Achieving the CIGoGreen goals will cut overall energy consumption and greatly increase reliance on renewable resources while delivering major economic,
environmental, and social benefits:
• For buildings, conservation and efficiency will eliminate huge amounts of wasted energy. Solar, bioheat, and advanced electricity-based space
conditioning options will make important contributions.
• For transportation, higher-efficiency technologies, including expanded public transit, will drive a modest decrease in overall use. Clean diesel, biofuel, and plug-in electric vehicles will account for growing market shares.
• For electricity, efficiency gains and on-site wind and solar will moderate demand growth. Offshore wind will support electricity independence and help decarbonize buildings and vehicles.
A more self-reliant Cape & Islands will improve individual and community well-being across multiple dimensions:
• Residents and towns will enjoy lower bills and increased energy independence, and businesses will become more competitive.
• Fixing buildings and deploying renewable energy systems will create local jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities.
• Pollution will decrease, wastes will be transformed into resources, and public health will improve.
• The region's overall carbon footprint will shrink, and net electricity-related
emissions will be eliminated.