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Mass Energy Summit

WBJ 2024 Mass Energy Summit

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this special forum!

Click Here for presentation by Lisa Wieland, President, National Grid New England

Click Here for presentation by John E. Parsons, Deputy Director for Research, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research at MIT

Click on links below to view Panel I presentation slides:

Kathleen Freeman, OW OceanWinds North America / SouthCoast Wind Projects

Erin A. O'Dea, Great River Hydro, LLC

Kavita Ravi, BlueWave Solar

Shawn Luz, City of Framingham

Additional Resources from Panel II - Empowering Businesses for a Sustainable Future - Leveraging  Energy Incentives:

Mass Save Business Rebates & Incentives - Incentives to help you start saving money and achieve your greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Mass Save Equipment & Systems Performance Optimization (ESPO) for existing large buildings - Optimize your building's equipment settings for your current needs.

Retrofit Playbook for Large Buildings - new resource from NYSERDA, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority for those looking to decarbonize large buildings.

NEEP resource on IRA Tax Credits – Commercial Buildings and Property. 

Case study from New Ecology of an affordable mutli-family development (Nonantum Village Place Apartments) that is braiding together multiple funding streams to decarbonize.

CET’s Carbon Conscious Business Accreditation

Directory - high-performance building professionals.

MassCEC’s BETA: Project Planning program.


The ACT School Bus program.


While all businesses want to lower their energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint, there have never been stronger incentives to accomplish those goals than today. A combination of state and federal incentives are helping businesses lower the ROI on energy efficiency projects and other efforts to become more green.

The annual Mass Energy Summit, produced by the Worcester Business Journal in partnership with National Grid, will offer a number of speakers and expert panels that will inform businesses, nonprofits, municipalities and consumers about their energy options. We’ll dig into how the markets work and where the incentives and resources are to help them transform their energy usage.

Don’t miss this timely forum - designed for organizations who want to learn more about their energy options!

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  • Lisa Wieland
    President, National Grid New England
  • John E. Parsons
    Deputy Director for Research, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Michael Judge
    Undersecretary of Energy · Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Panel I - Moderator:

  • Amanda Zuretti
    Of Counsel, Bowditch

Panel 1 - PANELISTS:

  • Erin A. O'Dea
    President & CEO, Great River Hydro, LLC
  • Kathleen Freeman
    Senior Manager, Permitting & Environmental, OW OceanWinds North America / SouthCoast Wind Projects
  • Shawn Luz
    Sustainability Coordinator, Capital Projects & Facilities Management, City of Framingham
  • Kavita Ravi
    Managing Director, Head of Grid Integration, BlueWave Solar


  • Sue Kaplan
    Founder and Senior Consultant, Sustainable Futures Consulting


  • David Gibbons
    Manger, Sales Operations and Enablement, National Grid
  • Jennifer Marrapese
    Senior Director, Programs and Strategy, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)
  • Tom Chase
    Senior Program Manager, MassCEC


7:30AM:   Breakfast & Networking/Exhibitor Showcase

8:00AM:   Welcome Remarks

8:05AM:    Welcome Keynote Speaker

8:20AM:   Morning Keynote Speaker

8:45AM:   Panel Discussion I

Power Generation: Current and Future Sources

Harnessing market innovation and technologies for a greener transformation.

  • Current energy generators

  • The state’s renewable goals and timelines

    • What we get now, and expect to generate in the future from wind, hydro, solar and geothermal. 

  •  Incentives to increase renewables 

  • Obstacles and challenges

9:45AM:   Break

10:05AM:  Panel Discussion ll 

Empowering Businesses for a Sustainable Future - Leveraging  Energy Incentives

There are significant incentives to increase energy efficiency and transition power generation to renewable sources. This panel will delve into the many incentives available to commercial customers, highlighting both opportunities and challenges..

Topics to include:

  • The evolving public policy landscape and its implications for businesses.

  • Case studies/insights into best practices for maximizing ROI

11:05AM:  Closing Keynote Speaker - John E. Parsons, Deputy Director for Research, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research Massachusetts Institute of Technology

11:30AM - Noon: Closing Remarks & Networking


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