Boston Smart Utilities Project

By District Energy posted 10-05-2018 17:00

  

Boston Planning & Development Agency

Summary

On June 14, 2018 the BPDA board adopted the Smart Utilities Policy for Article Development Review. On this page you can access the full policy document and learn about the Smart Utilities Vision project that led to the policy.

Access the Policy and Supporting Documents Here

Background

Two years ago, the BPDA and City of Boston launched the Smart Utilities Vision project (“SUV project”), an interdepartmental initiative led by the BPDA aimed toward developing strategies for more equitable, sustainable, affordable, resilient, and innovative utility services in the City of Boston.

Over the years it has become increasingly clear to City staff in different departments involved in planning, design and construction that utility and infrastructure construction and maintenance is often inefficient and unsustainable. For instance, repetitive street openings cause business downtime, and innovation is stifled due to a lack of an integrated utility planning framework. Moreover, with modern information systems and technologies, there are more efficient, equitable and sustainable ways of designing and building utilities and infrastructure that improve upon the “business-as-usual” approach.

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