The U.S. Department of Energy will set new, national standards for walk-in coolers and freezers, metal halide lamps, commercial refrigeration equipment, and electric motors to increase energy efficiency.
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.
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.
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.