• November 30, 2018

    CESA Wins Renewable Thermal Grant

    The Yale Center for Business and the Environment’s Renewable Thermal Alliance (RTA) has awarded CESA a 2018 RTA Seed Innovation Grant. CESA will use this grant to work with four CESA member states (CT, MA, NY, RI) to develop a carbon cost calculator that will readily provide residential and business owners the cost savings and reduced greenhouse gas impacts associated with the installation of a renewable heating and cooling systems. HeatSmart communities will be the calculator's primary initial audience. Read more here.

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  • October 7, 2015

    New Hampshire Promotes Better Wood Heating

    New Hampshire’s location in northern New England means that the winters are long and cold. Heating costs are high and can be crushing for many households, especially because many parts of the state do not have access to cheap energy from natural gas. For affordable heating, many residents turn to the same resource that has been keeping homes in the state warm for centuries: wood.

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  • May 8, 2014

    California Energy Commission Collaborates to Support Low-Cost Solar Thermal Energy

    Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has joined with the California Energy Commission to support the commercialization of a low-cost, commercial-scale solar thermal energy technology with the promise to help businesses save money, conserve energy and support California's environmental goals.

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  • March 1, 2014

    Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund Issues RFP for Thermal Energy Finance Pilot Program

    The Vermont Public Service Department (PSD) and its Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) seek proposals from qualified financial institutions interested in development of the Vermont Thermal Energy Finance Pilot Program (TEF Pilot). The TEF Pilot seeks to demonstrate the ability of a new energy service provider/finance model to accelerate the number of residential thermal energy upgrades in the state. Questions regarding the Request for Proposals (RFP) will be accepted until March 19, 2014. Please click here to download the RFP. Hard copies and electronic copies of proposals are due 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 4, 2014.

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  • February 19, 2014

    MassCEC, MassDOER and MassDEP Collaborate on Woodstove Change-Out Program

    Tom Fournier, manager of HearthWorks Centers in North Reading, heartily approves of the new round of Commonwealth’s Woodstove Change-out Program the state announced yesterday.

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  • February 14, 2014

    NYSERDA Funds Development of Biomass Heating Equipment

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $3 million has been awarded to 18 research institutions, technology developers and biomass-fuel businesses to encourage the growth of high-efficiency, low-emission wood-fired heating equipment. These projects support the governor’s Renewable Heat NY program, which looks to encourage the expansion of the high-performance biomass heating market and raise consumer awareness, support the development of advanced technology heating products, develop local sustainable heating markets and encourage the use of this renewable fuel.

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  • December 19, 2013

    New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission Announces New Commercial and Industrial Wood Pellet Rebate Program

    The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission has just announced that a new rebate program for non-residential wood pellet boilers/furnaces is now open for business.

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  • February 28, 2013

    MASS CEC Wood Pellet Boiler Program Offers Discounts for High-Efficiency Boilers

    Residents could receive up to $15,000 toward the purchase of new, high efficiency models

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  • July 2, 2012

    MassCEC Announces New Multi-Year Incentive Program for Solar Hot Water

    Contact:  Eric Macaux (617) 315-9344

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  • June 27, 2012

    NH Sets Up Renewable Thermal Energy Carve-out for RPS

    On June 25, 2012, NH Governor John Lynch signed legislation adding renewable thermal energy technologies to the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS), currently set at 23.8 percent by 2025. The new bill requires that utilities source a portion of that 23.8 percent of renewable energy from thermal sources including wood pellet boilers, solar water heating panels and geothermal heating and cooling systems. It sets specific annual targets for renewable thermal energy and ramps up slowly.

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