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JANUARY 2019 NEWSLETTER

In This Issue:

Stories & News:
-Sununu requests off-shore wind task force; advocates court supply businesses
-Weatherize round 3 launches
-Keene ramps up 100% RE campaign
-Solar at Children's Museum of NH
-Rindge LEC Update
-Monadnock hosts Cost Effective Clean Energy Forum for Legislators
-NH BEA releases RFP for EV strategic plan
Webinars, Resources, Policy:
-NHSaves Button Up Workshop Webinar
-Sign Up for Policy Updates and Calls
-NH Rural Renewables
-Strategic Energy Action Checklist
-Municipal Aggregation Resources
See our Full Calendar of Events here.
Visit www.nhenergy.org for further resources.
Events:
-Weatherize Mount Washington Valley Kick Off
-Rye Energy Committee Event
-Solar Ribbon Cutting, Dover
-More!
Jobs:
-350NH, Pipeline Organizer
-Solaflect Energy, Energy Advisor
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Stories & News
NHPR - Sununu requests state-federal off-shore wind task force; advocates court supply business
Business support for offshore wind is building in New Hampshire. Governor Chris Sununu said Monday he'd requested a federal task force that would be a first step to development. But some advocates aren’t waiting to try and court the growing industry. Read more here.
Weatherize Round Three launches with two community kick-off events later this month
Join neighbors in Canaan and Enfield on Saturday, January 19, at 3 pm at Mascoma Valley Regional High School. Weatherize Kearsarge launches on Saturday, January 26, at 2 pm at the Kearsarge Community Presbyterian Church in New London. These events are the best opportunity to meet your partner contractors and volunteer team, chat with neighbors who’ve already weatherized their homes, and get the nitty-gritty on costs, benefits, and incentives. Residents can learn more and request $100 audits from our team of partner contractors at VitalCommunities.org/Weatherize.
Sentinel Source - Renewable energy is inexpensive energy
The Keene City Council is considering a resolution that says by the year 2030, all electricity must come from renewable sources. This is realistic and sensible from a consumer’s perspective. If anything, the timetable may be too slow. Read more here.
The City of Keene ramps up its campaign to target 100% Renewable Energy
View website here.
Solar Array at Children's Mesuem Result of Energy Initiative Donation
Dover, N.H. — An energy efficiency and renewable energy initiative launched in 2017 continues to pay dividends for Seacoast communities. Fifteen municipalities participated in last year’s Energize 360 campaign, a grassroots effort aimed at reducing energy use and transitioning to renewable energy, which also included promises by selected vendors ReVision Energy and Yankee Thermal Imaging (YTI) to donate energy services as part of a social fund to benefit the communities at large. Read more here.
Rindge Energy Commission Update
Rindge Energy Commission has been tracking municipal energy use and reporting results in the Town Annual Report since 2010.  The Commission also shares its goals for the coming year in the report.  In 2019, the Commission will continue tracking municipal energy use, support an LED Streetlight replacement project, and focus more effort on helping residents with DIY weatherization workshops and the Solarize Monadnock campaign in cooperation with the Monadnock Energy Hub and the Fitzwilliam Energy Committee.
Cost Effective Clean Energy Solutions Forum for Monadnock Region Legislators held in December in Keene, NH
 The Monadnock Energy Hub (MEH) and the Monadnock Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) teamed up to co-host a forum for local legislators focussing on Cost Effective Clean Energy Solutions for NH. Eleven new and seasoned legislators were present to hear from members of both MEH and CCL, as well as Henry Herndon from Clean Energy NH. Topics ranged from the urgent need for climate action, a carbon fee and dividend, to energy justice.
NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs releases RFP for development of strategic plan to improve Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
View RFP here.
Webinars, Resources, & Policy
2019 LES Webinar Series Kicks Off with NHSaves Virtual Button Up Workshop

When: Thursday, January 17th, Noon - 1pm
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8364484526661443331
Description: The popular home energy savings workshop, NHSaves Button Up, will be offered as a webinar on Thursday, January 17th, Noon – 1pm. This webinar will give you tips on how to improve the energy efficiency of your home. It covers basic building science principles as well as examples of whole house weatherization measures. It also covers details about the residential energy efficiency financial incentive programs offered by NH utilities to provide energy audits, weatherization measures such as air sealing and insulating, and rebates on electric and gas appliances as well as other incentives. NH residents wishing to use energy more efficiently, conserve energy and save money on their heating and cooling bills will find this information very helpful. Andy Duncan Ph.D., Energy Training Manager for Lakes Region Community College will be the presenter. This webinar is sponsored by the utilities through NHSaves and coordinated by the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative.
Webinar: Proper Sizing and Selection of Air Source Heat Pumps

When: Friday, January 11th, Noon-1pm
Registration: https://www.nhashrae.org/january-11-webinar-on-proper-sizing-and-selection-of-air-source-heat-pumps/
Details: Organized by ASHRAE. View details here.
Want exclusive access to weekly policy emails and policy calls with Clean Energy NH experts? Email Brianna Brand <brianna@cleanenergynh.org> and become a member today.
NH Rural Renewables offers free site visits and technical assessments to small businesses and farms interested in Renewable Energy
NH Rural Renewables provides free technical assistance to small businesses and agricultural producers in the rural regions of New Hampshire, helping them evaluate and assess the potential for using renewable energy at their business. Visit website here to fill out a 5-minute survey to see if your business qualifies for a free site visit.
Strategic Energy Action Tool Kit for Energy Committees
Is your Energy Committee searching for a new energy project to implement? The Strategic Energy Action Toolkit has everything you need to get organized. See the full list of resources here, or jump straight to the Strategies Checklist.
Municipal Aggregation & Community Choice Aggregation Resources
Interested in learning more about municipal aggregation and community choice aggregation? Check out these helpful 101 videos and resources here.
Events
Rye Energy Committee - Does the Grid Still Matter?

When: Tuesday January 22   - 6:30- 8:00 p.m.
Where: Rye Public Library (581 Washington Road, Rye, NH), downstairs meeting room.
What: The Rye Energy Committee (REC) will host guest speaker Paul deGrandis for an evening of discussion on infrastructure and computing power.
Details: The topic will be Does the Grid Still Matter? - A look at how trends in computing demand impact our assumptions about power delivery.
 
Paul is an information systems and innovation leader. He helps organizations use their knowledge and assets to gain competitive advantages through novel, strategic innovations and creative culture. He has worked with startups and Fortune 500 companies to envision and execute new technical strategies, oriented around unlocking value with next-generation information systems. He has helped to produce some of the most successful companies, brands, and cutting-edge research. He has also worked on next-generation cable/broadcast systems, autonomous Internet infrastructure, distributed search and recommendation engines, massive online social game platforms, cognitive computing analysis systems, high-performance service architectures, intelligent e-commerce platforms, Cloud/Fog/Edge systems, and more.
 
REC will also have information on the latest energy saving programs and information on recent initiatives.  Light refreshments will be served.
Solar Ribbon Cutting - Dover - Children's Museum of NH

When:  February 20th, 11am-noon
Where: Children's Museum of NH, 6 Washington Street, Dover
Details: View details here.
Upcoming Commercial Energy Efficiency Trainings
Mark Your Calendar!

When & Where:
- February 2nd, Keene
- February 13th, Portsmouth
- March 1st, Manchester
- March 14, Plymouth

What: Reduce building operating expenses and solve energy problems with this 1-day “Energy Efficiency for Commercial Building Managers” intensive training sponsored by NHSaves.  The same program will be in the four locations listed above.  Topics covered include LED lighting, cold climate heat pumps, air sealing, efficient motors and retrocommissioning. Offered by Andy Duncan from Lakes Region Community College as a more condensed version of their multi-day commercial EE trainings.

Who should attend?: Public works managers, facility managers and COOs who are customers of the NHSaves utilities will benefit from these workshops.

Registration: Registration required with nominal $20 co-pay for advanced reservations for this program, normally valued at $160.  Includes continental breakfast, lunch and course materials. REGISTER HERE.

Contact: Andy Duncan, LRCC Energy and Workforce Development; Tel. 603-366-5329
Union of Concerned Scientists Event Series

This upcoming event series organized by the Union of Concerned Scientists focuses on the ongoing global security challenges and environmental impacts of climate change. See details here.
See full events calendar here.
Job Postings
350NH - Pipeline Organizer: View full job description here.
Solaflect Energy - Energy Advisor
Solarflect Energy is hiring -- come change the world with us!
Inspired to make a difference?  And intrigued by innovation in squeaky clean renewable energy? Norwich-based Solaflect Energy is growing quickly and we're eager to add a talented, Upper Valley-based Solar Advisor to our sales team.  2019 promises to be an exciting time in the solar world as the federal government's big 30% tax credit begins to wind down and families rush to go solar to beat the deadline.

Full job description: http://www.solaflect.com/were-hiring/

And if you think this might just be the opportunity for you, send a resume and cover letter to radams@solaflect.com

About the LES Work Group

Our mission is to provide collaborative guidance and technical support to Local Energy Committees & Commissions, 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.

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