The North Shore Wind Project

In 2003, MAPC received a grant from The Renewable Energy Trust to provide technical assistance for the siting of onshore wind turbines with the goal of increasing public acceptability in ten North Shore communities: Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Ipswich, Lynn, Manchester, Marblehead, Rockport, Salem, and Swampscott.

The project included public forums on wind energy for the North Shore, presentations to each community on wind energy opportunities and barriers, a survey of residents, wind resource maps for each community, and a wind turbine siting ordinance for the City of Lynn.

Most of the communities are carrying forward under such programs as the Green Communities Program and the Energy Efficiency Block Grant Program funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Maps of Land Based Wind Energy Facility Siting:

Climate’s Long-Term Impacts on Metro Boston (CLIMB), is an EPA-funded project aimed at studying the potential impacts of climate change on metropolitan Boston’s infrastructure systems and recommending strategies to prevent, reduce or manage the risk.