For Immediate Release - April 26, 2010

Patrick-Murray Administration Marks 40th Anniversary of Earth Day with Launch of new "Energy Smarts" Blog

BOSTON - April 26, 2010 - The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) celebrated the 40th anniversary of Earth Day last week by launching a new blog dedicated to engaging with the public around energy efficiency, renewable power and other energy topics important to Massachusetts citizens and businesses.

"Energy Smarts will provide information and ideas on the full gamut of energy topics - from learning how to determine if your home is a good candidate for solar power to finding out where to train for a job in the state's growing clean energy sector," EEA Secretary Ian Bowles said. "I look forward to reading it myself and encourage people across the Commonwealth to avail themselves of this tremendous new resource as we work together toward a clean energy future."

Energy Smarts bloggers include more than a dozen energy experts, including officials and employees of EEA and its Departments of Energy Resources (DOER) and Agricultural Resources (DAR), as well as the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). In the weeks and months ahead, bloggers will tackle topics such as building a super energy efficient home; changing energy-wasting habits, "green" driving, home-based renewable energy systems, farm-based energy issues, fuel price trends, energy workforce training programs, how to motivate kids to save energy, and more.

Besides learning which bloggers are expert in various topics, Energy Smarts provides an opportunity to talk back to the experts and share your own experiences and ideas about renewable energy, energy efficiency and other relevant topics.

"Supporting development of new clean energy companies and technologies, reducing reliance on fossil fuels, training workers for a new generation of energy jobs and taking steps to combat climate change are among the most important tasks of this generation," DOER Commissioner Phil Giudice said. "Energy Smarts will help us share ideas for making a difference every day."

Following EEA's The Great Outdoors blog launched last fall, Energy Smarts is the tenth blog in the Patrick-Murray Administration's Commonwealth Conversations series. Commonwealth Conversations is one of several social media tools used by the administration as part of Governor Patrick's commitment to transparency and civic engagement in government.

Visit Energy Smarts at www.mass.gov/blog/energy.