Massachusetts Climate Preparedness Initiative

Massachusetts's Climate Preparedness Initiative, from Governor Deval Patrick’s administration, is a $50 million investment for a statewide plan to address the present and future impacts of climate change. These investments will assess and address vulnerabilities in public health, transportation, energy and the Commonwealth’s built environment. 

The plan includes a $40 million municipal resilience grant, to be administered by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), that will enable cities and towns to harden energy services at critical sites using clean energy technology. The grants will be funded through Alternative Compliance Payments, which are paid by electric retail suppliers if they have insufficient Renewable or Alternative Energy Certificates to meet their compliance obligations under the Renewable and Alternative Portfolio Standard programs.

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will work with utilities to determine ways to accelerate storm hardening and deploy micro-grids and resiliency projects for transmission and distribution. In addition, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) will establish an inventory of generation facilities' vulnerability and preparedness plans.

The Patrick Administration is investing $10 million in critical coastal infrastructure and dam repair, including $1 million in municipal grants offered by the Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) to reduce or eliminate risk associated with coastal storms and sea level rise. Recognizing that natural solutions have often proved to be the best defense against nature, CZM will implement a $1 million program for Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience pilot projects. 

The Governor’s plan also calls for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to conduct a statewide vulnerability assessment for all facilities and adopt Climate Adaptation Plans by 2015. The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), which also owns and operates a number of historic parkways and roadways that are particularly vulnerable to flooding and sea level rise, will conduct an assessment to determine and quantify the levels of exposure and susceptibility that DCR’s parkways and roadways face.

To help local boards of health in preparing for the impacts of climate change, the Department of Public Health (DPH) will develop additional resources at the state level to identify areas of special concern, draft model strategies to address these and enhance education and training.

EEA and DPH will partner to conduct analysis on monitoring vector-borne disease in both oysters and mosquitoes. In addition, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will work with communities to assess the vulnerability of infrastructure associated with potable water, which is critical to public health and safety.

Publication Date: January 14, 2014

Related Organizations:

  • Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
  • Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
  • Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
  • Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT)
  • Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (MA CZM)
  • Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

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