energy efficiency

NHARPC CORNER: Helping Municipalities Meet Their Energy Goals

Recognizing that New Hampshire is one of the most expensive electricity markets in the nation and has significant dependency on electricity generation out-of-State, several regional planning commissions have become more involved in energy planning to help municipalities and their constituencies save on energy costs and address other municipal energy goals.  The two main approaches for assisting communities have consisted of organizing and administering Municipal Electricity Supply Aggregation programs and assisting communities in taking advantage of the State’s Community Power Aggregat

Take Advantage of Local Renewable Hydropower for Your Municipality

HB 315 Underscores Significant Opportunity for Your Community to Benefit from Participation

As a municipality in New Hampshire, you have a tremendous opportunity to benefit by getting paid for using electricity. Even better, renewable power that can support your city or town’s sustainability initiatives and increase local renewable generation. There is nothing to buy and nothing to install.

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Navigating the Solar Development Landscape Webinar

Join NHMA and NH Association of Counties for a discussion around solar development and how to develop a project at the municipal and county level.  Hear from subject matter experts who can help answer your questions about solar development challenges and issues in New Hampshire.

Webinar lead by:  Amy Manzellia, Esq. of BCM Environmental & Land Law and Maureen Callahan and Steve Birndorf of USource.


How New Hampshire Municipalities Can Take Advantage of the Expanded Net Metering Opportunities Webinar

Under recently approved HB 315, New Hampshire cities, towns and schools have the ability to significantly increase their adoption of renewable energy and receive financial incentives while doing so. This enhanced subsidy will result in a significant injection of renewable energy into the state, having long term benefits for utilities, energy users and the environment.

Keene’s Path to Community Power in New Hampshire

Community Power, also known as municipal electricity aggregation, is an emerging opportunity for New Hampshire cities and towns to negotiate lower electricity rates and cleaner energy on behalf of their communities. Community Power offers an alternative to the utility default supply service, and is frequently undertaken to reduce electricity costs, offer a stable rate, provide a responsible alternative to third party supply options, and increase renewable energy in the electricity supply.

What is Community Power and How Does Community Power Work?

RSA 53-E, relative to aggregation of electric customers by municipalities and counties, was updated in 2019 by the passage of Senate Bill 286, known as the "Community Power Law." This legislation enables local governments (cities, towns, and counties) to procure and provide electricity on behalf of their residents and businesses.

March is a Good Time to Plan Ahead for Next Year’s Energy Efficiency Improvements

As you read this, the risk of frozen pipes has subsided, your winter snow budget is likely used up, and at some point before July you need to ensure the air conditioning still works. Hopefully severely flooded roads won’t be part of the spring thaw and April showers.

Tech Insights: The Green Article

These days, it’s hip to be environmentally friendly. Not since the ’60s has the desire to save the planet been so happenin’. However, good stewardship isn’t just en vogue—it’s also financially prudent. Careful usage of technology is good stewardship by making your organization more “green” and by creating a compelling return on investment.

New Field Guide Explains the Energy Audit Process

It might surprise you to learn that the average New Hampshire school spends an annual $260 per student on energy. Energy inventories conducted in 2010 for 47 New Hampshire towns show they spent a total of $8.9 million on energy for municipal operations.

Energy used means taxpayer money spent. By effectively planning and implementing energy efficiency measures, communities can save money and demonstrate the economic and social benefits of reducing energy waste and consumption.

Dover Wastewater Treatment Facility Generates Green Energy

Treated effluent is more than water in a pipeline; it’s a potential source of clean renewable energy. While conventional-design hydro turbine generators have been considered for years as a means to scavenge and harvest this potential power source, the challenge posed by the fluctuating flow environment and has more often than not rendered this technology impractical and not cost effective.