$100,000 Renewable Energy Leadership Prize

February 25, 2016

February 23, 2016 – A new clean energy leadership competition sponsored by the Boston Green Ribbon Commission (GRC) spawned a variety of innovative approaches for large-scale adoption of renewable energy, demonstrating the Greater Boston area’s appetite for and readiness to lead the way toward a clean, sustainable energy future.  PowerOptions, which won the GRC’s first-ever Renewable Energy Leadership Prize, will use its $100,000 contest award to enable Tufts University and Endicott College to benefit from 12 megawatts (MW) of wind energy for their campus facilities. The Prize, which was announced last summer, achieved its objective of spurring local leaders who...

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Solar Array Unveiled at Franklin High School

November 13, 2015

FRANKLIN, MA, Nov. 13— Congressman Joe P. Kennedy III joined state and local leaders today to unveil a new 1.3 megawatt solar system at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School in Franklin, Mass. The newly finished system is expected to generate more than $1 million in energy cost savings for the school over the next 20 years and will provide more than 1,000 students with an exciting opportunity to learn about the environmental and cost benefits of solar. Nonprofit energy buying consortium PowerOptions and renewable energy development company SunEdison worked together to bring the solar system to fruition. PowerOptions leveraged...

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RFP Issued for Renewable Energy Provider

October 16, 2015

Boston, MA, Oct. 16— Massachusetts’ premiere energy-buying consortium PowerOptions is seeking developers to supply wholesale renewable energy to individual members of its 500 member consortium, particularly larger institutions such as area hospitals, universities and municipalities. The innovative new energy supply program will provide PowerOptions members with a pre-negotiated power purchase agreement (PPA) to receive electricity directly from a renewable energy project located within the ISO-NE region or deliverable into the region. The total procurement level sought is a minimum 10 MWs of capacity which can be supplied from one or more projects. “The PPA allows our larger members to purchase...

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PowerOptions Inks Contract with Solect

October 8, 2015

Boston, MA, Oct. 8— PowerOptions, the state’s leading energy-buying consortium, today announced it selected solar provider Solect Energy, the leading full-service commercial-scale solar developer and installer in Massachusetts, to lead its innovative Small Systems Solar program, providing savings and certainty for entities with smaller projects. The program builds on the success of PowerOptions’ existing Large Scale Solar program, streamlining the process with pre-negotiated, competitively priced solar power structured to capture the benefits of tax incentives for nonprofits and government entities. The program fills a clear, unmet need in the marketplace, making small to mid-scale solar projects much more accessible to...

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Proposals for Renewable Energy PPA

October 2, 2015

PowerOptions, Inc., a non-profit energy buying consortium comprised of non-profit educational, healthcare and cultural institutions and city, town and state governmental entities in Massachusetts is soliciting proposals from interested Renewable Energy project developers for a Renewable Energy project in New England or capable of delivering energy to ISO-New England. This Request for Proposals is available to renewable energy project developers interested in offering a long term renewable energy PPA to members of the PowerOptions consortium. It is anticipated the Renewable Energy PPA contract will be offered to interested, qualified members beginning as soon as 2016. The Request for Proposals is...

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Program Launch for Smaller Solar Projects

April 1, 2015

Boston, April 1 —Massachusetts’ premiere energy-buying consortium PowerOptions today issued a Request for Qualifications for solar developers, to launch a new solar program for smaller projects. The new program will compliment PowerOptions’ existing solar program for area hospitals and universities, and nonprofit and government entities of all kinds. “This new program for smaller solar projects follows on the success of our existing PowerOptions Solar, with nearly 10 megawatts of currently operational photovoltaic systems and over 60 total megawatts under contract and in various stages of development,” said PowerOptions President and CEO Cynthia A. Arcate. “It will save our members time...

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Returning PowerOptions Board Member

March 23, 2015

Boston, March 17— PowerOptions, the state’s premiere energy-buying consortium for nonprofits and government entities, today announced that Barbara “Bobbi” Kates-Garnick, a former state Energy Undersecretary and Keyspan officer, with more than 30 years experience in both the public and private sector, is rejoining its Board of Directors. Kates-Garnick, a Boston resident, is currently a professor at Tufts University’s Fletcher School, where she is also the director of the Energy Climate and Innovation Program. She was an original member of the team of experts who conceived of and created PowerOptions and was a founding member of PowerOptions’ Board of Trustees, where...

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New Senior Energy Leader on Board

February 4, 2015

BOSTON, February 4— PowerOptions, Massachusetts’ leading nonprofit energy buying consortium, has again added to its experienced leadership team, hiring a senior leader from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources to help ensure continued success and growth. Meg Lusardi, a mechanical engineer with more than 25 years of experience in private-sector, nonprofit and civil service energy engineering and operations positions, joins the PowerOptions team in February as its Executive Vice President. Lusardi comes to PowerOptions from a position as acting commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. In the newly created PowerOptions role, Lusardi will lead a team, building on...

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PowerOptions Calls for Action on Natural Gas

December 20, 2014

Boston, MA, August 7—PowerOptions, Massachusetts’ largest energy buying group, today issued its position paper on the natural gas pipeline capacity constraints that are wreaking havoc on New England’s energy markets and producing some of the the highest electricity and natural gas prices in the country. The paper, “An Expedient Solution to New England’s Natural Gas Constraints,” outlines the severity of the situation, and summarizes the regional discussion to date in simple terms for its Members and other non-industry readers. The paper particularly decodes the approach proposed by the New England Governors in January in a letter to the New England...

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Letter to Legislators Regarding Clean Energy

December 20, 2014

I am writing on behalf of PowerOptions with concerns about the proposed Clean Energy Resources Bill, H.  4187 (previously H. 3968), which mandates electric distribution companies procure and sign long term contracts for a very large amount of  energy. The amount of electric energy (18,900,000 MWh or approximately 2,400 MWs) is so great that, from a practical standpoint, the contract will be for large scale hydroelectric power from outside the region, i.e. Canada. The proposed amount of increased energy to the region, coupled with the subsidization of both the purchase and the transmission infrastructure to deliver the energy, will flood...

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