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        Thursday September 13th

'A Tale of Two Governors' 


(Or, "Are we in for another 'solarcoaster' ride?") 



It's a tale of two governors, Deval Patrick and Charlie Baker. It's got good, bad and ugly. It's our essential story of solar in Massachusetts, a history we are living in and one we can and must shape.

The good - flourishing solar under Deval Patrick's administration. Job growth, avoided emissions, community engagement and technological, financial and conceptual innovation.

Then Charlie Baker comes along and has no trouble letting in the bad and ugly - a customer charge from the utility called the "MMRC". It's the latest sharp turn on the "solarcoaster" of energy policy and is seen to be putting the brakes on the growth of distributed energy. Seems to be a likable guy, but what is he up to?

New charges from utilities in Massachusetts are unlike anywhere else (except somewhere in Arizona). They are also very unlike Massachusetts, long a leader in renewable energy and efficiency programs. Understandably, this move by the Department of Public Utilities is being challenged, and is currently under judicial appeal and legislative review.

Can one governor undo the good of another? Can people who want progressive energy policy keep the pressure on during the lead-up to the November 2018 gubernatorial election, and make this a top issue in voters'

Join us on September 13th for the Boston Area Solar Energy Association ( Forum Series. Mark Sandeen of MassSolar ( will lead us through this tale, our recent and significant energy policy history of what has been and what we are now in.
Refreshments served, Q & A to follow the presentation.

Mark Sandeen is President of MassSolar is Working, Inc. ("MassSolar"), a 501(c)(3) organization working to establish a renewable energy economy, ensure fair compensation for solar owners and provide access to solar for everyone in the Commonwealth. Also founder of RePower Partners, LLC, he is responsible for their portfolio of solar energy projects. Mark has had the privilege of building and leading many high-growth, high-tech teams at Avidyne, Object Design and Intel. He is Chair of the Sustainable Lexington Committee and a member of Lexington's Better Buildings, Community Choice and Solar Energy Task Forces. Mark also writes the monthly column, "All Things Sustainable," for the Colonial Times Magazine.  



       Hope to see you there!

Time: Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; Presentation begins at 7:30 p.m


Location: First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist; 

3 Church Street, Harvard Square





















Location: First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist 
3 Church Street, Harvard Square

Time: Doors open at 7:00 p.m.  Presentation begins at 7:30 p.m.




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One-day Workshops for Building Professionals - Various Locations

Smart Building: High Performance Homes

Learn the latest in smart building techniques through presentations, case studies and discussion, from foundation to roofs. Presented by the Center for EcoTechnology and the CSG; and the Mass. Department of Energy Resources. Smart Building Flyer

AEENE Dinner Meeting and Seminar: The Association of Energy Engineers, New England Chapter

Monthly meeting, first Wednesday of the Month (check for details) AEENE Meeting Schedule


Volunteers Are Always Needed for the Forum, the annual Junior Solar Sprint competition, and the website.


Visit our Forum page, where you'll find our complete listing of past forum speakers, topics, and resources.

The BASEA Forum Series is held September through May, on the second Thursday of each month, at the 1st Parish Unitarian Church, #3 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Reception begins at 7:00 pm, with the program beginning at 7:30. The forums are free and open to the public.


BASEA Activities and Services

  • BASEA Forum - Renewable Energy Lecture Series
  • Junior Solar Sprint - Model solar car competition for middle school science students, organized and sponsored by BASEA in Eastern Massachusetts.


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  • BASEA is no longer a chapter of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) but supports its mission. Links to NESEA and other regional, national and international solar organizations can be found on the BASEA Links page.


BASEA's Mission

The Boston Area Solar Energy Association is convinced that New England's primary dependence on non-renewable energy sources is costly to our environmental, social, economic and political systems.

Therefore, we foster the design and use of solar and sustainable energy technologies through education, advocacy and the demonstration of practical, cost effective techniques.

It is our goal to promote Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Future.

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BASEA is affiliated with

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association

The American Solar Energy Society

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