MAPC Clean Energy Program Evaluation

EDR Group (now EBP) conducted a two-year evaluation of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (Boston area) portfolio of community-oriented “Clean Energy” programs, under funding by the Barr Foundation. 

MAPC serves 101 diverse urban, suburban and exurban municipalities in eastern Massachusetts. Its clean energy services include:

  • Local Energy & Climate Planning
  • Local Energy Action Program (LEAP) 
  • Net Zero Planning
  • Building Codes for Climate
  • Advanced vehicle technologies
  • Technical Assistance to municipalities
  • Energy Storage and Resiliency
  • Green Communities Support
  • Green Municipal Electricity  Aggregation
  • Peak Demand Management
  • Shared Energy Staffing Services
  • Collective Procurement
  • Clean Vehicle Technologies
  • Clean Heating and Cooling
  • LED Streetlight Retrofits
  • Solar Contracting & Best Practices
  • Legislation & Policy

EDR Group's evaluation focused on examining the “what” and the “how” of  MAPC’s clean activities.  The “what” included MAPC’s technical and operational achievements and annual increases in energy, demand, and greenhouse gas reductions. The “how” focused on MAPC’s three-pronged strategies to inform, enlist, motivate, and assist community officials and residents to undertake effective local sustainability actions and to develop regional and statewide coalitions for advancing clean energy programs and policy to decarbonize the Massachusetts energy environment. EDR Group reviewed program goals, achievements over time, increasing energy, demand, GHG reductions, appropriateness of calculation methodologies and results. The firm also interviewed MAPC staff, as well as municipal officials on substantive issues, such as the effectiveness of its collective LED streetlight purchase program, green municipal aggregation technical assistance, and MAPC’s collaborative responsive approaches to working with a range of actors at the local regional and state levels.