Wind Energy Plan
The Martha’s Vineyard Commission has released the final Wind Energy Plan for Dukes County, adopted by vote on October 16, 2012. To download a pdf copy, click on the plan document in the list on the left.
The Wind Energy Plan analyzes various aspects of wind energy development on land and off shore, in both Commonwealth waters within Dukes County and in adjacent federal waters. The plan includes policies for where and at what scale wind turbines may be allowed, where they should be subject to special review, and what standards should apply.
The plan aims to allow for reasonable wind energy development while minimizing potentially detrimental impacts on natural resources and human uses. The plan looks at a wide variety of topics, including birds and bats, scenic resources and visual impacts, tribal and other cultural resources, open space and habitat, marine mammals, fishing, navigation and boating, safety, noise and vibration, shadow flicker, electromagnetic interference, construction, operation and maintenance, decommissioning, impacts on business and employment, property values and municipal taxes, and community benefits.
The plan was prepared by the MVC staff based on analysis and recommendations reflecting the efforts of the Wind Energy Plan for Dukes County Work Group, made up of representatives of all seven towns in Dukes County and from Island conservation and energy non-profit organizations.
The Wind Energy Plan will be used in conjunction with the Island Wind District of Critical Planning Concern with review of wind proposals as Developments of Regional Impact. It can also be used by town boards in their review of applications.
In addition, the analysis carried out in this planning process should help the community comment on possible offshore projects in federal waters and should help towns in drafting or revising local regulations and standards.Find documents such as memos on various topics and minutes of meetings by entering a word or phrase in this page’s Search box and pressing the Enter key.
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