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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…

A Deep Dive Into New Methane Emissions Research

Methane emissions in Massachusetts are six times higher than the state’s estimates, according to research published this November by Harvard University and Boston University scientists (Sargent, M.R., Floerchinger, C., McKain, K., Budney, J., Gottlieb, E.W., Hutyra, L.R., Rudek, J., and Wofsy, S.C.). Their research also finds that methane emissions have not decreased significantly between 2015…

Replacing Massachusetts’s gas pipes will cost billions, new report shows

According to an eye-opening report detailed in this week’s Boston Globe, billions of dollars are being poured into installing brand new gas pipes in Massachusetts–even as the state transitions off fossil fuels.  The report, commissioned by the Gas Leaks Allies coalition, found that the state’s Gas System Enhancement Program, or GSEP, was “intended to increase…

Meet Kai Palmer-Dunning: A Q&A with HEET’s Newest Director!

HEET’s new Director of Environmental Justice Community Outreach, Kai Palmer-Dunning, will be leading efforts to improve Boston air quality and respiratory health as a part of HEET’s EJAir (Environmental Justice Air) program. EJAir focuses on reducing emissions and energy bills for environmental justice communities in Boston through energy efficiency retrofits available through the Mass Save…

Monthly Charrette Snapshot: Eversource Site Selection

Each month, HEET hosts a Community Charrette covering a variety of topics related to networked geothermal demonstration projects. Enterprising gas companies—keen to explore cost efficient replacements for increasingly ineffective and outdated gas system business models—have already committed to $30 million in demonstration installations in Massachusetts (Eversource Gas and Merrimack Valley Installations) and New York (NYSERDA,…