Promoting Smart Growth & Regional Planning
Medford Local Energy Action Plan
In February 2012, MAPC selected the City of Medford through a competitive application process, to participate in MAPC’s Local Energy Action Program. Over a ten-month period, MAPC met with city officials, including the Mayor and the Energy & Environment Office staff, Medford Energy Committee, residents, business owners, and other stakeholders such as National Grid, to understand the community’s priorities and interests in energy, sustainability, and community and economic development issues. These stakeholders were also represented on a Medford LEAP Working Group, which provided guidance and recommendations to MAPC during the development of the plan.
Using feedback from the City and the LEAP Working Group, MAPC drafted the Energy Action Plan to provide guidance to the City and its constituents on the steps Medford can take to establish additional clean energy goals and continue its commitment to advancing clean energy efforts in the residential, commercial, and municipal sectors.
In January 2013, Mayor McGlynn and the Medford Energy Committee endorsed the Local Energy Action Plan. MAPC is currently working with the City and local energy stakeholders to begin adopting the recommendations laid out in the Energy Plan.
Programs & Initiatives
The National Grid Community Efficiency Initiative is a residential outreach campaign funded by National Grid to help local residents connect to the MassSave program and access energy efficiency retrofit incentives.
The Solarize Medford program is a cooperative effort between the state, local officials, volunteers, residents and small business owners coming together to spread the word on the environmental and economic benefits of solar electricity.
For more information on thes programs, visit: http://medford.org/gogreen
News & Resources
The City of Medford Local Energy Action Plan focuses on specific guidance to arm Medford with new energy goals and action strategies to advance the community’s clean energy efforts in the next five years, as well as to position the City and its energy stakeholders to continue to work on energy issues indefinitely. The plan is divided into three parts:
Medford Energy Profile:
This section provides an overview of Medford’s energy use, including a history of Medford’s past energy work and achievements and a profile of municipal, residential and commercial energy use.
Medford Energy Goals and Actions:
This section offers recommended energy goals and actions for the City of Medford to expand its clean energy work.