energy efficiency

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.

Renewable Energy: A Primer for Municipal Leaders

By Mark John Brassard

There's certainly a lot of "buzz" today about renewable energy. It's a topic that's on the minds of many municipal officials as they seek to contain and reduce ever-rising utility costs. The fact that we, as a region, pay more for electricity than any other region in the United States is a harsh reality every New England government center must face. And it seems the slightest hint of turmoil in the Middle East, or the threat of a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico, is enough to send the price of fuel-the price of energy-skyrocketing.

Energy Technical Assistance and Planning for New Hampshire Communities

By Eric Halter

Is your town hall drafty? Do your employees complain that parts of the buildings are freezing and others sweltering? Are your municipal energy bills too high? Do you feel stuck knowing that you need to make energy improvements, but not knowing where to start? Making progress on solving these problems can take a back seat to more pressing municipal issues. But, given the challenging economy, now is the time to find ways to reduce your costs by addressing energy efficiency.

Concord Pilots Anti-Idling Equipment in City Vehicles

The City of Concord has focused on energy efficiency measures for several years in an effort to reduce energy consumption in the city's building and transportation sectors. Finance staff has been tracking energy use in both buildings and vehicles, which has led to implementation of numerous initiatives, including use of biodiesel in some fleet vehicles.

In late December 2010, Concord embarked on a new initiative with the installation of vehicle anti-idling equipment in eight fleet vehicles, including seven light duty trucks and one police sedan.

The Commute Green New Hampshire Challenge: Reduce 50,000 Vehicle Miles

Commute Green New Hampshire is a statewide initiative designed to encourage individuals to consider green commuting options like walking, biking, carpooling and public transportation during the week of Monday, May 16—Friday, May 20. New Hampshire's eight regional planning commissions are working with citizens, businesses, local governments and organizations to promote the initiative, which coincides with National Bike-Walk to Work Day on Friday, May 20.