Welcome to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities’ homepage for the development of best practices for the siting of land-based wind energy facilities and our current investigation into this matter.

On October 31, 2013, the Department of Public Utilities opened an investigation into best practices for the siting of land-based wind energy facilities. The investigation will result in the development of wind energy facility siting guidance based on scientific, technical, and policy information provided through public input and dialogue. Specifically, the Department will examine the following topics related to land-based wind energy facilities: design, environmental and human health, safety, construction impacts, socio-economic impacts, decommissioning, and the review process for wind projects. The Department’s investigation follows the announcement by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs of the Community Wind Outreach Initiative, an inter-agency effort to provide support and guidance for the siting of land-based wind energy facilities.

Any person with an interest in this investigation is invited to submit written comments to the Department by February 20, 2014 (re-extended from February 6, 2014) in response to the questions posed by the Department in its Order. For further information regarding this investigation, please contact M. Kathryn Sedor, Hearing Officer, Department of Public Utilities, at Kathryn.Sedor@state.ma.us.  The Department will hold public hearings in several regional locations in January 2014.


This information is provided by the Department of Public Utilities.