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   The city of Springfield, Massachusetts cut its municipal energy use by 26 percent and now wants residents and businesses to follow the example.

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A new scorecard says Massachusetts, Vermont, and New York are among the most energy efficient states in the country.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott (right) announces efficiency incentive with Vermont Gas CEO Don Rendell
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott was in Burlington Thursday to announce a new energy efficiency incentive.

Berkshire Earth Expo

Apr 1, 2019

For the past three years, Living the Change Berkshires has been a key organizer of an annual climate and sustainability fair, the Berkshire Earth Expo, focused on energy efficiency, climate resilience, and environmental action. Presented in collaboration with community partners, the events feature climate friendly vendors, exhibits, workshops, speakers, games and art-making for kids, poetry readings, an art show, music and more.

The 2019 Berkshire Earth Expo will take place on April 6 at the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. This year, they are presenting the Cooler Community Challenge in conjunction with the Expo.

To tell us more we welcome Lead organizer of the Expo, Uli Nagel of Living the Change; head of children’s activities at the Expo Anne Legêne of Living the Change; 4th grade teacher at the Muddybrook School in Great Barrington Molly Cosel; and Sam Dobson, 4th grader at the Muddybrook School, member of the green team, son and grandson of farmers.

Dutchess County officials have announced the formation of a Climate Smart Communities Task Force.

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A leading environmental advocacy organization has released a report outlining measures the country could take to increase renewable energy generation and cut greenhouse gases 80 percent by 2050.

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has announced $4 million in state funding to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in buildings.

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Two energy providers in Burlington are expanding an energy efficiency program to homeowners.

  Jesse Feiler is a developer, consultant, and author specializing in Apple technologies. He is the creator of Minutes Machine for iPad, the meeting management app and Saranac River Trail app a guide to the Trail that includes location-based updates as well as social media tools.

Today, Jesse joins us to talk about what's new in home automation for smart control and energy savings.

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An annual scorecard ranks the Northeast states among the best in energy efficiency policies.  The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranks five states in our region among the top 10 nationally.

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Governor Peter Shumlin and other Vermont officials say a proposed new loan fund will promote energy efficiency in state buildings.

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Vermont has dropped two spots and now ranks seventh in the country on energy efficiency.

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As the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches, environmental groups are looking at ways to prevent a similar weather event.

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A recent agreement aims to improve the energy efficiency of major electrical appliances across the nation. In an agreement with an 11-member coalition including Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut, the U.S. Department of Energy has committed to a schedule to update its standards for electrical equipment. The agreement requires the department to set new, national standards for walk-in coolers and freezers, metal halide lamps, commercial refrigeration equipment, and electric motors.

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Wednesday in Schenectady leaders of local companies, educational institutions, and other stakeholders met with government leaders to discuss opportunities through energy efficiency. 

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This week, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a quasi-public agency that promotes the advancement of renewable energy in the commonwealth, announced that it will contribute $1 million to help affordable housing developments save energy costs by becoming more efficient.

Residents of several Western Massachusetts communities will be able to participate in two separate initiatives designed to encourage energy efficiency.

Open discussions will be held in Lenox and North Adams this week for the public to offer ideas and gain more understanding of the area’s energy goals and of where the future of clean energy is headed.

That’s the goal of a collaborative effort between two organizations, the non-profit Western Massachusetts-based Center for Eco Technology, and the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission.

A recently released report shows that due to an aging infrastructure in Massachusetts, tens of millions of dollars worth of natural gas escapes into the atmosphere before consumers can use it to heat their homes. More from WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard…

Last month the Conservation Law Foundation released a report that said leaky pipes in Massachusetts contribute to a loss of $38.8 million dollars worth of natural gas each year. The losses they say are a public safety hazard, contribute to global warming, and force the customers to pick up the bill.

The mayor of Vermont's largest city says a $1 million grant will help the Burlington Electric Department provide financing to customers for energy efficiency projects.

Mayor Miro Weinberger says the grant will help the city build on its continuing commitment to improve energy efficiency and keep energy costs affordable for Burlington businesses.