Commonwealth Wind Program - Program Background

Program Background

Commonwealth Wind and its predecessor programs have been providing support to electric customers and the wind community since 2000 and have helped to establish the Commonwealth as a thought leader in the field of appropriate wind energy development. MassCEC’s programmatic approach to appropriate siting for wind projects combines rigorous project analysis with careful, open decision making that involves all stakeholders.

Commonwealth Wind supports small wind, community wind and commercial wind projects. These are defined as:

  • Small wind: A wind project that utilizes wind turbines with nameplate power capacities of less than 100 kilowatts (kW).
  • Community Wind: A wind project that utilizes one or more wind turbines with power capacity of 100 kW and greater and typically 1) serves a load that is located on the project site, 2) will have a net-metering agreement with the utility company or 3) will serve the load requirements of a host municipal light department.
  • Commercial Wind: A wind project that typically serves the ISO New England wholesale electricity market or a municipal light plant system, or has an on-site load that does not qualify for net metering. Commercial Wind projects typically have three or more turbines.

Offerings under Commonwealth Wind include: Site Assessment Grants of Services, Feasibility Study Grants, Development Grants and Small Wind Construction grants.