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DECEMBER 2019 NEWSLETTER

In This Issue:

Stories & News:
-Piecing Together the Community Power Puzzle
-Granite Geek contemplates 'Community Power'
-OSI & DES Issue EV Fast Charging RFP
-Governor Issues Offshore Wind Executive Order
-Lebanon Completes Numerous Solar Installations
-In Depth NH: 13 Ways of Looking at Electric Rates in NH
-Happy Holidays from YPIE
Events:
-1/6, NHSaves stakeholder feedback session
-Sign up for 2020 Button Ups!
Jobs:
-NH PUC Utility Analyst IV, Electric Division
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Stories & News
FEATURE: Piecing Together the Community Power Puzzle
The cities, towns, and counties are buzzing. The Granite Geek is scared out of his wits. There is something new in New Hampshire called ‘Community Power.’ It has captured the imaginations of many, but how does it all really work? Read full article here.
Granite Geek: NH law subjects 'Reddy Kilowatt to local control'
Concord Monitor journalist David Brooks reflects on the challenges and opportunities of New Hampshire's new 'Community Power' law. Read column here.
NH Office of Strategic Initiatives and Department of Environmental Services Issue RFP for 'Direct Current Fast Charging Infrastructure'
  • Awarded funding could facilitate construction of EV charging infrastructure at a half dozen to a dozen sites
  • Funding will be awarded to a single entity capable of developing fast charging infrastructure
  • Proposals are encouraged to include both DC fast charging and level II charging
  • Proposals within a mile and a half of 'fast charging corridors' will be scored more favorably (see map below)
  • Proposals may include innovative such as onsite generation
  • Proposals due January 24, 2020
  • If you are an interested site host, please notify Tim White of DES <timothy.white@des.nh.gov>
  • View official website for further information.
City of Lebanon Completes Solar Installations at Numerous Sites
Learn more about the latest renewable energy projects for the city here.
Governor Sununu Issues Executive Order 'Preparing NH for Future Offshore Wind Development'
On December 3rd, Governor Sununu issued Executive Order 2019-06, 'preparing New Hampshire for future offshore wind development and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Offshore Renewable Energy Task Force.' The Order discusses offshore wind as an unprecedented opportunity to generate abundant renewable energy and boost the state's economy by attracting investment and creating quality jobs. The Order establishes four 'advisory boards':
  1. Fisheries, endangered species, and environmental impacts advisory board, chaired by the commissioner of the Department of Environmental services, or designee
  2. Workforce, economic development, and supply chain advisory board, chaired by the commissioner of the Department of Business and Economic Affairs, or designee
  3. Existing offshore industries advisory board, chaired by the executive director of the Pease Development Authority, or designee
  4. Siting, transmission, and infrastructure advisory board, chaired by the director of the office of strategic initiatives, or designee
All meetings will be open to the public. Advisory boards will report updates to BOEM quarterly. Two studies will be completed by January 2021:
  1. Historical and forward looking greenhouse gas reduction potential of offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine at varying levels of system installations
  2. New Hampshire's existing port infrastructure, coastal transmission infrastructure, and opportunities for New Hampshire to attract offshore wind supply chain operations to New Hampshire
View official Gulf of Maine Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force website for meeting agendas and further information. A day-long meeting of the Task Force is scheduled for Thursday, December 12 at UNH in the Memorial Union Building's Strafford Room.
In Depth NH: Thirteen Ways of Looking at Electric Rates in New Hampshire
Read Column by Don Kreis, New Hampshire's Consumer Advocate acting on behalf of residential ratepayers, explaining factors affecting electricity markets and prices for New Hampshire and New England.
Gilmanton Library installing solar and heatpumps. (Photo by: Rich Maher)
Happy Holidays from New Hampshire Young Professionals in Energy!
Policy Updates
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
Energy Efficiency Resource Standard
Request for Stakeholder Feedback on NHSaves Energy Efficiency Programs

Planning is beginning for the next three years of the NHSaves energy efficiency programs. The NH Energy Efficiency and Resource Standard (EERS) Committee is seeking feedback from a wide variety of stakeholders, including contractors and trade allies who help deliver NHSaves and customers who have participated in NHSaves programs. We want to learn about your experience with the programs, to help inform future program approaches and delivery methods. 
We welcome your comments in two ways:
  • In-person at the upcoming EERS Committee Meeting on Monday, January 6, 2020 from 2 to 3 pm at the PUC Hearing Room A at 21 South Fruit Street, Concord, NH, 03301 (5-minute limit per speaker)
  • In writing via email to Don Kreis, Chair of the EERS Committee by Monday, January 13, 2020: Donald.Kreis@oca.nh.gov
We encourage comments on the following topics:
  • What NHSaves program(s) do you have experience with?
  • What is working well?
  • What could be improved?
  • Are there new programs, measures, or services that should be considered for the future?
  • What could NHSaves do differently to encourage qualified workforce to support programs?
  • What could NHSaves do differently to increase customer participation and energy savings in programs (e.g., rebate levels, financing options, qualification requirements, etc.)?
  • Are current EERS energy savings goals and associated budgets just right, too low, or too high?
  • Should energy efficiency programs aim to manage peak demand as well as overall energy use?
We value your feedback and thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts and perspectives. Further information on current NHSaves programs is available at https://nhsaves.com/. Current programs include:
  • Home Energy Assistance
  • Home Performance with ENERGY STAR
  • ENERGY STAR Homes
  • ENERGY STAR Products
  • Home Energy Report
  • Large Business Energy Solutions
  • Small Business Energy Solutions
  • Municipal Programs
  • Energy Rewards Request for Proposals
Congratulations to the following communities
who hosted NHSaves Button Up Workshops in 2019


Andover | Campton | Claremont | Gilmanton
Jaffrey | Keene | Manchester | Mason
Peterborough | Orange | Stratham | Wilton

When is the last time your community hosted an NHSaves Button Up? To sign up for a 2020 Button Up Workshop, contact Robbin Adams <robbin@plymouthenergy.org>.
See full events calendar here.
Job Posting
NH Public Utilities Commission, Utility Analyst IV, Electric Division.
Read job description here.

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