Wind Energy in Massachusetts

Capacity & Generation

Installed Capacity 113 MW Source: American Wind Energy Association Market Report

MW Under Construction 5 MW Source: American Wind Energy Association Market Report

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration's Open Data API, Electricity Net Generation.
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration. Net Generation from Wind. Updated Annually.

U.S. Wind Turbine Database

map of wind turbines in Massachusetts

The United States Wind Turbine Database (USWTDB) provides the locations of land-based and offshore wind turbines in the United States, corresponding wind project information, and turbine technical specifications. The creation of this database was jointly funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Wind Energy Technologies Office via the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Electricity Markets and Policy Group, the U.S. Geological Survey Energy Resources Program, and the American Wind Energy Association.

Maps & Data

Wind Education & Training

Career training and projects at schools in Massachusetts.

Training Locations

Bristol Community College

Northeastern University

Tufts University

University of Massachusetts

Greenfield Community College

Cape Cod Community College

Mount Wachusett Community College

University of Massachusetts-Lowell


Wind for Schools Project Locations

There are no Wind for Schools projects in Massachusetts.

Policies & Incentives


23 local wind energy ordinances

Massachusetts Incentives

View current Massachusetts renewable energy incentives on the DSIRE website.

Renewable Portfolio Standard
Renewable portfolio standard (+ 1% each year thereafter, new resources; 6.7% x 2020, existing resources)
35.0% by 2020

WETO R&D Projects

U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office's Wind R&D Projects Map

To view a list of wind research and development projects in Massachusetts funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office, visit the Wind R&D Projects Map and select Massachusetts from the dropdown menu.

Wind Turbine Component Manufacturers

map of wind turbines in Massachusetts

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Wind Prospector tool is a web-based Geographical Information System that supports resource assessment and data exploration for wind development. Wind Prospector includes a data layer dedicated to the locations of U.S. wind turbine and component manufacturing and supply chain facilities. Corporate headquarters, service facilities, material suppliers, R&D and logistics centers, and smaller component manufacturers (e.g., bolt manufacturers) are not included. The list of facilities included is not intended to be exhaustive.

Massachusetts Offices & Organizations

25x'25 Alliance

The 25x’25 Alliance is dedicated to securing 25% of the nation’s energy needs from renewable sources by the year 2025.

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management State Activities

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has seen strong interest in offshore renewable energy projects on the Outer Continental Shelf. BOEM works closely with certain coastal states regarding offshore energy development and is in the process of coordinating federal-state task forces. A summary of the status of activity in the different states is available.

Clean Energy Group

Clean Energy Group is a leading national, nonprofit organization working on innovative policy, technology, and finance programs in the areas of clean energy and climate change. The group's projects concentrate on climate and clean energy issues at the state, national, and international levels and include stakeholders from governments and the private and nonprofit sectors. Clean Energy Group assists states to create and implement innovative practices and public funding programs for clean energy project deployment; creates networks of U.S. and international policy makers to address climate stabilization strategies; and advances effective distributed innovation theories, finance, and commercialization tools for new climate technologies.

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is a publicly funded agency 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 it began operating 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. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center is also home to the Wind Technology Testing Center, providing the tools necessary to evaluate and support the next generation of wind turbine blade developments and meet international standards that reduce technical and financial risk for developers,

Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources' Renewable Energy Division

This state government website provides information regarding the different kinds of renewable energy, funding programs and incentives, installation assistance, and the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory

Researchers at Lincoln Laboratory have analyzed the effects of wind turbines on radar systems that provide critical measurements for aircraft and surface vessel characterization and are proposing a strategy for moderating those effects.

Mass Energy Consumers Alliance

This non-profit organization offers renewable heating and electricity to any Massachusetts resident (and in some cases, anyone!).

Northeast Regional Planning Body

The Northeast Regional Planning Body is responsible for developing New England’s ocean plan. The National Ocean Policy, established by Presidential Executive Order in 2010, called for the formation of nine Regional Planning Bodies to better manage the nation’s oceans and coasts. New England was the first region in the nation to respond to this call, launching the Northeast Regional Planning Body in 2012. The Northeast Regional Planning Body includes representatives from the six New England states, 10 federally recognized tribes, 10 federal agencies, and the New England Fishery Management Council. The Regional Planning Body has no authority to create new regulations. Its mandate is to create a plan and oversee its implementation, with many opportunities for public participation.

Sustainable Energy Advantage

Sustainable Energy Advantage provides analysis and support on multiple fronts: strategy, policy, marketing, negotiation, product development, and pricing. The organization helps its clients develop the building blocks of a sustainable energy future: wholesale and retail renewable electricity businesses; public policies such as Renewable Portfolio Standards and incentive programs; rules of the road for electricity markets; and certification and rating programs.

University of Massachusetts Wind Energy Center

The University of Massachusetts promotes education and research on renewable energy technologies, in particular wind energy in New England. This site offers wind data and information on the state's wind working group.