Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

From Open Energy Information

The Mission[edit]

Creating a Greener Energy Future for the Commonwealth - economically and environmentally, including:

  • Achieving all cost-effective energy efficiencies
  • Maximizing development of greener energy resources
  • Creating and leading implementation of energy strategies to assure reliable supplies and improve relative cost
  • Supporting clean tech companies and spurring clean energy employment

Key Initiatives[edit]

  • Energy Efficiency- Massachusetts is a national leader helping individuals, companies, organizations, and the government make better choices about energy. They want to save money, time and the environment.
  • Energy Recovery Dollars at Work- American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding is being put to work across the Commonwealth, with clean energy investments a key focus of the Massachusetts Recovery efforts. That’s why many stimulus funds have been dedicated to improving energy efficiency through building retrofits; increasing renewable energy use through solar energy installations; and helping residents purchase durable, high efficiency home appliances.
  • Energy Market Data- Get data and other information related to energy markets including electric customer migration data and lists of competitive suppliers for electricity and natural gas. Also includes reports and regulations.
  • Green Communities-The Green Communities Division empowers the Commonwealth's cities and towns to reduce their energy use and their carbon footprint on the journey towards healthier communities and stronger economies.
  • Renewable Energy- Provides information regarding the different kinds of renewable energy, funding programs and incentives, installation assistance and more. Examples of renewable energy include wind and solar power.
  • Leading by Example-The Leading by Example Program (LBE) was established in April 2007 by Governor Deval Patrick’s Executive Order No. 484, "Leading by Example - Clean Energy and Efficient Buildings". The program is overseen by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) and the Executive Office for Administration and Finance (A&F). Within these two offices, various divisions and departments manage specific aspects of the program, including the Department of Energy Resources, Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Capital Asset Management, and the Operational Services Division.

The LBE Program encompasses all of Massachusetts’ executive agencies and public institutions of higher education. These agencies and institutions own 65 million square feet of buildings and 8,000 vehicles, employ over 65,000 people, and include 29 college campuses. Through various initiatives, LBE works to reduce the overall environmental impacts of state government operations, particularly climate and energy impacts. Executive Order 484 establishes higher energy efficiency standards in the operation of state buildings, setting short- and long-term targets and goals to advance clean energy and efficiency, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. In addition, the LBE Program promotes sustainability activities within state government including waste reduction, water conservation, green buildings, alternatives fuels, efficient transportation, and recycling.