Potential GeoMicroDistrict Sites

Massachusetts has one of the oldest natural gas systems in the country, with 25% of the pipes under the ground considered ‘leakprone’(1). The map below shows the next 5 years of gas pipe replacement sites across Massachusetts. 

Replacing all these pipes will cost gas customers approximately $17 billion according to Applied Economics Clinic. At  the current rate, this cost will take over 100 years to pay off. Given our state’s mandate to reduce emissions 80% by 2050, is sinking this much money into new  fossil-fuel infrastructure wise? 

In the map below:

  • You can click on any map point to see the utility-reported information.  
  • This is just 5 years of data out of a 20 year plan.
  • The work is on public streets, not inside buildings.
  • You can view a large map here, or just click the View Larger Map button in the top right hand corner on the map below.
  • If you are experiencing difficulties viewing the map, email us.

At HEET we propose instead that these streets transition off of gas to GeoMicroDistricts.  Our GeoMicroDistrict Feasibility Study showed that GeoMicroDistricts

  • Are safer (no explosive gas!)
  • Provide renewable energy
  • Likely to be less expensive than gas 
  • Are healthier (since they reduce or eliminate combustion gasses in the home)
  • Offer both heating AND cooling

Please sign up if you are willing to consider a GeoMicroDistrict on your street. 

We share our geocoded leaks data under a Creative Commons license. Please contact us directly if you would like a copy.

You can learn more about HEET’s GSEP mapping process here.