The UMass Clean Energy Extension provides a resource to reduce market barriers and accelerate the adoption of clean energy for Massachusetts cities and towns, businesses, institutions, farms, low income and multiunit housing, and others. It provides technical support and advice upon request, and proactively seeks opportunities to promote clean energy projects. It also supports and contributes to applied research activities across UMass departments and campuses that advance technical, economic, and policy solutions that support clean energy advancement in Massachusetts.
Dwayne Breger was hired as the Director of the UMass Clean Energy Extension in 2015. Dwayne comes to UMass after 13 years as the Director of the Renewable Energy Division at the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER). At DOER, he was responsible for the state Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), the development of the RPS solar carve-out and solar loan program, the advance of biomass energy policy, and served on the staff working group that designed the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Prior to DOER, he was an Assistant Professor in engineering at Lafayette College. Dwayne received his Ph.D. in Resource Economics from UMass Amherst and served as a Senior Research Associate in Mechanical Engineering. He received his B.S. degree in engineering from Swarthmore College, and an M.S. in technology and policy from MIT.