Empowering Elders in the Face of Climate Change

Empowering Elders in the Face of Climate Change

Empowering Climate Resilience for Elders, a groundbreaking initiative at the forefront of tackling the escalating challenges of climate change within Metrowest communities, is making significant strides. Funded in part by a grant from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), and being implemented by MassEnergize, this project was conceived by Abigail Shute and Julie Gagen, the Sustainability Managers of the Towns of Wayland and Weston respectively.  MassEnergize was selected because of our extensive experience in working…
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Community Solar – The Basics

Community Solar – The Basics

What is Community Solar? When we think of solar panels, we usually imagine them sitting on top of residential rooftops. However, this is not always the case. Community solar (also known as ‘community shared solar’) reimagines where and how solar panels operate by allowing for a larger variety of demographics to support and benefit from solar energy. Community solar works by generating electricity at an offsite solar ‘farm’ or installation, and then allowing people to…
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Addressing an Equitable Transition to Electric Vehicles: Current Policies and Recommendations

Addressing an Equitable Transition to Electric Vehicles: Current Policies and Recommendations

As electric vehicles (EVs) become more popular and the US transitions away from fossil fueled transportation, bridging the income gap in EV ownership remains an important challenge. According to the City of Boston, only 8% of Boston EV owners have an annual income of less than $50,000 dollars. Given that EV’s are much cleaner and less expensive to drive, and given that air pollution disproportionally burdens low income communities in the U.S., it is important…
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How To Lower Your Energy Bills

How To Lower Your Energy Bills

Throughout this winter, residents across the Northeast have been experiencing high costs for their electric and gas bills. This rise in utility costs has led residents to turn down their thermostats, limit their electricity use, and do what they can to reduce their grocery purchases. Despite the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities’ mandate to reduce prices by about 4-5% for some gas customers, residents should still expect higher costs to continue throughout the season. Aside…
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Revamped Mass Save Incentives for 2022

At our March communities meeting, Mass Save representatives presented on the completely revamped Mass Save energy efficiency incentive programs for 2022. As a reminder, communities served by National Grid, Eversource, Cape Light Compact, Unitil, Liberty and Berkshire Gas all pay into a fund that is used by the Mass Save program to fund energy efficiency. Our partner communities served by a Municipal Light Plants have energy efficiency services that vary - from the innovators to…
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Update on our Commitment to Environmental Justice

MassEnergize is taking steps to ensure that we are not perpetuating inequity and environmental injustice in our work and that we are actively working to achieve greater equity. We wish to bring the voices of disadvantaged communities into our thinking, conversations and work. To that end, we committed two full-time 2021 summer internships specifically to this effort. We were fortunate enough to recruit Jacob Abeka and Tina Zheng to engage in this work. Tina Zheng…
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