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Stories & News:
-Nashua Solarize Going Strong!
-Keene Committee Backs Plan for Solar
-Veto of SB 446 Could Kill Community Solar
-Update: Lebanon Energy Advisory Committee
Policy Updates:
-Veto Override Campaign for SB 365, SB 446
-2018 RPS Review
Trainings & Resources
-LRCC Building Operator Certification
-Eversource, $3,000 Rebate on Nissan Leaf EV
-Drive Electric is Coming to Your Region!!!
-RE3 Edu-Expo, Enfield and Canaan Energy Committees
-Catalyst Conversation
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Stories & News
Nashua Telegraph: Nashua Solarize is Going Strong
A decade ago, solar power was considered the wave of the future, with many touting it as a way to move away from fossil fuels and clean up the environment. For Nashua – and New Hampshire – the future is here. (Read more here.) (Visit
Keene Sentinel: Keene Committee Backs Plan for Solar Array at City Complex
A proposed solar array in Keene could soon provide electricity for a sizable chunk of the city’s municipal energy needs. (Read more here.)
Laconia Daily Sun: Governor's Veto of SB 446 Could Kill Community Solar Projects
Andrew Kellar of New England Solar Garden discusses the repercussions of the Governor's decision to veto a bill to expand net metering in New Hampshire.
Update from the Lebanon Energy Advisory Committee
The Lebanon Energy Advisory Committee (LEAC) has recently established a Solar Subcommittee to review the potential for solar power on City-owned property. Over 30 different sites are being explored with total power production of 5 to 10 megawatts. The intention is for the City to use some of the electricity to power particular City facilities, but also to make as much of the additional power available to local residents, businesses, and institutions as possible. LEAC members are working with the City’s Energy & Facilities Manager and Planning & Development Office to write RFP’s for the project, and refine and expand the City's inventory of potential solar sites.
Lebanon Energy Advisory Committee also has a Municipal Aggregation Subcommittee that is actively exploring the development of a community choice aggregation program for Lebanon and perhaps surrounding towns in order to offer lower-price electricity with a green option.  Locally-produced solar power may be available one day through this platform.

A third Streetlight Subcommittee has been working with the Planning Office and Energy and Facilities Manager to propose a conversion of all of the City’s streetlights to high-efficiency ‘smart’ LED fixtures that will be dimmable and trimmable from a central location.  Clifton Below, City Councilor and Chair of LEAC, estimates that this will reduce energy usage by 69% in our streetlights and make possible all sorts of additional functionality if the City Council approves it.

For more information, contact Tad Montgomery, Energy and Facilities Manager, at 603-442-6140 or
Policy Updates
Veto Override Campaign for SB 365 and SB 446
Governor Sununu recently vetoed two bills that would benefit New Hampshire's local renewable energy industries. Communities across the state are rallying to express their support for a legislative override of these vetoes.

Download the Fact Sheet about these policies here.
Download a Petition to Support the Overrides here.

Do your Energy Committee or your Town Leadership take a position on these policies? Are you interested in voicing your support for a New Hampshire based renewable energy economy? Would your town be interested in writing a letter to the legislature requesting support for the veto override? If so, PLEASE contact - Henry Herndon at to learn more.
Senator Avard Video Discussing SB 365 & SB 446
2018 Review of Renewable Portfolio Standard Law
RSA 362-F

New Hampshire’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) law requires the Public Utilities Commission (Commission) to conduct a review of the RPS program beginning in January 2018 and to make a report of its findings to the General Court by November 1, 2018, pursuant to RSA 362-F:5. In addition to literature review, research, and data analysis, the Commission is seeking stakeholder input during its review.

The Commission hosted stakeholder sessions on April 16th, May 10th and June 14th, at which each of the considerations outlined in RSA 362-F:5 were reviewed and discussed. The Commission will also provide the opportunity for interested persons to submit written comments.

Please submit written comments electronically to:

And send one original copy to:

Karen Cramton, Sustainable Energy Division Director New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission
21 S. Fruit Street, Suite 10
Concord, NH 03301-2429

Written comments should be no longer than five pages in length, double-spaced text, and, preferably, double-sided. Please focus comments on the statutory study requirements defined in RSA 362-F:5. Written comments will be accepted through Friday, September 7, 2018. All written comments received will be posted to the 2018 RPS Review webpage and may be used in the final report. Please direct any questions to

Visit PUC website here for further details. If you are interested in reviewing and/or signing on to NHSEA's comments, please contact Henry Herndon at for further information.
Keep up to date on Current Energy Legislation here.
Trainings & Resources
Building Operator Certification
Lakes Region Community College - Fall 2018

BOC I Training at LRCC Fall 2018
Lakes Region Community College is offering its 8-day Building Operator Certification I class over 8 Fridays from August 24 through November 16, 2018.  Professionals managing large facilities in New Hampshire can learn how to reduce building energy costs, and get a 50% tuition cost-share award from NH’s regulated energy utilities.  This is the last time the BOC course will be offered until 2020.

8-day Fall 2018 BOC I class schedule (Fridays 8:00 - 4:00):
   Aug 24    Building Operations and Systems
   Sept 7     Building Energy Conservation
   Sept 21   Lighting Theory and Efficiency
   Sept 28   Electrical Systems and Distribution
   Oct 12 & 19   HVAC Controls and Operations I & II
   Nov 2      Indoor Air Quality Theory and Techniques
   Nov 16    Energy Management Planning

See the LRCC Energy Calendar  for registration details, or contact Andy Duncan,, tel. 603-366-5329.
Eversource Offers $3,000 Rebate on 2018 Nissan Leaf All-Electric Vehicle Purchase
Along with federal tax incentives of up to $7,500, that makes for a pretty sweet deal on your new EV! Read more here.
2018 National Drive Electric Week Event in Concord
Get ready for the 8th annual National Drive Electric Week (NDEW) event in Concord!

When: Saturday, September 8th from 8:30 AM to 1 PM
Where: Capitol Plaza in Downtown Concord.

Exhibitors and EV owners will display their latest in electric vehicles (EVs), electric bicycles and charging technology.  It's a terrific opportunity to learn about EVs in an informal and informational setting … you might even get to drive one!
Since our kickoff event in 2011, NDEW-Concord keeps getting bigger and better with a growing variety of electric vehicles and technology gathered together on the sidewalk in front of the State House adjacent to the Concord Farmer's Market.  This year’s event is hosted through a partnership between Drive Electric NH, Electric Auto Association, Granite State Clean Cities Coalition, New Hampshire Automobile Dealers Association, New Hampshire Sierra Club and Plug In America.  With all of this fabulous support, it’s bound to be a fabulous event!
Check out the and websites to learn more and see up-to-date listings of events, dates, times, and locations.  This is your opportunity to go to an NDEW event near you, ask questions, kick the tires, and go for a drive in an electric car.  We think you'll like the ride!
Kearsarge Region Electric Vehicle Expo

When: Sunday, September 9, 12 noon-4 PM
Where: New London Historical Society, 179 Little Sunapee Rd., New London, NH 03257

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RE3 Edu-Expo by Enfield and Canaan Energy Committees
The Enfield and Canaan Energy Committees, along with other local energy committees and Vital Communities, are organizing the first RE3 Edu-Expo, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Educational Expo.

When: Saturday, Sept 29th, 10am-3pm
Where: Mascoma Valley Regional High School.

There will be three educational tracks: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. There are classes on solar 101, living off-the-grid, insulating your basement, cold climate heat pumps, LED lighting and much more.

Refreshments available; Vendor displays; Classes. Contact: Kim Quirk,
New Hampshire Grassroots Sustainability Gathering
Catalyzing Collaboration through Stories, Tools, & Funding
Where: Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Road, Warner, NH
When: Wednesday, September 5th, 2:30-8:00pm

  • Optional Museum Tour 2:30-3:30pm
  • Catalyst Conversation Program, 3:30-7:00pm
  • Friends & Donors Reception, 7:00-8:00pm
Register: here.
Details: here.
Contact:  Leigh Cameron (603-905-9915 /
350NH - Making Sense of Climate Policy - Energy Policy Training
350NH and Rights and Democracy partnered to create a training series that will prepare us to make waves in the upcoming legislative season. The series kicks off on August 14th from 6:30-8:00 at New England College in Concord (62 N Main St) with our Political Analysis session. In this workshop we will cover political movements that have helped shape the current make up of the State House and how they connect to political turmoil at the national level.  To register for the training and find more information about the series visit
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. 
See full events calendar here.

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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