On May 1, 2013 the Nantucket Board of Selectmen unanimously endorsed a set of energy policy recommendations to guide the Town's role in energy-related matters. The recommendations are the culmination of a year-long process that also involved development of a draft set of guidelines, and solicitation of comments and views from survey respondents and other interested stakeholders.
For simplicity, as suggested by one respondent, the policy recommendations are divided into three categories: energy efficiency, renewable energy and general planning and administration. In each case, a general policy recommendation is followed by detailed measures for implementation.
As a result of the Board of Selectmen's endorsement, Town Administration is tasked with the management and implementation of the following energy policy recommendations:
Policy Recommendations for Energy Efficiency
1. Continue to implement cost-effective plans to reduce energy consumption.
1.a. Monitor and distribute information on Town energy consumption.
1.b Continue to audit energy consumption of each Town building.
1.c. Encourage Town department heads and staff to reduce energy consumption through behavioral and efficiency measures.
1.d. Provide information on energy efficiency and energy conservation to Town residents and businesses.
1.e. Support business for Nantucket-based contractors and retailers.
Policy Recommendations for Renewable Energy
2. Support private efforts to develop solar energy and geothermal energy recovery installations, but without Town responsibility for development.
2.a Participate in feasibility studies to address island-specific concerns and potential impacts.
2.b. Take inventory of Town-owned facilities and land for opportunities to develop of solar PV facilities.
2.d. Procure private project developers for feasible projects through a competitive process.
2.e. Continue to register and sell Class I Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from the Nantucket High School wind turbine.
2.f Seek to purchase net metering credits from all available sources in a way that maximizes the financial benefits to the Town.
2.g. Be receptive to proposals to develop privately-owned pyrolysis or other facilities to utilize residual materials from waste processing operations.
Policy Recommendations for Town Planning and Administration
3. Require energy efficiency to be considered as a factor in all planning decision, facility design and construction decisions, and vehicle purchases.
3.a. Ensure that the scopes of significant Town planning initiatives consider the implications for energy consumption.
3.b. Require the designs of all new and renovated municipal facilities to incorporate energy efficiency and conservation measures.
3.c Consider costs for electricity and fuels as a line item in the budget of every Town department.
3.d. Develop and enforce policies to encourage efficient use of existing Town vehicles and purchases of new fuel-efficient Town vehicles.
3.e. Work with HDC on policies to install energy efficiency measures, solar facilities and alternative materials.
3.f. Continue to procure electricity for municipal sources from third-party competitive suppliers through a competitive process.
3.g. Do not develop long-term energy plans or carbon emission reduction plans unless mandated to do so.
3.h. Explore a relationship or affiliation with the Cape Light Compact.
3.i Explore procurement of an energy service company.
3.i Re-consider appropriate roles for volunteers to support the implementation of these policies.
3.k. Educate local builders and contractors to comply with forthcoming changes in the Massachusetts base building energy code.
4. Do not adopt numeric goals to reduce Town-wide energy consumption or greenhouse gas emissions.
5. Do not pursue designation as a Green Community.
For more information visit: www.ackenergy.org
Lauren M. Sinatra
Energy Project & Outreach Coordinator
Town of Nantucket Energy Office
office: (508) 325-5379