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JANUARY 2020 NEWSLETTER

In This Issue:

Stories & News:
-Two NH Schools Vote for Solar
-Energy Circuit Rider helps Coös Towns Become more Energy Efficient
-PUC Staff to Eversource: Time for a Haircut
-A Lackluster Approach to Clean Energy
-NH Regional Outlier on Climate, Clean Energy
Policy Updates:
-Legislature introduces bill to regulate Energy Committees
-NHPUC Opens Docket on "Development of Multi-use, Online Energy Data Platform"
Events & Webinars:
-NH Youth Climate/Clean Energy Town Hall
-ASHRAE Webinar: Designing for Sustainability
Resources & Trainings:
-NHEEP Free Energy Edu Workshops
-Workforce Dev. w/ LRCC
-State Vehicle Contract includes EV, PHEV
Jobs:
-Clean Energy NH, Regulatory Affairs
-NEGEF, Program Manager for Grow Grants
See our Full Calendar of Events here.
Visit www.nhenergy.org for further resources.
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Stories & News
Two New Hampshire High Schools Vote for Solar
The Profile School Board completed a competitive bid process and selected Barrington Power for the design, installation, maintenance and financing of a 344 kW solar array.  The project will be a fixed ground mount and will be structured as a Power Purchase Agreement.  Profile High School serves the towns of Littleton, Bethlehem, Easton, Franconia, and Sugar Hill.

The ConVal School Board unanimously recommended a warrant article that would green light the development of a rooftop solar array on the high school.

The warrant article specifies that the proposed 300-kilowatt project would be operated by ReVision Energy. ConVal School serves the towns of Antrim, Bennington, Dublin, Francestown, Greenfield, Hancock, Peterborough, Sharon and Temple. Read article here.

(Photo by Cheryl Senter, courtesy of the NH Charitable Foundation)
Energy Circuit Rider Helps Towns Become More Energy Efficient
New position created with funding from Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund brings energy-efficiency to towns and school districts in Coös County, with an eye to driving demand for sustainable energy systems and creating jobs in related industries. Read full article here.
NHBR - Offshore Wind in NH: Now What?
With support for the industry, the future of the energy source is a bright and booming one. Read full article here.
In-Depth NH - PUC Staff to Eversource: Time for a Hair Cut
New Hampshire Consumer Advocate Don Kreis summarizes the ongoing Eversource rate case at the Public Utilities Commission where the utility company has proposed a $70 million increase in rates. Read full article here.
Concord Monitor: A Lack Luster Approach to Clean Energy 
Concord Monitor editorial staff call Governor Sununu's clean energy proposal "a bunt single with nobody on base." Read full editorial here.
Energy News Network: NH a Regional Outlier on Climate, Clean Energy under Gov. Sununu
Energy News Network in depth piece on energy policy in New Hampshire provides comprehensive recap of our current energy policy landscape. Read full article here.
Policy Updates
NOTICE: Legislature introduces bill (HB1479) to regulate Local Energy Committees. 
  • Bill text: here.
  • Hearing Date: Wednesday January 29 | 10:00am | Legislative Office Building 301
  • Referred to: Municipal & County Government Committee
Regulatory Happenings

Clean Energy Fund Stakeholder Meeting
As part of Eversource's divestiture of its generation fleet, the company set aside $5 million dollars to capitalize a "Clean Energy Fund." The Public Utilities Commission is in process of determining how to administer that fund.
  • When: Monday, January 27 1:30 - 4:30
  • Where: NH Public Utilities Commission, 21 S. Fruit Street, Concord
Net Metering 900 Rules Public Comment Hearing
  • When: Tuesday, January 28 10:00am - 1:00pm
  • Where: NH Public Utilities Commission, 21 S. Fruit Street, Concord
Commercial & Industrial Solar Rebate Public Comment Hearing
  • When: Thursday, January 30 10:00am - 12:00pm.
Docket No. DE 19-197, Development of Statewide, Multi-use Online Energy Data Platform
  • Docket Book: here.
  • Pre-Hearing Conference: Monday February 3, 10:00am
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. View a full list of energy legislation here.
Events & Webinars
NH Youth
Climate and Clean Energy Town Hall

Contact:
Clara Chaisson | cchaisson@hubbardbrookfoundation.org | (410) 530-8625
Lindsey Walter | Lindsey.M.Walter@tuck.dartmouth.edu | (616) 502-0030
 
Young Voters to Interview 2020 Presidential Candidates at Climate Town Hall
Days before the primary, students in New Hampshire will bring their clean energy and environmental policy questions to the presidential candidates.

CONCORD, NH – Presidential candidates and students from New Hampshire high schools, colleges, and universities will share the stage at the NH Youth Climate & Clean Energy Town Hall on February 5, 2020, at the Bank of NH Stage, in Concord, NH.

What: NH Youth Climate and Clean Energy Town Hall
When: Wednesday, February 5th 9 AM – 5 PM
Where: Bank Of New Hampshire Stage 16 South Main Street Concord, NH
Who: Presidential candidates and students from NH colleges, universities, and high schools
Web: https://tuckenergy.wixsite.com/youthclimateforum20
Details: here
Grante State ASHRAE Webinar:

Designing For Sustainability in the Built Environment

Date: January 28th at 7 PM
Registration: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6302441736626042893

ASHRAE's January webinar --- Designing for Sustainability in the Built Environment --- will broaden our view of temperature in the built environment by taking us outside of the building envelope. We will challenge what we mean by “sustainability” and describe some of the unexpected challenges that global warming projections will bring to our systems and buildings in coming decades.
 
Speaker Biography
Steve Wourgiotis is passionate about sustainability, and in particular wants to help businesses transition from today’s status quo to a greener future. He has consulted to organizations large and small, locally and internationally for almost 25 years. Steve loves to be at the overlap between business and sustainability, where he can bring expertise in leadership, strategy and finance to companies who want to thrive for the long term. Steve leads customer innovation at the NeuroLeadership Institute, where he is in the process of launching a sustainability practice. He recently became an adjunct Professor at the University of New Hampshire, teaching sustainability topics in the Peter T. Paul School of Business. He holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, a BA from the University of New Hampshire, and is pursuing a master’s degree in Sustainability from Harvard University.
Resources & Trainings
Free Energy Education Workshops

All K-12 schools in the NHSaves utilities’ service area* can take advantage of these FREE New Hampshire Energy Education Project (NHEEP) workshops. Learn more here.
Energy Workforce Development
with
Lakes Region Community College

Welcome to a new decade!  Lakes Region Community College offering a strong array of Energy Workforce Development Programming this year.

Building Operator Certification Classes on 8 Fridays: Feb. 21 - May 15
Spring 2020 BOC class schedule (8:00 - 4:00):
   Feb 21    Building Operations and Systems
   Mar 6      Building Energy Conservation
   Mar 20    Lighting Theory and Efficiency
   Apr 3      Electrical Systems and Distribution
   Apr 10 & 24   HVAC Controls and Operations I & II
   May 8     Indoor Air Quality Theory and Techniques
   May 15   Energy Management Planning

Participants connect the training material with hands-on assignments using their facilities.  The nationally-recognized BOC program provides a Training Certificate of Completion for qualified participants who complete this training.  An optional BOC I certification exam is also available. 

Tuition cost-share awards are available for eligible NH electric and natural gas utility customers.  This is a great opportunity for facilities staff to help reduce energy costs in their large buildings at reduced tuition!  Course information at LRCC's Energy Training Calendar

Contact LRCC tel. 603-524-3207 or Andy Duncan for registration instructions - Course registration form.

Residential Energy Auditing and Weatherization Trainings
LRCC will again be offering the 7-day BPI Building Analyst energy auditor class in April. The class focuses on building science, residential energy systems, and building diagnostics.  BPI certification testing and Fast-Track review will also be available.

We hope to also offer BPI HEP Energy Auditor training and certification this spring as an add-on module to those with Building Analyst certification. Residential Weatherization Installer trainings are also in the works.  Look for dates and registration information for these and other classes on the LRCC Energy Training Calendar web page.

Did you know that New Hampshire moved from 2009 to 2015 versions of ICC building codes as of Sept. 15, 2019?  This includes a new Energy Code, Mechanical Code, Residential Code, among other new codes.  LRCC offers the BPI Infiltration and Duct Leakage certification for technicians and code inspectors who are using a blower door and duct leakage tester to assess code compliance.  Training and certification can be provided on an as-needed basis.

For more information about Lakes Region Community College's Energy and Workforce Development programs contact Andy Duncan, aduncan@ccsnh.edu, tel. 603-366-5329.
 
EXPERIENCE    *    HANDS-ON    *    ENERGY
www.lrcc.edu/energy
State Vehicle Contract
Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid, and Electric Vehicle Options

The state vehicle contract has been released and it contains a number of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicle options. NH municipalities are able to purchase vehicles off of this contract. View contract here:

https://das.nh.gov/purchasing/docs/Notices_of_Contract/2020%20Model%20Vehicle%20Index%20Adv%20Tech.pdf
See full events calendar here.
Job Posting
Director of Regulatory Affairs with Clean Energy NH. View job posting here.
Program Manager, Grow Grants with New England Grassroots Environment Fund. View job posting here.

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