The Leading by Example Program is working with state agencies and public colleges and university campuses to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and install renewable energy technologies for on-site generation.

Energy Efficiency

Advancing energy efficiency is central to the LBE Program. Currently, LBE is working to reduce overall energy consumption at state-owned and leased (at which the state pays directly for energy) buildings by 20% by 2012 and 35% by 2020. Energy efficiency measures include weatherization improvements (windows and insulation), conversion to compact fluorescent light bulbs, computer management, light motion censors, and green building, among many others.

Electricity from Renewable Sources

The LBE Program is working to ensure that 15% of state agency annual electricity consumption is procured from renewable sources by 2012, and 30% by 2020. Clean, renewable energy resources, such as wind, solar PV, solar thermal, biomass, landfill gas, and anaerobic digestion, can be acquired through the installation of on-site distributed generation, the purchase of renewable power from energy suppliers, and/or the use of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) in compliance with the REC guidance established by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. These projects vary widely in their costs and energy-saving benefit.

Clean Energy Information & Resources

Renewable Energy

  • PPA and NMA Guidance  pdf format of PPA and NMA Guidance
  • Solar Photovoltaic Roof Survey pdf format of pv_site_selection_survey.pdf
    A survey form and screening tool for identifying suitable solar PV and thermal sites at state facilities
  • Massachusetts Wind Site Screening Tool
    This online mapping wind viewer, hosted by MassGIS, shows average wind speeds and other environmental variables necessary to evaluate locations for wind energy installations.
  • Renewable Energy Contacts
    A list of state agency staff to contact about different renewable energy technologies (TBD)


Energy Efficiency

  • Statewide Energy Contracts, available on the state's procurement website, COMMBUYS Use "Search for a Contract" under the Contracts tab for:
    • Unleaded Gasoline
    • Propane
    • No.2 Heating Oil
    • Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel
    • Category 3-Biodiesel Fuel
    • No.4 & No.6 Residual Heating Fuel
    • Statewide Contract for Electricity
  • Case Studies


This information is provided by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Leading by Example Program