BARNSTABLE – The Environmental Protection Agency has announced new goals to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent from 2005 figures by the year 2030, but on Cape Cod energy advocates have already started that work.
Some Cape towns are already in the forefront of energy efficiency,
Richard Elrick, energy coordinator for the towns of Barnstable and Bourne, said the two towns have made a lot of progress on the issue.
In addition, Elrick said the towns of Barnstable, Falmouth and Nantucket also have charging stations for electric vehicles.
Bourne was among the towns across the commonwealth to participate in Solarize Massachusetts to encourage installation of solar panels on buildings. Through the program, 35 Bourne residents installed the panels, Elrick said.
THE PRESIDENT’S ANNOUNCEMENT ON NEW EMISSIONS STANDARDS HAS ENERGY EXPERTS ON THE CAPE EVALUATING THE REGION’S PROGRESS. THE TOWNS OF BARNSTABLE AND BOURNE HAVE MADE PROGRESS IN BRINGING DOWN EMISSIONS, ACCORDING TO RICHARD ELRICK, THE ENERGY COORDINATOR FOR BOTH TOWNS. ELRICK SAYS THE TOWN OF BOURNE HAS COMPLETED A NUMBER OF PROJECTS.
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BOURNE ALSO HAS PARTICIPATED IN THE SOLARIZE MASSACHSUETTS EFFORT TO GET HOMEOWENRS AND BUSINESSES TO INSTALL SOLAR PANELS.