New Release: Clean Energy and Resiliency (CLEAR) Report

April 6, 2021

An increase in the frequency and severity of severe storms associated with global climate change has increased the Commonwealth’s need for resiliency in the face of major events and disturbances. The Clean Energy and Resiliency (CLEAR) Program supported by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) seeks to support energy resilience investments in Massachusetts by advancing first-stage energy resilience system designs for critical facilities in Massachusetts communities.

The CLEAR Project Team — RAND Corporation, Converge Strategies, LLC, XENDEE Corporation, and Ridgeline Energy Analytics — leveraged its mission-focused resilience approach and XENDEE’s energy resilience analysis platform to outline how the town of West Tisbury can strengthen its energy infrastructure against extreme weather and grid interruptions to ensure that its lifeline facilities and emergency services are positioned to serve its community when they are most in need. The Town of West Tisbury was one of nine communities and institutions awarded support under the CLEAR Program funded by the Baker-Polito Administration.

The CLEAR Report presents the findings of the energy resilience analysis conducted for the Town of West Tisbury and summarizes:

West Tisbury’s energy, climate, and emergency management policies and plans, and reviews the project approach, assumptions, and key findings.

The results of the energy resilience survey and recommendations for Town buildings.

Results of the techno-economic analysis.

For more information on the CLEAR project visit, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.

About West Tisbury

As an island community, West Tisbury is vulnerable to extreme weather events and the prolonged power outages that they bring. Residents of the Vineyard cannot easily evacuate during severe weather events. They must shelter in place, making it essential that the town has access to adequate services in times of emergency. Upon identifying possible risks, their most immediate focus is making the town’s buildings more resilient by adopting solar plus storage. Additionally, the island towns have a resolution of shifting to 100% Renewable Energy by 2040.

About the RAND Corporation

The RAND Corporation is a research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous.

About Converge Strategies, LLC

Converge Strategies, LLC is a consulting company focused on the intersection of clean energy, resilience, and national security. We build partnerships with the military, civilians, and all levels of government to accelerate resilience and security in the clean energy transformation.

About XENDEE

XENDEE develops world-class Microgrid decision support software that helps designers and investors optimize and certify the Fight-Through™ resilience and financial performance of projects with confidence. The XENDEE Microgrid platform enables a broad audience; from business decision makers to scientists, with the objective of supporting investments in Microgrids and maintaining electric power reliability when integrating sources of renewable generation.

About Ridgeline Energy Analytics

Ridgeline Energy Analytics is a consulting firm that provides energy data analysis and energy efficiency and renewable energy services to public and private clients across the United States. Ridgeline Energy Analytics is registered provider for North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) and is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) and certified Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB).

About MassCEC

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is dedicated to accelerating the success of clean energy technologies, companies, and projects in the Commonwealth—while creating high-quality jobs and long-term economic growth for the people of Massachusetts. Since its inception in 2009, MassCEC has helped clean energy companies grow, supported municipal clean energy projects, and invested in residential and commercial renewable energy installations creating a robust marketplace for innovative clean technology companies and service providers. Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides chairs MassCEC’s board of directors.

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