Finalists Announced for 2023 NECEC Awards

Winners will be announced at NECEC's Green Future Gala on October 26

Somerville, MA – The Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC) has announced the finalists for its 2023 awards, featuring a broad range group of companies and organizations doing crucial work to unlock a diverse climate economy.

Founded in 2006, NECEC has annually awarded the best and brightest in the clean energy and climate tech arenas, highlighting the momentum behind decarbonizing the whole of the Northeast. Award categories include Clean Energy Company of the Year, Emerging Company of the Year, Startup Supporter of the Year, Partnership of the Year and a new award for Community Impact Champion, The winners will be revealed at NECEC’s signature event, the Green Future Gala, on October 26.

Finalists were chosen for their differentiation in the marketplace, the impact of the work they are doing, and how well they embody NECEC’s mission of leading the just, equitable and rapid transition to a clean energy future and diverse climate economy.

The Finalists are:

Clean Energy Company of the Year

AlphaStruxure, which has built the largest bus depot microgrid in the U.S. in Montgomery County, MD, combining solar power and fast charging.

Schneider Electric, which played a central role in building the new Boston University Center for Computing and Data Sciences, the largest net zero building in Boston.

Vicinity Energy, which is undertaking one of the most innovative clean heat programs in the country, pulling thermal energy from the Charles River and converting it into steam heat that will be distributed throughout Greater Boston.

Vineyard Wind, which has steel in the water and soon will begin operation of the first commercial offshore wind farm in the U.S.

Emerging Company of the Year

Boston Metal, which is building a plant to produce decarbonized steel using a fully electrified industrial process.

ConnectDER, which offers a simple, affordable way to connect solar panels, EV charging and batteries to a home or building.

Divert, which processes more than 232,000 tons of wasted food annually and is building out a network of anaerobic digesters designed to capture food waste emissions and convert them into energy.

Flux Marine, which has developed electric outboard boat engines that eliminate greenhouse gas emissions, leakage and exhaust fumes while significantly reducing noise.

Sublime Systems, which has developed an electrified process to produce clean concrete and is building out its first plant to manufacture it at scale.

Startup Supporter of the Year

MassVentures, which funds early stage, deep tech companies that span the entirety of the climate economy.

The New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, which has fostered some of the most exciting recent participants in NECEC’s Cleantech Open Northeast program.

SeaAhead, which supports ocean-related Bluetech startups that are diverting massive amounts of CO2 emissions and protecting vital marine ecosystems.

Partnership of the Year

Browning The Green Space, Greentown Labs and VentureWell, which have developed a new accelerator program to bolster BIPOC-led startups as they develop critical climate tech solutions.

FirstLIght Power and Energy New England, which forged a groundbreaking municipal power purchasing agreement for 110 gigawatt hours per year of hydroelectric power produced by two of FirstLight's hydroelectric facilities in Connecticut.

Resilient Urban Neighborhoods and Green Justice Coalition, which are building microgrids in Chelsea, MA and the Chinatown section of Boston.

Community Impact Champion

All In Energy, which has partnerships in 52 cities and towns to help lower income and minority households access clean energy programs.

BlocPower, which is conducting building electrification projects and green jobs training throughout the Northeast and beyond.

Citizens Energy Corporation, which has built the Daughters of Mary Microgrid in New Britain, CT as part of its 40 community-based solar projects across the country.

About Northeast Clean Energy Council

NECEC (Northeast Clean Energy Council & NECEC Institute) is a unique blend of a trade organization and a non-profit, dedicated to leading the just, equitable and rapid transition to a clean energy future and a diverse climate economy. We promote the widespread adoption of clean energy and climate technologies, driven by companies that offer innovative and scalable solutions, with the aim of decarbonizing all aspects of society. Our approach focuses on five key areas: Innovation, Policy, Climate Economy Ecosystem, Workforce Development and Municipal Leadership.


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