Moon Island Wind
The City of Boston, by request of Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch, has withdrawn its application to install a wind turbine on Moon Island. The project, part of Mayor Menino's commitment to addressing climate change and promoting community based clean energy, would have consisted of a single utility-scale wind turbine with a capacity of 1.5 to 2 megawatts, which, over a year, would generate enough clean energy to meet the annual needs of 750-1,000 average homes.
The withdrawn project site is on a hill in the middle of Moon Island, between the police range and fire training academy. It is an ideal location, because it has strong, consistent winds, is relatively distant from the nearest residence (about one mile), and lies outside of the flight paths to Logan International Airport. The City completed a comprehensive analysis of the project to ensure that environmental and community impacts are fully understood and minimized.
Moon Island Wind FAQ 2012
(The picture below is a SIMULATION of the Moon Island Wind Turbine from the corner of Bayside Road and Brunswick Street in the Quincy neighborhood of Squantum).
Frequently Asked Questions
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Review Process Timeline (April 2010-present)
Since April 2010, the City of Boston and the City of Quincy have been coordinating to conduct public outreach and education regarding the Moon Island Wind project. Please refer to the timeline, as well as the project update presentation for additional details.
05/24/10 – Quincy Community Meeting (Squantum Elementary)
08/27/10 – Submitted for Quincy Special Permit – Wind Facilities
10/13/10 – MESA filing
03/10/11 – Quincy community meeting (Quincy City Hall)
04/06/11 – Quincy Planning Board Meeting (Project presentation)
05/11/11 – Advisory opinion from EOEA on MEPA thresholds
05/26/11 – Resubmitted Quincy special permit – Wind Facilities
07/21/11 – National Grid interconnection study commissioned
07/28/11 – Quincy follow-up comments on special permit 1
01/07/11 – FAA determination of no hazard letter issued
12/01/11 – Intensive archeological survey of site by PAL
12/13/11 – Beals + Thomas peer reviewer report issued
12/14/11 – Quincy Planning Board (Business meeting agenda)
12/14/11 – Mass Historic Commission – letter of no significant findings
01/09/12 – MESA / NHESP determined not within rare wildlife / priority habitat
01/11/12 – Quincy Planning Board (Beals + Thomas peer reviewer presentation)
02/08/12 – Quincy Planning Board (Public hearing postponed)
02/29/12 - City of Boston submitted letter of withdrawl, by request of Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch
Project Overview Presentation (Updated)