⦿ Energy & Transportation

Princeton Residents who responded to the EAC's Fall 2017 Survey expressed interest and enthusiasm around energy issues related to green energies. The following overall goals were identified by the Environmental Action Committee and are detailed in the Environmental Action Plan.

Becoming a Designated Green Community

  • Obtain financial and technical support for energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives
  • Decrease energy use / increase energy conservation
  • Increase fuel efficiency of Town vehicles

Powering Town Buildings, Homes,  and Businesses

  • Incentivize a switch to electric power for heating, cooling, and transportation through reductions in the cost of electric power 
  • Decrease greenhouse gas emissions
  • Increase access to sustainable energy options
  • Decrease energy use

Heating and Cooling 

  • Replace fossil fuel- and wood-based heat energy sources with alternative sources (e.g., electricity and/or geothermal)
  • Increase energy conservation
  • Decrease greenhouse gas emissions

Transportation

  

  • Decrease vehicle (greenhouse gas) emissions
  • Encourage increased use of electric vehicles

Relevant Links

Topic

Link

Description

Climate /

Energy

CECPMassachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020
Climate / EnergyProject DrawdownProject Drawdown, The World’s Leading Resource for Climate Solutions
Energy
Learn about programs, incentives, and products to save money and energy in your home
EnergyEnergy Rebates & IncentivesFind energy rebates and incentives offered across state and federal agencies in the Commonwealth.
EnergyHELPSProvides energy education, home energy audits, assistance with home energy improvements and ENERGY STAR appliance rebates
EnergyReduce Your Carbon Footprint at Home10 simple steps you can take to reduce your personal and household emissions of CO2
Green CommunitiesGCDIntroduction to the Green Communities Program
TransportationCommuter RailSchedule of Trains to and from the Wachusett and Fitchburg stations
TransportationDOE & EPAFuel Economy Resources to help you choose your next vehicle

Recommended Reading

  • Farnsworth, D., Lazar, J., and Shipley, J.; "Beneficial Electrification of Water Heating," Montpelier, Vermont, Regulatory Assistance Project, January 2019
  • Shipley, J., Lazar, J., Farnsworth, D., and Kadoch, C.; "Beneficial Electrification of Space Heating," Montpelier, Vermont, Regulatory Assistance Project, January 2019

This page was last updated on July 17, 2020