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Turning Ideas into Action 
September 2016
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November 19th
Mark your calendars for the 2016 Local Energy Solutions (LES) Conference on Saturday, November 19th, 2016 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH! Whether you're an energy committee member, local leader, engaged citizen, legislator, industry representative, or curious to learn more about clean energy, you don't want to miss this conference. Featuring multi-track sessions, panel discussions, and a keynote address, the LES Conference is NH's premier conference dedicated to achieving clean energy success in the Granite State.

Register here to attend!

The LES Conference is co-hosted by the NH Local Energy Solutions Work Group and the
NH Sustainable Energy Association

Energy News

Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS)

Sometimes shadowed by the visibility of solar and wind projects, energy efficiency nonetheless won a major victory on August 2nd when the Public Utilities Commission approved an agreement for an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS).

This is a big step forward in smart energy policy: the approved settlement agreement strengthens NH’s commitment to lower energy costs and keep our energy dollars in our state’s economy.  

Our state will see over $100 million dollars in new energy efficiency funding over the next five years!  

Under the EERS, NH will save 3.1% of its 2014 electric sales and 2.5% of gas sales by 2020, with a long-term goal of achieving all cost-effective energy efficiency, that is, all energy efficiency resources that are cheaper than buying traditional supply and transmission resources.

NH’s new EERS also increases funding for low-income customers and extends the utilities’ existing efficiency programs, allowing residential, commercial, and industrial customers to lower their bills by taking advantage of programs for new construction, retrofits for existing structures, advanced lighting, and much more.  This extended funding will help alleviate start-and-stop program cycles.

NREL Report: Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Technical Potential in the United States: A Detailed Assessment
With reports from NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) showing New Hampshire being unique in having a large number suitable rooftops, NH can obtain 53.4% of electricity from rooftop solar (fifth highest in the country), and 72% in Concord (second highest in the country, behind Mission Viejo, California). 

Button Up NH
Check out the Events Calendar for dates on the Button Up NH programs. Already in place: Concord, Convey, Exeter, Hudson, Pembroke.

Workshops & Trainings
Energy Storage Presentation
Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI) will be hosting a presentation about energy storage and batteries. The presentation will be held on Wednesday, September 28th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Pease Public Library in the Community Meeting Room. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call PAREI at 603-536-5030 or check out the Event Calendar

Municipal Waste Water - Energy Efficiency Workshops
Calling all waste water operators, local decision makers, local energy committee members, and design engineers! The NHSaves.com electric utilities are partnering with NHDES to offer six free Municipal Waste Water - Energy Efficiency workshops and tours. From September 20th to November 3rd. 
Registration links can be viewed on the DES website 

29 Efficiency Workshops
These will be happening all over the state this Fall.  Most of these are focused for municipalities and larger buildings.This list is still a work in progress but most of the dates are confirmed. As details are finalized for each specific event they will be posted on NHSaves.com 

High Performance Schools Summits
If you want to study how to improve the student learning environment and contribute to the academic success of our students, join NEEP & its partners for two High Performance Schools Summits on October 21st and November 9th. The summits will gather a wide variety of schools stakeholders including architects, engineers, facility and energy managers, utility program administrators and school business officials. In an effort to bring together a large audience to share best practices and real-world expertise, these two events are free. Registration for both is now open. Please visit New Hampshire Summit and Rhode Island Summit webpages for more information.

Free Energy Code Workshops
Calling all professionals involved with building codes who might be interested in attending a free workshop with available CEUs. In addition to building science and detailed code review, there will be an afternoon presentation on Zero Energy Homes.There are four total workshops at various NH locations this Fall, two residential and two commercial. For workshop topics and schedule and further info, please contact lucy.bass@gdsassociates.com or phone 603-391-0047. To register, click here.

New Energy Resources
Solar 101 Presentations
The Lakes Region Community College, has recently completed their Solar 101 workshop series and PDF versions of the presentations are available here:
These Solar 101 workshops have helped build the regional solar market by targeting the reduction of non-hardware "soft" costs for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.  The workshops were produced by Lakes Region Community College, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II, in partnership with the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning and Clean Energy States Alliance.  Thank you to all who helped coordinate and participated!
Click on the calendar to see what is happening in September & beyond.
Each month we shine the light on a LES Work Group Member.

Meet Sarah Brock, Energy Program Manager at Vital Communities! 
(You may also know her as Sarah Simonds)
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 Leigh Cameron for more information on the LES Work Group's efforts and opportunities for participation. 

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