Green is the new black

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According to recent reports, the clean energy industry is thriving in Massachusetts.

“Boston set itself apart from other cities with community initiatives such as Renew Boston, a network of energy efficiency and alternative energy providers that coordinate efforts to help the city achieve its energy goals. Those goals include reducing electricity usage by 200 megawatts by 2017, and cutting greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.” –Erin Ailworth, The Boston Globe, September 17, 2013

As we mentioned on our blog last week, the ACEEE recently named Boston the “most energy efficient city in the country,” while another study released from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center reported the number of jobs in the state’s renewable energy sectors to be on the upswing. Approximately 20,000 Massachusetts residents are currently employed in fields ranging from wind, bio-energy, hydropower and solar,  and the numbers are expected to see continued growth.

“Far and away the biggest employment segment was solar, which accounted for nearly 60 percent, or roughly 12,550, of all renewable energy jobs. The solar market has boomed here, attracting companies from around the nation, because of state policies that encourage its growth, including incentive programs and a goal to install 1,600 megawatts of solar generating capacity in the state by 2020 — enough to power up to 400,000 homes. ” –Erin Ailworth

Want to learn more? Listen to a discussion on Massachusetts’ role in the new green economy from voices in the field, from WBUR radio: http://radioboston.wbur.org/2013/09/18/green-is-the-new-black-in-massachusetts

Read the full Boston Globe article here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2013/09/17/boston-tops-energy-efficiency-ranking-shows/e0YgNTajPTvgR5QiTbnq0L/story.html

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