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Don't Miss Out on Energy Week!
Stories, News, & Photos
-Spotlight: Newport, "Sunshine Town"
-Deep Dive: Understanding Streetlight Tariffs
-Kate Epsen, NEWIEE Rising Star Awardee!
-Vital Communities Weatherize Going Strong
-Lee Energy Commission Update
-Wolfeboro All Saints Church Solar Array
-UNH Today, Energy For Change

-NHSaves: Energy Saving for Business Seminar
-Central NH Energy Expo
-Ammonoosuc Regional Energy Expo
-Kearsarge Region Energy Expo

Webinars, Webinars, Webinars!
Policy Updates
NHSEA Team Highlights


See our Full Calendar of Events here.
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EV Charging Station in Keene. Has your Energy Committee explored deploying EV charging in your town?
~LES is coordinated by
NH Sustainable Energy Association~

Don't forget to sign up for these free Energy Week events! Further details here.

NH Energy Roundtable – Monday, March 12th 4:30-6:30 pm – Keene – Register

Legislative Lunch –Wednesday, March 14th – Concord
(please email Brianna Brand at to RSVP)

NH Energy Roundtable – Wednesday, March 14th 4:30-6:00pm – Dover – Register

Energy Week Breakfast featuring NH Governor Chris Sununu – Thursday, March 15th 8:00am – Grappone Conference Center – Concord – Register

Energy Week Awards Ceremony & Reception featuring former US Senator Kelly Ayotte – Thursday, March 15th 5:00pm – Concord – Register
Stories and News
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Town Spotlight: Newport, the "Sunshine Town"
Newport, seat of Sullivan county, is set to install 1.6 megawatts of solar PV at three sites...
Deep Dive: Understanding Utility Streetlight Tariffs
This article sheds light on the types of streetlight tariffs and why some provide greater economic motivation than others for converting to LEDs.
Concord Energy Committee Proposes City Goal of 100% Renewable Energy to City Council
Vital Communities Weatherize Going Strong
The Weatherize program partners local volunteer teams with qualified contractors to complete home performance upgrades. So far, almost 300 people have signed up to participate in the initiative, with more than 100 people already connected with a contractor for professional home energy assessment. Participants who commit to completing energy upgrades will be entered into a $500 drawing toward project costs. The perks of the program run through March 31, so don't delay! If you live in a town participating in Weatherize, visit to sign up and request your home energy consultation today.
Lee Energy Commission Update

Lee residents vote and Select Board recommends to move two renewable energy Warrant Articles to the town's March 13th ballot.

  1. Article 21 proposes a solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) expected to save the town an estimated $140,000-$200,000 over 20 years. Many neighboring towns, including Durham, Brentwood, and Nottingham, have entered into similar solar PPA agreements.
  2. Article 22, submitted by petition, requests initiation of a defined process that would encourage Governor Sununu to request exploration of the feasibility of offshore wind power as part of the State's renewable energy options. Portsmouth, Dover, Rye, and Merrimack have passed similar resolutions and 16 other towns have similar articles on the ballot this March.
Wolfeboro's All Saints Church Solar Array
Tuftonboro Approves Low- and Moderate-Income Community Solar Project
Tuftonboro Select Board approved a proposal for a Community Solar Project, exclusively for Low- and Moderate-Income families. The project plans to apply for Public Utilities Commission grant funding in partnership with NH Solar Shares. Tuftonboro is served by the NH Electric Coop.
Learn what you “as a Property owner or Tenant” can do to improve comfort and save money.
Date: March 15, 2018 Time: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: The Culinary Learning Center at the Hanover Consumer Co-op, 12 Centerra Parkway Lebanon NH 03766
Please join us for the Central NH Energy Expo!
When: Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 9 AM to 3:30 PM
Where: Dunbarton Elementary School Community Center

There is no charge to attend and everyone is welcome. The Energy Expo will feature a gymnasium full of energy related vendors coupled with interesting energy workshop sessions held throughout the event.

Mark your calendar now! For more information, like us on Facebook (Dunbarton Energy Committee) or on our web page at: 

Questions, contact us by email at: 
Please join us for the 2018 Ammonoosuc Energy Expo!
When: Saturday April 7th from 9 AM to 3 PM
When: Profile School in Bethlehem
The Expo includes a trade show, workshops on energy efficiency and conservation, and keynote speaker Ben Southworth of Garland Mill Timber Frames. See full agenda here.
Please join us for the 2018 Kearsarge Region Energy Expo!
When: Saturday April 7th from 10 AM to 3 PM
When: Mercer Gym, Colby-Sawyer College, New London
Hosts: Kearsarge COA's Climate Action Group, New London Energy Committee, Andover Energy Committee.
See full events calendar here.
Webinars, Webinars, Webinars!
Please register for NH Legislative Energy Policy Update on Mar 30, 2018 12:00 PM EDT at:

Join us at Noon on Friday, March 30th and we will bring you up to speed on all of the energy-related bills currently making their way through our New Hampshire Legislature.

-Kate Epsen, Executive Director, NHSEA
-Jim O'Brien, Director of External Affairs, The Nature Conservancy

March 13, 1 PM (ET) – Portfolio Manager 201

Continue to learn about EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as: editing property data; correcting and updating property use details; using the data quality checker; and sharing property data.
Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
March 6, 3 PM (ET) Cutting Waste Water: DOE and EPA Resources to Advance Water Efficiency
A growing number of organizations are taking action to reduce their water consumption to protect against rising costs, mitigate the risk of future water scarcity, and demonstrate environmental leadership. Cutting water waste has the added benefit of reducing the energy needed to treat and distribute water. Learn about tools and resources from the Energy Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that can help you meter and track water consumption, identify savings opportunities, and implement best practices to accelerate your water saving strategies.
March 9, 1 PM (ET) – The Status of Grid Modernization Efforts
States are playing an important role in modernizing the nation’s electricity grid. In this webinar, two presentations will discuss the range of activity taking place at the state level.
First, Autumn Proudlove, Manager of Policy Research at the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, will present key findings from the most recent edition of her organization’s quarterly report on the 50 States of Grid Modernization. That report describes activities that took place in 2017 in 39 states plus the District of Columbia.
Then, Steven Hauser, CEO of the GridWise Alliance, will present the conclusions from the fourth annual Grid Modernization Index, which “assesses and ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia based upon the degree to which they are moving toward a modernized electric grid.”

See more great Webinars here!
Policy Updates
NHSEA Team Highlights
Congratulations Kate Epsen, NEWIEE Rising Star Awardee!
Kate Epsen, Executive Director of NHSEA, is New England Women in Energy and the Environment's newest Rising Star Awardee. Read more here.
For Alternatives to Northern Pass, Just Look Around
See Kate's Op-Ed in the Concord Monitor on sustainable alternatives to Northern Pass.
Energy For Change

See UNH Today's recent piece on Henry Herndon's new position with NHSEA and LES here.

Local Decisions Will Help Shape State's Energy Future
See Henry's Op-Ed in the Concord Monitor on the importance and impact of local energy action.

About the LES Work Group

Our mission is to provide collaborative guidance and technical support to Local Energy Committees & Commissions (LEC's), municipalities, schools, and other political subdivisions seeking to reduce energy use, minimize energy costs, and/or reduce fossil-fuel consumption.  Consider joining our efforts: contact Henry Herndon for more information on the LES efforts and opportunities for participation.

About Our E-Newsletter: The monthly Local Energy Solutions E-newsletter is compiled and distributed by the New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association on behalf of the LES Work Group. Learn more about NHSEA.
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