Clean Energy and Resiliency (CLEAR) for Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC)

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 Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) was one of nine communities and institutions awarded support under the CLEAR Program funded by the Baker-Polito Administration.

The objectives of the CLEAR program are to:

  1. Create resilient facilities to reduce economic losses from major power outage events.
  2. Lower service interruption time for utility customers.
  3. Provide a replicable model for outage recovery events.

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 evaluate how to provide energy resilience for residential recovery services programs located on the Boston Public Health Commission’s Mattapan Campus to allow the programs’ clients to shelter in place during emergencies.

Both of the buildings located at 201 River Street and 209 River Stree are designated as critical facilities by the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM). The objectives of the BPHC CLEAR analysis are to:

  1. Identify actionable steps to create a future where clients of the Entre Familia, Transitions, and Wyman Re-Entry can shelter in place for at least 72 hours (3 days) in their individual rooms with a functioning common area that serves group needs during power outages.
  2. Identify technically and financially feasible resilience solutions that maximize the use of clean energy technologies such as solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.
  3. Explore acquisition pathways that use third-party capital, such as power purchase agreements (PPAs) for PV development paired with storage, that could be procured through a competitive bid and free up capital budget dollars for other BPHC expenditures.

The CLEAR BPHC Report presents the findings of the energy resilience survey and techno-economic analysis conducted on behalf of the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), in partnership with the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA), the Mayor’s Office of Environment, Energy, and Open Space (EEOS), and the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in two sections:

  1. Section 1. Provides an overview of the City of Boston’s climate, energy and resilience strategy, and the energy resilience initiatives of the four municipal organizations supporting the CLEAR program.
  2. Section 2. Reviews the findings of the energy resilience assessment conducted for BPHC’s Mattapan facilities, including their energy resilience requirements, their existing energy resilience capabilities, and new opportunities to support resilience with clean energy.

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

About the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC)

The Boston Public Health Commission aims to protect, preserve, and promote the health and well-being of all Boston residents, particularly those who are most vulnerable. For more information, please visit Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC).

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.


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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