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SEPTEMBER 2019 NEWSLETTER

In This Issue:

Stories & News:
-Community Power Legislation, a Game Changer for NH Energy?
-Dan Clapp, General Manager of NH's largest solar company, in  NH Biz Review
-Hanover Leads on Clean Energy
-Solarize Canterbury Doubles Town Solar
-Monadnock Solarize Brings Renewables to 5 Towns
-Green Real Estate Takes off in the Upper Valley
-EE Relationship Managers, facilitating NHSaves implementation.
Policy & Resources:
-Download 2019 energy legislation recap
-NHEEP Energy Programs for NH Schools
Events:
-9/16, Charge Forward EV Relay
-National Drive Electric Week
-9/27, Bi-State EV Connector, Lebanon
-Button Ups in Wilton, Mason, Campton, Claremont, Jaffrey, and Manchester
-11/15, LES Conference, Concord
Jobs:
-Clean Energy NH, North Country Weatherize Coordinator
LES is coordinated by
Community Energy Photo Competition!
Clean Energy NH is hosting a community energy photo competition! To enter, submit your best photos of New Hampshire renewable energy projects to henry@cleanenergynh.org (JPEG or PNG). Photos will be displayed at this year's LES Conference (11/15).
See our Full Calendar of Events here.
Visit www.nhenergy.org for further resources.
Stories & News
Community Power in New Hampshire - SB 286 Enacted into Law
  • Senate Bill 286, recently signed into law, will give Granite Staters greater control over their energy choices and could help modernize New Hampshire's energy system.
  • Under Community Power programs, local governments can procure and provide electricity to their residents and businesses, lowering costs and providing other energy services.
  • Electric distribution utilities (e.g., Eversource, NH Electric Coop, Liberty Utilities, Unitil) continue to deliver electricity over their poles and wires.
  • After town meeting approval of Community Power programs, all customers not already on competitive supply are notified and automatically enrolled, unless they choose to switch back to their regulated utility as their electricity supplier.
  • At least eight states currently enable similar programs, sometimes referred to as "municipal aggregation" or "community choice aggregation."
  • In addition to bulk energy purchasing, the new law can be a vehicle to construct local renewable energy systems that supply power directly to Community Power programs.
  • Community Power programs can be implemented at the municipal or county level. Multiple local governments may group together to form Community Power programs.
  • Two steps for implementation: (1) governing body (e.g., select board, town council, city council, county commission) establishes an electric aggregation committee to develop a Community Power plan; (2) legislative body (e.g., town meeting, city council) approves plan.
Stay tuned for further resources and guidelines from Clean Energy NH on Community Power implementation in NH! Keep an eye out for upcoming webinar(s), fact sheets, templates, and more!
NH Business Review: Why is our "business-friendly" governor insulting our business?
Read article by Dan Clapp, Co-Founder and General Manager of New Hampshire's largest solar company, in NH Business Review here.
August 22, 2019 – Hanover Leads on Clean Energy
Energy Emporium installed the first Town of Hanover solar array at the Police Department as part of Solarize Hanover 1.0 in 2016. August 2019, three years later, Hanover continues to add new additions to the growing solar supply, soon to total nearly 1,000 kilowatts in size. Read full article here.

Canterbury Solarize Doubles Town Solar
The Canterbury Town Energy Committee has just completed an amazingly successful Solarize campaign.  Since May 29, 38 contracts for solar installations have been signed, and one DIY installation is happening. That translates to a 65% increase in installations and more than a 100% increase in total solar generation. This would not have been possible without the support of the community and the energetic participation of our partner designer/installer companies, 603 Solar and Adams Energy. The committee was joined by more than 30 other community members who helped by planning and executing the May 29 Kickoff and the September 10 Celebration, advertising, planning or hosting the solar home tours, tabling at Farmers Markets. This truly community effort has resulted in 9.2% of Canterbury households having solar installations by year end!

Monadnock Solarize Boosts Renewalbes in 5 Southwestern Towns
This past spring, Solarize Monadnock successfully launched its first campaign in five Monadnock towns - Peterborough, Hancock, Sharon, Rindge, and Fitzwilliam. The program generated a lot of excitement for renewables that has translated into a spike of solar installations. While totals are still fluid, 43 solar installations, totaling 357 kW, have been contracted in the 5 towns to date. Numbers will be updated as the year draws to a close, so stay tuned.
Green Real Estate Takes Off in the Upper Valley
Over 40 Realtors are meeting in Enfield on September 10 for the Green Real Estate Crash Course, where they will learn how to connect home buyers and sellers with the myriad of resources available at vitalcommunities.org/greenrealestate. These resources are free and available to the public, so feel free to encourage buyers, sellers, and Realtors in your community to use these resources and make energy efficiency an easy and helpful part of every home sale.
EE Relationship Managers – Boots on the Ground Facilitating NH’s Efficiency Economy
Energy Efficiency Relationship Managers are the boots on the ground facilitating NHSaves Energy Efficiency Program Implementation for Liberty Utilities in the Upper Valley and along the I93 and Rt. 3 Corridor. Read about Relationship Managers here and learn how they are helping Liberty Utilities customers save money on their energy bills.
Young Professionals in Energy visit Appledore Island and the Isle of Shoals to tour solar + storage-powered microgrid and other sustainable facilities. Thank you to Unitil, The Nature Conservancy, and ReVision Energy for sponsoring!
Policy & Resources
Download the 2019 Energy Legislation Recap here.
The legislature will hold veto override votes on September 18 and 19.

NH Energy Education Project Offers Free Programs for NH Schools
Through a partnership with NHSaves the New Hampshire Energy Education Program (NHEEP) can offer a number of programs at most New Hampshire schools for no cost this year! Please pass information on to teachers and schools in your region about the following programs:

  • Hands-on, Minds-on STEM Workshops for Students (K-12) 
  • NHEEP brings the materials (lots of hands-on gadgets!) to the classroom, provides a lesson plan, and helps teachers to integrate lessons about energy and efficiency into their curriculum.  Offered at no cost to most schools in NH.    
  • NGSS Instructional Toolkit Workshops for Teachers
  • NHSaves offers NHEEP’s NGSS Instructional Toolkit Workshops at no cost to teachers in most NH schools. These full-day teacher PD workshops will take a deep dive into the Next Generation Science Standards through guided discovery and activities, and help teachers bring energy efficiency and hands-on energy learning into their classrooms. 
  • NHSaves Education Challenge A Literacy Challenge for Students (K-12)
  • The NHSaves Education Challenge is an interdisciplinary opportunity for students to hone writing skills, engage with their community around energy choices and have the opportunity to be published and recognized for their work.
  • LED Light Bulb Fundraising Opportunity
  • Raise money for the school or affiliated clubs/groups, like the PTA or sports teams, while also encouraging energy efficiency and cost-savings for families. 100% of profits go to the school.
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.
Events
National Drive Electric Week - Coming to a NH Community Near You!
National Drive Electric Week is a week-long celebration of Electric Vehicles & Technology. We have a bunch of events scheduled across NH, with our kick-off event taking place in downtown Concord on Saturday, September 14th at City Plaza in front of the State House, next to the Farmer’s Market. Join us!

Don't miss out on your regional Electric Vehicle showcase event:
Bi-State Electric Vehicle (EV) Connector
Friday, September 27th from 9am – 3pm
At Hypertherm in Lebanon, NH
Link to more info: https://www.granitestatecleancities.nh.gov/happening/events.htm
Fall NHSaves Button Up Workshops
 
Wilton NHSaves Button Up Workshop
  • When – Tuesday Sept. 24, 2019; doors open at 6:30, workshop to start at 7:00 pm
  • Where – Wilton Public Library, 7 Forest Road, Wilton, NH
  • Refreshments – yes
  • Local Partners – Souhegan Sustainability, Wilton Community Center, Wilton Public Library
  • Presenter – Ted Stiles
  • Questions -  Sandy Lafleur, souhegansustainabilityfair@gmail.com, (603) 654-1245.
Mason NHSaves Button Up Workshop
  • When – Thursday September 12th, 2019 Doors open at 7:00pm and the workshop begins at 7:15pm
  • Where – Mason Church Fellowship Hall, 33 Valley Rd. Mason, NH
  • Refreshments – yes
  • Local Partners – Mason Energy Commission, Mason Conservation Commission, Mason Elementary School, Mason Church, Town of Mason, Temple Eco Energy Committee, Clean Energy NH
  • Presenter -  Ted Stiles
  • Questions – Marina MacIntosh mbmac8@gmail.com
Campton NHSaves Button Up Workshop
  • When – Friday October 25th workshop starting at 6:30pm
  • Where – Campton Public Library at Campton Elementary School 1110 NH RTE 175 STE B Campton NH 03223
  • Refreshments – yes
  • Local partners – TBD
  • Presenter – Andy Duncan
  • Questions -  email Robbin Adams at robbin@plymouthenergy.org
Claremont NHSaves Button Up Workshop
  • When – Tuesday September 24th, 2019; Doors open at 6:00pm presentation starts at 6:30pm
  • Where – Sugar River Valley Technical Center 111 South St. Claremont, NH
  • Refreshments – yes
  • Local Partners – Home Depot of Claremont, Claremont Energy Advisor Committee, City of Claremont, LaValley’s Building Supply
  • Presenter – Andy Duncan
  • Questions -  call Scott Osgood at 603-504-0347
Jaffery NHSaves Button Up Workshop
  • When – Thursday October 17th Doors opening at 5:30pm workshop starting at 6:00pm
  • Where – Jaffrey Civic Center 40 Main St. Jaffrey, NH
  • Refreshments – yes
  • Local partners – TBD
  • Presenter – Ted Stiles
  • Questions – Jaffrey Climate Initiative FB page or call Dorothy McCagg 401-837-1160.
Manchester NHSaves Button Up Workshop
  • When –Saturday October 5th 2019 11:00am to Noon this is part of the Sustainability Fair
  • Where – UU Manchester Fellowship Hall, 669 Union Street, Manchester, NH
  • Refreshments – no
  • Local partners – QC Bike Collective, League of Conservation Voters, Citizens Climate Lobby, Area UU Churches
  • Presenter – Andy Duncan
  • Questions – email Mary Till at mlt145@comcast.net
The Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative will work with the local host to make the arrangements for the workshop and will provide a speaker at no cost to the host and the publicity.  Hosts need to find a location, date and help publicize the workshop locally.  For businesses wishing to host this workshop for their employees, the workshop can be scaled back to run for one hour.

If your municipal board, energy committee, business or local organization would like to host a workshop (at no cost to you), please contact Robbin Adams, Button Up Coordinator, at the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative, 603-536-5030 or robbin@plymouthenergy.org

Sandra Jones, Co-Director, PAREI | PO Box 753  79 Highland Street | Plymouth, NH 03264 | (603) 536-5030 | www.plymouthenergy.org | www.localfoodsplymouth.org
See full events calendar here.
Job Posting
Clean Energy NH is hiring a North Country Weatherization Coordinator. See full job description here and contact Henry Herndon <henry@cleanenergynh.org> with inquiries.

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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