NECEC Institute

The joint mission of the NECEC Institute and its sister organization, the New England Clean Energy Council, is to accelerate the region’s clean energy economy to global leadership by building an active community of stakeholders and a world-class cluster of clean energy companies.

The NECEC Institute, a 501(c)(3), leads regional programs to develop the region’s cleantech cluster focusing its efforts on

  • Innovation
  • Cluster & Economic Development
  • Education & Workforce Development

Cleantech Navigate Northeast

Cleantech Navigate Northeast is NECEC’s new innovation and entrepreneurship initiative. Aligned with Cleantech Open Northeast’s annual accelerator and innovation network, this new initiative addresses the lack of a strong, region-wide network to help cleantech entrepreneurs from New York to Maine to more fully leverage the Northeast’s innovation ecosystem and distributed, robust innovation resources.

Cleantech Navigate Northeast will include a series of programs and events over the course of 2014 to engage with entrepreneurs, understand their businesses needs and connect them to the resources they need through the region-wide network of innovation program partners.

For more details on Cleantech Navigate Northeast and the formal alliance between NECEC and Cleantech Open Northeast, read the NECEC press release.

Want to get involved with Cleantech Navigate Northeast? Send us your contact information here, or contact Alexandra Adler, NECEC’s Senior Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurship at

Cleantech Navigate Northeast is funded by:

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New England's Cleantech Innovation Landscape
New England's Cleantech Innovation Landscape is the first region-wide study of the cleantech innovation cluster that identifies both early-stage cleantech companies as well as pieces of the region’s innovation infrastructure, which include government entities, university programs, non-profit institutions, and corporations that support cleantech technology research, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Learn more by downloading the full report and through this Innovation Infrastructure Infographic.

Cleantech Innovations New England
In early 2014 the NECEC Institute wrapped up Cleantech Innovations New England (CINE), the virtual proof of concept center program funded by the US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Agency (EDA). Over the past two years the CINE program directly managed eight solicitations, evaluated more than 165 different businesses and awarded a total of $381,000 of direct financial support to 15 companies in 11 different cleantech sectors. These awards resulted in the creation of more than 25 jobs throughout the region and at least $15.5 million of follow on funding to date. A total of 35 percent of these awards went to companies located in distressed areas, six companies were formed as a result of the support, and more that 60 regional advisors were leveraged to support promising cleantech companies.

Cluster & Economic Development

The NECEC Institute’s Cluster & Economic Development program focuses on identifying and removing barriers to growth affecting promising market sectors of the region’s clean energy industry. The program leads segment-specific projects that convene a diverse set of collaborators to analyze barriers and develop recommendations for market segment growth, technology development and deployment, and public policy. Current projects include:

  • Offshore Wind
    An Offshore Wind Task Force was convened to consider barriers to financing and contracting of next-generation offshore projects - a report of task force findings, Offshore Wind: Recommendations for a Coordinated Aggregated Power Procurement Mechanism for Offshore Wind Projects in New England was released in June 2013.
  • Corporate Sustainability
    The goal of the NECEC Institute's Corporate Sustainability Initiative is to accelerate the creation and adoption of sustainable technologies. NECEC staff is working with the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, among others, to connect the region's technology innovators with large energy users in order to facilitate demonstration projects and access to first customers. This will be accomplished through technology roundtables and a demonstration project practice guide.
  • Smart Grid
    The final report for the Massachusetts DPU's grid modernization docket was delivered on July 2. In addition to coordinating the "clean energy caucus" position for the report, organizing the perspectives of NECEC members in collaboration with regulators and other grid participants, NECEC also coordinated the submission of follow-on comments after the report's submission.

Education & Workforce Development

Workforce Development
The Institute’s Workforce Development program collaborates with government agencies, industry employers and the region’s educational community to develop a world-class clean energy workforce in New England. In collaboration with Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), and with funding from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the State of Vermont, the Institute manages and updates an online directory of all clean energy related training and education programs in Massachusetts and Vermont, from vocational high schools to PhDs. This comprehensive online training directory is located at

In addition, the Institute and its partners help grow the cleantech sector by providing accurate labor market research studies, paid internship programs, training opportunities and career pathways with industry and educational partners, a professional development network for clean energy HR executives, and career awareness events.

  • Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report
    MassCEC released the 2013 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report, which for the third straight year, found that the Massachusetts clean energy economy is growing. The 2013 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report shows clean energy jobs grew by 11.8% from 2012 to 2013, following 11.2% growth the year before and 6.7% growth in 2011. In just the past two years, clean energy sector jobs have grown by 24% overall. Read the full report here.
  • Massachusetts Community Colleges and Workforce Development Transformation Agenda (MCCWDTA)
    Working with a $20 million grant from the US Department of Labor, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is engaged in a creative initiative to help the state’s community colleges and career assistance centers do a better job of meeting the workforce needs of six selected industries, including clean energy. The MCCWDTA has contracted with the Institute to provide technical assistance and employer engagement help to community colleges with emerging programs aimed at energy efficiency, solar energy, integrated facilities management, HVAC, sustainability management and energy management. Track this project at
  • Leadership Roundtable on Sustainable Facilities Management Workforce Needs
    On September 13, 85 people attended "The Future of Facilities Management: Workforce Development and Training Needs for Sustainable Facilities in Massachusetts" a roundtable discussion involving representatives from community colleges, and over 50 leading facilities management employers. The event was organized and facilitated by the NECEC Institute, as part of a contract with the Massachusetts Community Colleges and Workforce Development Transformation Agenda ( The Institute recruited a significant group of co-sponsors for the Roundtable, including: International Facilities Management Association (Boston) Sustainability Committee, UMass Boston, A Better City, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the US Green Building Council, Bunker Hill Community College, and MA DCAMM.
  • Rhode Island Energy Efficiency Workforce Study
    Under contract to National Grid, the Institute completed a study of the number and types of jobs supported by energy efficiency incentives in Rhode Island in 2012. The final report found a total of 528.71 "full-time equivalent workers" (FTEs) with average annual earnings of more than $51,000.
  • Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Internship Program
    In September, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) announced it will begin accepting applications for the fall session of the 2013 Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Internship Program, co-sponsored by NECEC. The program, which provides paid internship opportunities for college students and recent graduates at Massachusetts-based clean energy companies, set a record in the 2013 summer session with more applicants than ever! A total of 125 companies and 914 students applied to the program this summer. Since the program kicked off in 2011, 328 students and recent graduates have been placed in internships at more than 110 clean energy companies. For more information about the program, please visit

Leading Clean Energy Ventures: Executive Certificate Program
Offered in partnership with the Boston University School of Management, this Certificate program in "Leading Clean Energy Ventures" helps entrepreneurs and executives master the clean energy sector. The course, which evolved out of the LCEV New England Clean Energy Council's signature Fellowship program, features both in-person and remote learning opportunities as well as a capstone project. Click here for more information.

About NECEC (The New England Clean Energy Council and the NECEC Institute)

NECEC is a regional non-profit organization representing clean energy companies and entrepreneurs throughout New England and the Northeast through programs and initiatives that help clean energy businesses at all stages of development to access the resources they need to grow.

The New England Clean Energy Council (a 501(c)(6) trade member organization) is the lead voice for hundreds of clean energy companies across New England, influencing the energy policy agenda and growing the clean energy economy. The NECEC Institute (a 501(c)(3)) leads programs that support Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Cluster and Economic Development and Workforce Development.

NECEC’s combined mission is to accelerate the region’s clean energy economy to global leadership by building an active community of stakeholders and a world-class cluster of clean energy companies.

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