The MVC is updating its energy policy to focus on mitigating the effects of climate change. — Brian Dowd

For the first time in 12 years the Martha’s Vineyard Commission is planning to make changes to its energy policy with a focus on mitigating the effects of climate change.

The commission’s energy policy is nonbinding, but it gives applicants a better idea of what the commission would like to see in a project. Commissioners can then use the energy policy to weigh the benefits and detriments of a project.

The policy, which has not been updated since 2008, is another step for the commission as it continues to keep climate change issues at the forefront of its regional planning efforts. The policy aims

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