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HEET Supports Lockdown Food Deliveries

When the coronavirus struck Massachusetts, Ana Javier of the Merrimack Valley Project identified families in Lawrence who were under economic stress and had trouble accessing food due to language barriers or other concerns. Ana worked with her community and the employees and Board of HEET to get food delivered. After the first delivery, Ana received…

Gas Leak Maps Now Include 2019 Data

Massachusetts gas distribution utilities have been required since 2014 to report annually to the Department of Public Utilities the location of gas leaks and leak repairs in their territories. For five years, HEET has used the data in these reports to create detailed maps showing where gas leaks and repairs are located in over 300…

HEET in the News

HEET received a national sustainability award! Together with Buro Happold Engineering, we won the American Planning Association (APA) Sustainable Communities Division award for the GeoMicroDistrict Feasibility Study.  The study explores whether replacing segments of the aging natural gas infrastructure in Massachusetts with ground source heat pump technology can meet heating and cooling needs at various…

HEET runs Utility-Scale Geothermal Charrette in MIT’s January Session

There was a lot of ENERGY in the room during the four Utility-Scale Geothermal sessions in MIT’s January IAP (Independent Activities Period). Participants included people from MIT, Grey Edge, Eversource, National Grid, ERDA Energy, NEGPA, NYGEO, University of New Hampshire, many state regulatory agencies, and the Cities of Boston and Cambridge. Together they took on…

WBUR Highlights HEET Influence

WBUR reporter Bruce Gellerman explains how HEET promoted interconnecting wells to build GeoMicroDistricts that can replace gas infrastructure. How A Climate Change Nonprofit Got Eversource Thinking About A Geothermal Future tells the story of HEET’s work to build a relationship with the utilities, with the successful result of three geothermal pilots in the works.

Legislation for a Gas-Free FUTURE

After the Merrimack Valley gas disaster, HEET spearheaded ideas for omnibus gas legislation, then worked with Gas Leaks Allies and 51 cosponsors to rethink how gas companies deliver heat to customers in Massachusetts. Our state’s requirement to reduce emissions 80% by 2050 means that our gas companies, with all of their workers, have no long-term…

LVL DEF AND NO DPU REG

What does that mean?! Translation: HEET has persuaded ALL the gas companies in Massachusetts to start identifying the largest gas leaks this summer so they can start to be fixed, cutting methane emissions significantly.   Even though our Department of Public Utilities has not yet enacted regulations on how to address these “environmentally significant” leaks,…