Clean Energy Planning

Wind Turbine blue.jpgThe City of Gloucester is committed to environmental stewardship through the promotion of clean, renewable energy sources, energy conservation, and resiliency.

Gloucester was one of the first communities in the state to achieve Green Communities Designation in 2010. The City adopted progressive guidelines and standards, including an Energy Reduction Plan, Fuel Efficient Energy Policy, and Stretch Energy Code. Since then, the over 1 million dollars of investment has gone into energy efficiency updates at municipal facilities. 

In addition to reducing our energy consumption, the City offsets approximately 85% of its municipal electricity demand with renewables from two local wind turbines at Blackburn Business Park.

The City established the Clean Energy Commission (CEC) to promote clean energy options in the wider community. The CEC was instrumental in creating a Community Aggregation program, which provided residents and businesses in Gloucester with more renewable energy options, stable electricity rates, and competitive pricing. The CEC further spearheaded several campaigns over the years to promote Mass Save utility incentives that offer residents free or reduced cost access to energy efficiency home updates.  

Gloucester is also preparing for the current and potential impacts of climate change. You can find out more about Gloucester’s Resilience Planning efforts on our Resilience Planning page. 

Highlighting the importance of energy and resilience planning to the City, Gloucester is currently taking a step back and to refocus and build on past success. In November of 2021 we kicked-off outreach to develop the City’s Climate Action and Residence Plan (CARP). This plan will provide a roadmap of priorities for the future. The stewardship of or our environment continues to be a high priority and is a collaborative process involving the Mayor, The Clean Energy Commission (CEC), the Department of Public Works, the Community Development Department, and the public. You can read more about the City's Clean Energy efforts below. 

Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP)

In September of 2021, the City of Gloucester was awarded $69,890 through the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Action Grant Program. Funding will go towards the creation of a Community Action and Resilience Plan (CARP), in collaboration with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) and the City's Clean Energy Commission (CEC). The plan will help the community to identify the highest priority challenges and the most feasible solutions to put Gloucester on trach to meet long-term energy, climate and resiliency goals.

Gloucester Community Electricity Aggregation Program

The City Council voted to authorize the Mayor to investigate and establish the City's Community Electricity Aggregation program on April 26, 2016.  In operation since December 2018, the program, called Gloucester Community Electricity Aggregation or Gloucester CEA for short, provides residents and businesses in Gloucester with more renewable energy options, stable electricity rates and competitive pricing. Future savings cannot be guaranteed because future National Grid rates are unknown.

Visit the program website, gloucester-cea.com, for program details, electricity rates, program documents, including the program plan and contact information for the electricity supplier. 

Energy Audits

Gloucester residents interested in getting the free energy audit can visit the Mass Save website and sign up, or call (866) 527-7283 to start the process. Once that process is completed, a Mass Save Energy Specialist will go to their home and perform a Home Energy Assessment, which can include a number of tangible benefits in addition to advice on making the house more eco-friendly.

2010 Green Community Designation

Gloucester was one of the first communities in the state to achieve Green Communities Designation in 2010. The City adopted progressive guidelines and standards in order to become a Green Community, including an Energy Reduction Plan, Fuel Efficient Energy Policy, and Stretch Energy Code.

By becoming a Green Community, Gloucester has been awarded grants that help fund various energy conservation projects. To date, the City has been awarded nearly $900,000 in grants that help fund seven projects, including lighting upgrades at 17 municipal facilities, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system upgrades, and a citywide Light Emitting Diode (LED) streetlight retrofit.

The Green Communities Program is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources.  More information can be found by visiting Mass.gov.

LED Streetlight Retrofit

In 2016 the City replaced all of its streetlights with new LED fixtures.

Municipal Wind at Blackburn (A Public-Private Partnership)

Through the summer and into the winter of 2011 the city evaluated and permitted a two turbine 4MW renewable energy project proposed by Equity Industrial Partners LLC to be located on the site home to Gloucester Engineering at 11 Dory Road in the Blackburn Business Park. After permitting the project, the city successfully negotiated a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the future operator of the project Equity Industrial Turbines LLC. Under the agreement a substantial portion of the city’s electric will be purchased from this renewable energy project at a discounted rate. The project was commissioned and began generating energy in late December 2012. More information on project performance will be posted when available.

Gloucester Daily Times Report on turbine performance, May 25, 2015.

Link to installation photos November 2012

Video of the turbine installations is available at the Sawyer Free Library

Information for Residents on Energy Rebates and Incentives

Energy Star 

MassSave

National Grid

Home Energy Saver 

Energy Tax Incentives

Mass Energy Consumers Alliance