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| ||From left to right: Berl Hartman, Jay Baldwin, Pat Cloney, Wayne Davis, Dianne Callan |
We've all heard about the many obstacles facing renewable energy: unreliable government policies; lack of a level playing field with traditional fossil fuels; difficult financing - to name just a few. At the September 28th luncheon in Boston, E2 New England members and guests were encouraged by the presentations of three remarkable innovators who are blazing a trail and succeeding in renewable energy. Pat Cloney,
Executive Director of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, described the Wind Technology Center, a new facility located in nearby Charlestown, as the “most functional and most flexible blade testing center in North America - if not the world”. This facility was a recent recipient of start up funds from the MassCEC, created by the Green Jobs Act in 2008 to invest in clean technology, workforce development and support the development of a clean energy cluster. The WTC, opened in 2011, has an 18-month testing pipeline and created 300 construction and 10 permanent jobs. Another recipient of MassCEC funds, Next Step Living, provides energy efficiency services for homeowners, utilizing employees trained through MassCEC’s “Pathways Out of Poverty” green jobs training program. Harvest Power
, is “empowering organics” - turning organic waste into renewable energy and soil enhancement products. Wayne Davis,
VP of Incentives and Government Affairs, presented Harvest’s impressive business strategy to finance, design, build, own
, and operate
state-of-the-art organics recycling centers for North American communities and corporate partners. Founded in late 2008, Harvest employs nearly 400 employees, processing more than 1.8 million tons of waste material per year. ACCIONA Energy North America
, is the North American branch of one of the world’s largest renewable energy companies. Globally, ACCIONA has more than 9000MW of renewable energy, representing eight different technologies. Dan Foley
, as CEO of ACCONIA, was well qualified to give the E2 audience a primer on the “New Wind Economics
,” including recent performance increases, the favorable LCOE (Levelized Cost of Energy) compared to all new generation sources, and the job creation potential of wind energy.
E2 would like to thank our host, the law firm Mintz Levin LLP
, for the use of its conference facilities and the luncheon fare.
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