Author Archives: Carrie Klein

Introducing the Falcon Curve

Sometimes, you need to define a challenge in order to communicate how you are solving it.  To reach carbon reduction goals nationally, we must transition our buildings—a huge source of greenhouse gas emissions—off of fossil fuels. In carrying out this energy transition to electricity powered by renewable energy, we need a plan that minimizes cost…

Home is Where the Pipeline Ends

New research by HEET, Harvard, and PSE Healthy Energy finds chemical contamination in natural gas delivered to homes. Read the study here. In 2015, a natural gas storage facility near Porter Ranch, California, sprung a leak. It went on to release nearly 100,000 tons of gas into the air over four months, becoming the largest gas…

What is the Future of Gas?

This year has been a critical time to consider the future of gas – or the lack of a future for gas! Climate laws across the country are driving states to drastically reduce emissions. To actually achieve those reductions, we must transition our energy systems away from carbon-based fuels that warm and pollute the atmosphere,…

Six GeoMicroDistrict 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 networked geothermal 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…

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

In a 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 and…