Energy Case Studies

CEERE has developed case studies on a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout the northeast. For information about projects we have directly worked on, see our Success Stories page.

Combined Heat and Power

Find case studies about CHP systems on the U.S. Department of Energy's Northeast CHP Technical Assistance Partnership website.

Municipal Energy Efficiency

Through the UMass Clean Energy Extension, we are working with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources in support of the Green Communities program. One of the five criteria to earn designation as a Green Community is to develop a five year plan to reduce municipal energy use by 20%. We developed case studies on the seven cities and towns that achieved the 20% reduction by 2015:

This diverse group of cities and towns were designated as Green Communities in 2010 and 2011, the first two years of the program. Some had already implemented measures to reduce municipal energy consumption before the program began, while others got started with the support of Green Communities grants. As described in these case studies, the communities took varied approaches to reducing their energy consumption. These efforts resulted in annual energy cost savings ranging from $55,000 to $1.4 million.

As of December 2015, 155 communities, nearly half of the cities and towns in Massachusetts, have been designated by DOER as Green Communities. For information on becoming a Green Community and qualifying for grants, see this page.