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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 GeoMicroDistrict 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 GeoMicroDistrict…

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 GeoMicroDistrict demonstration installations moving forward in-state, rigorous independent data collection and analysis of the results is essential.   We are so grateful to Senator Barrett…