Massachusetts Advocacy

“Credit Where Credit Is Due” in Massachusetts

Renewable fuels to heat and cool buildings have many virtues, but their use for this purpose is distressingly low. Fuels such as biomass, biogas, and liquid biofuels—as well as geothermal, solar heating, and ocean thermal systems—can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, stabilize volatile energy costs, increase local jobs, and keep consumer energy spending local. Despite these […]

Gov. Patrick Signs Landmark Legislation Promoting Geothermal in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) has signed into law a comprehensive renewable thermal energy bill that promises to promote clean renewable fuels and technologies for heating and cooling buildings. The State Senate unanimously passed S.2214 on June 19, and the House of Representatives on Aug. 1. The new law will go into effect on Jan. […]

Massachusetts Thermal Legislation Update

The Massachusetts Renewable Thermal Coalition continues to broaden its support for legislation that would expand the market for thermal energy in the Commonwealth. State Sen. Barry Finegold introduced coalition-crafted legislation in January that would add thermal renewable energy (including geothermal heat pumps) to the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard. The coalition is comprised of geothermal […]