Author Archives: Carrie Klein

Six GeoGrid demos approved for Massachusetts!

As The Boston Globe recently reported, Eversource Gas and National Grid Gas, the two largest utilities in Massachusetts, have both received approval to install demonstration projects using HEET’s GeoGrid model: non-emitting systems of networked ground source heat pumps.  The Mass. Attorney General’s Office will oversee an opportunity to design, install, own and operate an additional GeoGrid…

Environmental justice communities in Massachusetts have a higher density of gas leaks, according to new research by Salem State University and HEET

In a new peer-reviewed paper, Salem State University Professor Marcos Luna and HEET Director Dominic Nicholas examined over 26,000 gas leaks in relation to demographic groups. Their findings show that low-income and communities of color, as well as renters, limited English-speaking households and adults with lower levels of education, are disproportionately exposed to gas leaks…

Massachusetts state house allocates $5M of ARPA funds to networked geothermal research 

At the start of 2022, HEET received the exciting news that $5 million of Massachusetts’ American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding has been allocated to researching networked geothermal energy. With six GeoGrid demonstration installations moving forward in-state, rigorous independent data collection and analysis of the results is essential.   We are so grateful to Senator Barrett…

We’re on the radio!

Thanks to Harvard Radio, WHRB 95.3 FM, for producing this PSA with HEET! Learn about HEET’s GeoGrid, a non-emitting system of networked ground source heat pumps that heats and cools homes without natural gas, and the six GeoGrid demonstration installations moving forward in Massachusetts: Construction on one install by Eversource Gas is set to begin…

Charrette Update: Growing the GeoGrid

HEET’s charrettes bring together utility representatives, environmental advocates, legislators, geothermal experts and other stakeholders to share knowledge on the best path forward for the GeoGrid (a system of networked ground source heat pumps). This fall, stakeholders gathered over Zoom to discuss what legal and regulatory changes will be necessary to allow the GeoGrid to expand,…

EJAir Partners with All In Energy to Support Weatherization in Boston Communities

Our newest program, EJAir (Environmental Justice Air), is partnering with the non-profit All In Energy to help improve the connection between environmental justice communities and Mass Save’s weatherization and energy efficiency upgrades.  Energy efficiency upgrades can reduce carbon emissions, save households money and improve air quality.  Through this new partnership, EJAir will provide outreach to…