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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.  

Meet the Summer 2017 Clean Energy Corps  


Nicholas Cutrone

Nicholas Cutrone 

Newburyport, MA 

B.S. Natural Resource Conservation; Resource Economics (2019) 

Favorite Season: Summer



Rebecca Howard
Rebecca Howard 

Easthampton, MA 

B.S. BDIC: Sustainability Science (2019) 

Favorite Season: Summer 

Jeremy PriceJeremy Price 

Harwich Port, MA

Master of Regional Planning: Land-use & Environmental Planning (2017)

Masters of Sustainability Science: Renewable Energy (2018) 

Favorite Season: Fall 


Matthew Reymond
Matthew Raymond 

Fairfield, CT 

B.A. Sustainable Building Science & Technology (2018) 

Favorite Season: Summer 


Prasanna Srinivasan
Prasanna Srinivasan 

Chennai, India 

M.S. Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (2019) 

Favorite Season: Winter 


Juan Toro-Killion
Juan Toro-Killion 

Burlington, NJ

B.S. Geography; Hospitality & Tourism Management (2018) 

Favorite Season: Fall 


Current Clean Energy Corps Projects

Green Communities 

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.  


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


Renewable Thermal Mapping

Together with CEE staff, Corps members are working
to create geographic information system (GIS) databases and visualizations that help to identify promising locations and
commercial sectors that might benefit from renewable thermal technologies such as solar hot water, heat pumps, modern wood heating, district heating, and more. Corps members are compiling factors such as the size, location, business type, and fuels used in commercial facilities with large heating demands that might best take advantage of renewable thermal technologies. Regional heating demands can then be compiled and visualized together with strategic partners (e.g., heating supply companies) that can help to outreach to and further develop these markets.


UMass Heat Load Analysis


As the UMass central heating plant approaches its current heating capacity, CEE is partnering with the UMass Physical Plant to analyze new options for heating buildings on campus. Corps members are working with the Physical Plant and the Office of Sustainability to identify buildings that may be appropriate candidates for distributed renewable thermal technologies in place of the steam district heating system currently used throughout campus.