Clean Energy Planning
The City of Gloucester is committed to environmental stewardship through the promotion of clean renewable energy and energy conservation. Since 2009, the City has undertaken several initiatives to green municipal operations including achieving state Green Communities Designation in 2010 and powering all municipal properties through two wind turbines at Blackburn Business Park. In their August 2016 report, Gloucester was recognized by Environment Massachusetts as one of 18 communities leading the way in the State in sustainability, renewable energy, and energy conservation in their Renewable Communities report. The City has a staff member managing the City’s clean energy initiatives and established a Clean Energy Commission (CEC) of citizen volunteers with various backgrounds in energy and finance.
Through a collaborative process involving the Mayor, The Clean Energy Commission, The Department of Public Works, and the Community Development Department, the City will continue to provide municipal services in a cleaner, more energy efficient way.
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.
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 a 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, Heaving, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system upgrades, and an citywide Light Emitting Diode (LED) streetlight retrofit.
The Green Communities Program is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. Additional information can be found on their website.
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.