Why is the Clean Energy Results Program Needed?

As a national leader, Massachusetts is using the Clean Energy Results Program to remove barriers that still exist to the permitting and construction of clean energy and energy efficiency projects.

These barriers include:

  • Complex environmental permitting
  • Limited information for communities on environmental requirements and best practices
  • Difficulty in finding appropriate sites for new projects

 

How Can MassDEP Help?

As the state's environmental regulatory agency, MassDEP can help remove barriers to advancing clean energy projects while protecting public health and the environment.

With our regulatory and technical expertise, MassDEP can work with DOER to provide independent information to local communities to help them evaluate impacts of proposed renewable energy projects.

Through agency interactions with water utilities, landfills and brownfields sites, and other places we regulate, MassDEP is uniquely positioned to help advance clean energy at some of the state's largest energy users and most appropriate sites.

 

What Does the Clean Energy Results Program Offer?

Assistance to Project Proponents

  • Assess sites best suited for clean energy projects, like closed landfills, brownfields and existing drinking water and wastewater treatment plants
  • Resolve site-specific environmental questions and concerns considering best-available science
  • Develop fact sheets and hands-on guidance on applicable environmental rules

Services for Communities

  • Set up Clean Energy Support Teams (specialists in environmental standards) to provide hands-on assistance to local boards and commissions
  • Run workshops and seminars on environmental impacts and requirements

Streamlined Regulatory Pathways

  • Simplify requirements for solar arrays on closed landfills and brownfields
  • Establish an efficient permitting path for harvesting useable fuel gas from processing of organic materials
  • Ensure easier approvals for piloting innovative clean technologies (e.g. small-scale hydro-kinetic power)

Improved Public Health and Environmental Data

  • Facilitate scientific review of health and noise impacts from wind turbines
  • Establish guidelines and best practices for small-scale wood-pellet sustainable biomass

 

What Kinds of Clean Energy Projects Are Targeted?

The Clean Energy Results Program aims to help the following types of projects, among others:

  • Renewable Energy from Organics (Anaerobic Digestion)
  • Solar Photovoltaic
  • Wind
  • Combined Heat and Power
  • Sustainable Hydro-Power
  • Energy Efficiency Upgrades at MassDEP's Regulated Sites (wastewater & drinking water treatment plants, manufacturers, and others)