Cambridge, MA In Support of Small Wind Energy Installations within the City
Status: Adopted on 7/28/08
WHEREAS: The Cambridge Climate Protection Plan set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the city by 20% below 1990 levels by 2010; and
WHEREAS: The increased use of renewable energy is necessary to achieve the Cambridge greenhouse gas reduction goal; and
WHEREAS: The Museum of Science has proposed a small wind energy project that would install 5 different types of building-mounted wind energy systems in Cambridge and Boston to educate the public about wind energy technology, provide a practical demonstration of the technology, and help address the engineering, environmental, and policy questions involved in siting this technology in an urban setting; and
WHEREAS: The Cambridge Zoning Ordinance does not currently recognize wind turbines as an allowed use; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the Cambridge City Council expresses its support for small wind energy installations within the city and urges that city departments and boards with jurisdiction over such projects work constructively to encourage small wind energy installations such as those proposed by the Museum of Science; and be it further
ORDERED: That the Green Building/Zoning Task Force appointed by the City Manager develop recommendations for how to encourage the installation of small wind energy systems and address barriers to the permitting of such systems as well as consider the possibility of allowing small wind turbines as an “as of right” use under the Cambridge Zoning Ordinance.