The availability and use of Energy resources is an area of interest to all Dukes County residents.
For General Conservation and Energy Tips:
The Department of Energy's website has informational links to energy saving tips, energy sources, energy efficiency, and other energy related areas.
For Assistance for Winter Fuel Heating Expenses:
There are a variety of programs available to those in need of fuel assistance during the winter. Individuals can connect to resources listed below through www.mass.gov/dte/consumer/fuel_assistance.htm
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) 1-800-632-8175
Salvation Army's Good Neighbor Fund 1-800-334-5124 (from 617/508/781/978)
Residential Assistance to Families in Transition (RAFT 1-800-224-5124)
For Alternate Sources of Energy on Martha's Vineyard
Vineyard Energy Project, with the assistance of Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, and funding from the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust, prepared a report regarding a 10 year energy efficiency and renewable energy action plan for Martha's Vineyard. Alternate energy resources, including Solar and Wind, are discussed and links are provided.
Cape Light Compact
The Cape Light Compact is a regional services organization made up of all 21 towns of Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard, and Barnstable and Dukes counties. The purpose of the Compact is to represent and protect consumer interests in a restructured utility industry. As authorized by each town, the Compact operates the regional energy efficiency program and works with the combined buying power of the region's 197,000 electric consumers to negotiate for lower cost electricity and other public benefits.
The Compact provides:
1) aggregated power supply
2) consumer advocacy
3) energy efficiency programs such as low income, residential, commercial and industrial, and education programs
This comprehensive approach, undertaken with legal and technical support, is vitally important as the electric industry continues in its transition to a competitive market.
For information regarding the Cape Light Compact and it's current activities use the following link