Clean Energy Corps
CEE is proud to feature the UMass Clean Energy Corps as a critical aspect of our efforts to help achieve both the UMass educational mission and the clean energy goals of the Commonwealth. Established in 2016, the Corps is a student-centered initiative focused on assisting entities across the Commonwealth develop and meet their clean energy goals. The Corps is trained, coordinated and managed by Professor Ben Weil and the CEE staff. The Corps provides energy analysis and consulting services to Massachusetts cities and towns, trains students in advanced energy analysis and auditing techniques, draws high caliber students to the sustainability undergraduate and graduate programs, and helps UMass and CEE demonstrate the value of their integrated teaching, extension, and research programs to the public. The primary goals of the Corps are to:
- Give students hands-on energy assessment, building science, and clean energy project management experience while working with real-life business clients and projects;
- Link Massachusetts communities to the technical assistance and workforce capacity they need to envision, develop, and meet their clean energy goals; and
- Prepare the next generation of energy professionals entering the Massachusetts clean energy economy.
Summer 2019 Clean Energy Corps Members
B.S. Natural Resources Conservation (2019)
B.S. Environmental Sciences and Economics Minor (2020)
Fall 2018/Spring 2019 Clean Energy Corps Members
B.S. Natural Resources Conservation (2019)
Most Streamed Spotify Artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers
B.S. Natural Resources Conservation (2020)
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B.S. Geography - GIS; Natural Resources Conservation (2020)
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Current Clean Energy Corps Projects
Corps members are working with CEE staff to provide energy analysis
and consulting services to Massachusetts cities and towns under DOER’s Green Communities program,
which aims to help cities and towns identify and implement clean energy solutions that reduce costs, addresses climate goals, and strengthen local economies. Students and staff work in partnership with cities and towns to perform a baseline assessment of energy use and develop plans to meet Green Communities’ 20% energy reduction goals. Read how the Corps helped Greenfield, MA surpass their energy reduction goals here.
Carbon Neutral Planning
A growing number of Massachusetts cities and towns have passed resolutions committing to the goal of 100% renewable energy or zero carbon emissions. Introductory checklists and toolkits are available to aid communities in developing plans to move towards this goal, but the tools require further development and expansion to provide meaningful support for municipal planning. Clean Energy Corps member Jessica Mooring is working with CEE Postdoctoral Research Fellow Zara Dowling to develop effective, user-friendly factsheets and spreadsheet tools to allow communities to identify clear and achievable paths to carbon neutrality.
Social Equity Distribution of the MA Solar Market
Clean Energy Corps member Pranav Heryani is working with Professor Crago in Resource Economics and Professor Breger in Environmental Conservation and Clean Energy Extension to evaluate the equity impacts of the Massachusetts RPS Solar Carve-Out programs. The state programs led to nearly 90,000 solar PV systems being installed between 2010 and 2018, and placed MA as one of the leading states in solar growth. The research analysis will evaluate the state databases of the 90,000 qualified systems, and allocate the distribution of economic rents across these projects.
Greening Municipal Fleets: Data Analysis and Report
CAFE Summer Scholar Dugan Becker worked as a member of CEE's Clean Energy Corps to investigate municipal vehicle fuel usage levels, trends, and patterns in rural communities, identify best practices for reducing vehicle fuel usage and its associated costs, and provide practical resources to rural Massachusetts communities seeking to advance vehicle efficiency. His report addresses the transportation‐related issues unique to rural communities by:
- Identifying the major barriers that frequently prevent rural communities from achieving optimal fuel efficiency in their fleets
- Pinpointing some of the primary sources of fuel consumption/inefficiency within rural communities
- Enumerating some of the promising tools and techniques available to communities to assist in their reduction efforts
The full report is available here: Reducing Municipal Vehicle Fuel Consumption in Rural Massachusetts Communities
Offshore Wind and Energy Storage
Corps members are working with CEE Director Dwayne Breger to develop a system dynamic model that simulates the energy, capacity, and economic implications of adding large-scale energy storage to offshore wind projects. Students are exploring the connections between the annual performance of offshore wind and wholesale energy markets to demonstrate and optimize the value added by storage to wind developers and ratepayers in the context of the anticipated offshore wind development off the coast of Massachusetts.
Read a summary of the modeling effort here: Modeling Approaches
Check out the project poster here: Offshore Wind and Energy Modeling - Poster