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Stories & News
-OSI Releases VW Mitigation Plan
-OSI Releases State Energy Strategy
-Oyster River Students Visit Durham Solar
-Liberty Gas Decouples Revenue
-Community Solar: Tolemac
-LES: Energy Master Planning
-LES: Model Solar Zoning Ordinance
-ACEEE: Financing Clean Energy
Job Postings
-NHSEA Executive Director
-Monadnock Energy Hub Coordinator
-PUC Sustainable Energy Division Analyst
-Green Your Fleet!
-Sign up for Button Up
Policy Updates
City of Claremont hosts community forum on residential solar.
See our Full Calendar of Events here.
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NH Sustainable Energy Association
Stories and News
NH Office of Strategic Initiative (OSI) releases Draft Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Plan
The Plan proposes using $4.6 million for electric vehicle charging stations.  For more information please visit  OSI’s website.
NH Office of Strategic Initiative (OSI) releases State Energy Strategy
  • Listen to Laura Knoy, host of NHPR's "The Exchange", explore the strategy here.
  • Read the Strategy in full here.
Oyster River Elementary Students Visit Durham Solar Array
On Friday, April 6, 4th graders from the Mast Way and Mohariment elementary schools visited the Town of Durham's vast and innovative solar array. The visit was part of the fourth grade science unit on renewable and non-renewable energy. Read more here.
CONCORD MONITOR: 'First time in New Hampshire' rate system for Liberty Gas would compensate for losses due to energy efficiency
In a move that the state Consumer Advocate calls a “decisive step forward into the 21st century,” the state wants to change the way Liberty Utilities gets paid for natural gas to make it easier to create energy efficiency...
Tolemac Solar - A New Hampshire Community Solar Project
Read Professor Michael Mooiman's blog on community solar here.
LES has two excellent upcoming webinars! Registration below.

LES Webinar: Energy Master Planning -
Lessons from Claremont and Dover

When: May 11, 2018 12:00 PM EDT

Please join us for a webinar highlighting two exemplars of municipal energy planning in New Hampshire.

-Michael McCrory, City Planner, Claremont
-David Carpenter, Community Development Planner, Dover
-Elena Piekut, Assistant City Planner, Zoning Administrator, Dover

In this webinar we will discuss two approaches to energy planning:
1. Full-fledged energy chapters in Master Plans
2. Incorporating energy considerations across multiple Master Plan chapters

Come learn about how planning impacts local energy project execution on the ground! You can find Dover's "Stewardship of Resources" Master Planning chapter here and Claremont's "Energy" Master Planning chapter here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

LES Webinar: Model Solar Zoning Ordinance

When: Jun 4, 2018 12:00 PM EDT

Please join us for a webinar on NHSEA's newly released Model Solar Zoning Ordinance.

-Dr. Clay Mitchell, Esq., University of New Hampshire
-Mark Fougere, Planning Consultant, Henniker

New Hampshire has not yet seen a dramatic growth of solar power development like our neighbors in Vermont & Massachusetts. We know, however, it’s upon us, and in a few communities, has already arrived. Large-scale (and rooftop) solar can offer great benefits to both a community and the state, but there are also concerns that must be addressed in order to give communities both comfort and control.  NHSEA and partners held an event in June 2017, Guiding NH to Smart Solar Siting, in order to bring people together to proactively deal with these imminent challenges and opportunities. One outcome of this event resulted in a call for model solar ordinance language that communities can use to create solar-friendly rules that also protect the community. NHSEA partnered with two NH planners and diverse  municipal and industry stakeholder input, to develop this model ordinance.  This brand-new model ordinance will be presented and discussed in this webinar. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

ACEEE Webinar on Financing Clean Energy Projects
On Tuesday, May 8 at 3:00 p.m., the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy will host a webinar to explore how states, cities, and localities can best finance energy efficiency projects and achieve clean energy goals. Read more here.
Job Postings
New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association - Executive Director
View full job description here.
Monadnock Energy Hub - Program Coordinator
View full job description here.
Public Utilities Commission, Sustainable Energy Division - Analyst
View full job description here.
Clean Cities Coalition Green Your Fleet Workshop
Granite State Clean Cities Coalition proudly presents the 2018 Green Your Fleet! (GYF) Workshop.  GYF features an electrifying agenda containing the latest in alternative fuels, advanced vehicles and technology trends … including Jamie Page-Deaton of U.S. News & World Report as our Keynote Speaker.  Click this link to learn more and REGISTER TODAY!
When: Friday, June 1st
Where: NH Motor Speedway, Loudon
Has your community hosted a Button Up Recently? Now is the time!
Would you like a free NHSaves Button Up presentation in your community?  These popular energy efficiency workshops feature energy efficiency tips for homeowners.  Contact Robbin Adams at PAREI <> for more information, or see the NHSaves Calendar for these and other upcoming workshops. 
Lakes Region Community College is hosting the Connecting Workforce Resources Spring Tour for employers on Wednesday, May 16, 9 - 11 am.
At LRCC's Academic Commons, 379 Belmont Rd, Laconia, NH.

Join us for speed networking with six core workforce programs under one roof!

Free event for employers and HR professionals.  Light refreshments -- please pre-register via Eventbrite:
Flyer- Connecting Workforce Resources, May 16 at LRCC
See full events calendar here.
Policy Updates
  • HB 446, which raises the project size cap for net metering projects receiving default energy service rate from 1 megawatt to 5 megawatt, passes the House!
  • Keep up to date on Current Energy Legislation here.

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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