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CEE staff lead Eureka! program on renewable energy

CEE led a two-day program to teach local middle-schoolers about renewable energy, as part of the Eureka! Girls, Inc. program.  The young scholars learned about how energy is transformed into usable forms, constructed solar ovens, cooked s'mores, and visited two local renewable energy facilities - the Holyoke hydroelectric facility and the biodigestor at Barstows' Longview Farm.

Clean Energy Extension to provide MassEnergyInsight support services

Starting this July, UMass Clean Energy Extension (CEE) will begin providing user facilitation and support services for MassEnergyInsight (MEI), the free online energy benchmarking and tracking tool used by public entities across the state. 

Clean Energy Corps Completes GHG Inventory & Clean Energy Plan for Mt. Ida campus

In summer 2019, six Clean Energy Corps students from UMass Amherst traveled to Newton to complete a greenhouse gas inventory and clean energy plan for the new Mt. Ida campus, using skills and techniques acquired in a spring 2019 course led by Clean Energy Extension faculty and staff.

Report Offers Ways to Expand Mass. Battery Storage Innovation
Cover of Report on Battery Energy Storage

A new report from UMass Amherst’s Clean Energy Extension, released on July 5, 2019, sees significant potential to accelerate Massachusetts’s emerging energy and battery energy storage (BES) innovation ecosystem.

Greening Municipal Fleets - Work by Clean Energy Corps Member Dugan Becker Featured

In 2018, Dugan Becker, UMass Amherst ’19, was chosen as a CAFE Summer Scholar to collect data that resulted in recommendations for reducing municipal vehicle fuel consumption in rural Massachusetts towns.   His efforts, in collaboration with CEE staff, are featured in a recent news article.

CEE and Professor Crago receive SSEN seed grant to collaborate on study of solar PV and economic equity

An investigation into the equity of solar PV development by Professor Christine Crago and Extension Professor Dwayne Breger was one of three proposals selected for funding through the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) and the School of Earth and Sustainability’s 2019 Social Science and Environment Seed Grant competition.

State funding awarded for renewable water treatment plant upgrade in Amherst

Through a recent grant announced by the Baker/Polito administration, UMass Water and Energy Testing (WET) Center facility will installing, monitoring and commissioning a wastewater source heat pump, which will provide renewable and consistent heating, cooling and hot water to the Amherst Wastewater Treatment Plant from a renewable source.

UMass/CEE awarded MassCEC Offshore Wind Energy Workforce Development grant

On May 10, the Baker-Polito Administration announced $721,500 in grants to six academic institutions and labor organizations to establish workforce training and development programs to support the state’s emerging offshore wind industry.  CEE was honored to receive $105,500 to complete initial design and development of an offshore wind professional certificate program to be offered at the Mt. Ida campus in Newton. 

Clean Energy Corps 2019 Clean Energy Site Assessment presentations

As a component of their Spring 2019 course, the UMass Clean Energy Corps presented their findings this week to stakeholders from the municipalities of Cohasset, Colrain, Montague, Northampton, South Hadley, and Whately, as well as two non-profits, the Drama Studio in Springfield and North Quabbin Harvest Co-op. Faculty and staff from the Building Construction Technology program and the Clean Energy Extension were also in attendance. Working with professor Dr. Ben Weil, the students visited the communities over the course of the semester, conducted in-depth analyses, and then developed proposals that would cut energy use in the largest energy-consuming facilities.

Clean Energy Corps Proposes Community Energy Solutions
Dr. Ben Weil and the 2018 UMass Clean Energy Corps

As a component of their Spring 2018 course, the UMass Clean Energy Corps presented their findings this week to stakeholders from the municipalities of Northampton, Ashfield, Shelburne, Goshen, and Windsor. Faculty and staff from the Building Construction Technology program and the Clean Energy Extension were also in attendance. Working with professor Dr. Ben Weil, the students visited the various communities over the course of the semester, conducted in-depth analyses, and then developed proposals that would cut energy use in the communities’ highest energy-consuming facilities by as much as 72%.

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