning Process: Why it is important and How to get involved

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

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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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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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Sim City 5: A classic grows up

Like many Gen Y-ers, my youth before the arrival of the 56K modem was spent on watching endless hours of Road Rules, catering to every physiological need of a tamagotchi that lived within the confines of a 1×1″ pixelated screen, and of course, fulfilling my mayoral duties in SimCity 2000. Little did I know that […]

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Discover the world of planning at the MAPC Open House

Have you registered for the MAPC Open House yet? Whether you’re completely new to MAPC, or you’ve gotten to know us through a specific project in your region or area of interest, there is always more to learn about the work that we’ve been doing, through this event! In the past year, we created a […]

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