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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 Enterprising gas companies—keen to explore cost efficient replacements for increasingly ineffective and outdated gas system business models—have already committed to $30 million in demonstration installations in Massachusetts (Eversource Gas and Merrimack Valley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,…

Get Involved! Name HEET’s Networked Ground Source Heat Pump System

HEET is pioneering a radical transformation of gas utilities into non-emitting thermal utilities, transitioning them away from delivering fossil fuels to instead delivering heating and cooling through networked ground source heat pumps. The model utilizes underground pipes in the gas utility’s right-of-way in the street to deliver ambient-temperature water to buildings. Heat pumps in each…

Modernizing the Grid in D.C.

We are excited to announce that HEET Founder and Co-Executive Director, Audrey Schulman, won the Advanced Energy Group’s Washington July Speaker Challenge on Grid Modernization.  Audrey, along with four other speakers, presented pressing challenges to achieving Washington D.C.’s carbon and equity goals. HEET’s winning obstacle statement focused on the need for a data-based transition plan…

HEET Maps Offer Emissions Data

May 27, 2021 | by Dominic Nicholas HEET has updated the gas leak maps—and this year you can see the estimated emissions for each town. The maps now show 2020 data for each city and town with gas service. The new emissions calculator page explains how we calculated the emissions for each town. You can enter your own data…

Fixing Super-Emitting Leaks

May 27, 2021 | By Dominic Nicholas HEET continues to act as a watchdog, verifying utilities identification and repair of their super-emitting gas leaks—these are the leaks that emit most of the greenhouse gas methane directly into the atmosphere. Our goal over the next five years is to be the first in the nation to…