Energy Committee


The West Tisbury School -- built from 1973–1995 -- is by far the largest energy user in our town and has had the least work done to date to make it energy-efficient in keeping with climate goals set by the Town for 2040 and State by 2050.

In 2022, an analysis by RDH Building Science, Inc. on behalf of the Up-Island School District Committee found strategies for a more efficient, comfortable and healthier school for all who come to learn and teach there, based on energy use and building envelope. We encourage you to read the 3 documents below to learn more about our school and ways to improve its learning environment and energy performance.

W Tisbury Zero Carbon Feasibility Study_Part 1 of 3

W Tisbury Zero Carbon Feasibility Study_Part 2 of 3

W Tisbury Zero Carbon Feasibility Study_Part 3 of 3

Energy Efficiency Rebates and Incentives from Cape Light Compact

The Town of West Tisbury and Vineyard Power were selected by the Cape Light Compact as the Community First Partner for Martha’s Vineyard, helping to raise awareness about the Mass Save (energy efficiency) Programs and to provide cost-saving energy efficiency upgrades to residents and small businesses in our town.

Please click on the links below for information on energy efficiency programs residents of West Tisbury are eligible for:

  1. Participate in Mass Save, a program administered by the Cape Light Compact, for discounts,rebates,financing,and in some cases,free weatherization of your house and conversion to heat pumps.Sign-up for a no-cost Energy Assessment!
  2. Learn more about Residential Energy Efficiency rebates & incentives and Energy Savings Tips from the Cape Light Compact
  3. For income eligible folks,save money on your electric bill by signing up for a variety of electricity bill assistance programs.
  4. Sign-up for a no-cost Energy Coaching session with Vineyard Power to receive support in starting your electrification journey.

Cape Light Compact -Energy Saving Tips

Home energy assessment, rebates, and loans: Cape Light Compact

West Tisbury Resilience Project Report - click here

CLear Energy And Resiliency (CLEAR)

MARCH 2021

The Energy Committee is an advisory body, which oversees, reviews and advises the town on energy use and measures that will help decrease our town's contribution to climate change.

Charge to the West Tisbury Energy Committee

The Select Board, in view of the climate crisis which the Governor describes as affecting all aspects of human endeavor, hereby establishes an Energy Committee that:

  • Consists of 5-7 members appointed by the Select Board for three-year terms each dating from the Annual Town Meeting, in three classes, offset by one year, with no term limits;
  • Consists of citizens of the town who are willing to qualify under the West Tisbury standards for Boards and Committees (once adopted) and have or are willing to acquire knowledge of energy resources and administration;
  • Annually nominates and elects by majority vote a Chair, a Vice-Chair, and a Clerk at the next meeting after the annual town meeting.

Energy Committee CHARGE

Mitigate the effects of climate change by leading the town in establishing a clean, affordable, equitable, and resilient energy future.

Energy Committee MISSION

Assist and advise the Town in achieving State and Local Energy goals by:

  • Accessing State, Federal and local resources;
  • Reviewing and updating Town by-laws and regulations at least annually;
  • Promoting and participating in clean, affordable, equitable and resilient energy programs.

In the Fall of 2020, the Town unanimously passed a resolution to be 100% Renewable by 2040.  This resolution applies to all West Tisbury residents, buildings and vehicles.  The Energy Committee is working now to provide our townspeople with information so that they can help us meet this goal.  Our hope is that all buildings and transportation in the town will be converted, over time, to use electricity from renewable sources as their sole energy source.

The Town became a Green Community in 2011 and the Energy Committee has overseen the reduction of the town buildings' energy use by 20% since we joined the program.  Our goal is to continue to improve the town buildings' energy performance by increasing efficiency measures and by converting all town buildings over to electricity, provided from renewable sources, for all heating, cooling and water heating.  

We are now working to add the School to the Green Communities program and reduce its energy use by at least 20% and also convert it, over time, to get all its energy needs from electricity.

At present, the solar array at the landfill provides renewably generated electricity for all town buildings.  A next goal is to provide resilience to town buildings using solar and battery banks so that our town can continue to function as needed in a prolonged power failure.

To see our current documents and information, go to the Form and Documents button at the upper left.  


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Staff Contacts

Committee Members

Name Title
Richard Andre Vice Chair
Kate Warner Clerk
Nicola Blake Committee Member
Sue Hruby Committee Member
Michael Gately Committee Member
John Christensen Chair