Energy ~ resources

Photo of Energy Star windowPhoto of Hadley Falls hydro station signPhoto of solar cells arrayPhoto of natural gas powered busPhoto of hybrid car

Photos: (1) Energy Star triple-glazed energy conserving window, (2) Hadley Falls (MA) hydroelectric station sign, (3) Photovoltaic array at Mass. Audubon center in Wellfleet, MA, (4) Natural gas-powered city bus in Washington, DC (5) Hybrid gas-electric car

Organizational resources, regional

New England Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA). NESEA is one of the leading alternative energy organizations in the northeast, putting on an important annual conference that has become the area trade show for renewable energy and energy efficiency products. The conferences also offer educational workshops concerning sustainable energy and energy efficiency.

Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) PVPC is the area's regional planning commission, engaged in planning and studies for municipalities and consortia in the Pioneer Valley region in Massachusetts, as well as studies for the region as a whole, for energy, economic development, housing, transportation and other sectors. See their important Clean Energy Plan for the Pioneer Valley, discussed in the Reports, books and articles section below.

Coop Power Coop Power is both a network of people advocating for sustainable energy and a more just future, and an alternative energy cooperative. It has raised over $2 million towards the creation of a biodiesel production facility in Greenfield, MA, to use waste vegetable oil as a feedstock.

Springfield Area Sustainable Energy Association This is the Springfield, MA area chapter of the New England Sustainable Energy Association. At their bimonthly meetings (check website for time and place), they have speakers on renewable energy, energy conservation, reducing the use of fossil fuels, and other important topics.

Organizational resources, national

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) UCS has been a long-active national advocate of clean, renewable energy sources. They provide extremely useful background primers on various types of renewable energy at their "Clean Energy 101" webpage. They are currently lobbying Congress in support of a National Renewable Electricty Standard that would require utilities to use 25% renewable energy sources for the generation of electricity in the U.S. by 2025, a measure proposed by Massachusetts Congressman Ed Markey and others. This would be an important step in reducing U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases and in building our country's energy independence and security. For more information, go to the UCS webpage on a National Renewable Electricity Standard.

Apollo Alliance Under the slogan "Clean Energy, Good Jobs," the Apollo Alliance advocates for the restoration of American manufacturing through investment in alternative energy. The Alliance favors a crash effort, similar to the Apollo moon program, to achieve energy independence based on renewable energy sources. The website is a good source of case studies of green industry around the country, particularly in the energy sector, and they have important updates on legislation that could promote clean energy and clean energy manufacturing. Their Green Manufacturing Action Plan, available at GreenMAP, is a similarly useful source of accounts of clean energy manufacturing, such as U.S. production of wind turbines and their components.

American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) The AWEA website carries the latest news on legislation affecting wind projects and has a database link for jobs in the field of wind energy. The Association runs regular symposia and workshops on wind energy.

American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) Similar to AWEA, but with a broader focus on all renewables. ACORE organizes conferences and webinars on renewable energy and carries legislative updates. The News Room section of its website also carries technical news on the latest on the wind, solar, biofuels and other renewable fronts.

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