Selling Energy Projects to Your Municipality: Spinning the Perception of Cost and Debt into Gold. Even when there is free money, cheap debt, short paybacks and or a high return on investment, there may be resistance in communities to taking on effective energy projects. Some of this challenge stems from the fact that decision makers, whether they are town councilors, selectmen, school board members, aldermen, or voters, may view the dollars involved in energy projects as costs ... and keeping costs down and taxes down is a good thing. This session will explore how energy projects should be viewed as different from other capital projects due to their potential to avoid costs. In this respect, well-designed projects with properly structured financing should be viewed as investments rather than costs. With that concept in mind, the second part of the session will take a deeper look at the social-process side of getting project financing approved... "getting to yes" ... in three communities that involved considerable investment of time and relationship building to build trust as well as an appreciation for that investment quality. AICP CM Credits pending -1.25 hours Moderator:Rhonda Harmych, TRC Energy ServicesSpeakers:Mike Davey, EEI Inc. Nina Gardner, Winnisquam Regional High School. Nancy Frederickson, Town of Sandwich. Presentation.
Energy Project Successes: How'd They Do It? Three local energy projects will be presented: Monadnock Regional School, Effingham Town Office and the Grappone Conference Center. These projects represent a variety of technology types from both the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields. Funding issues mentioned in the previous Financing Energy Projects session will be touched on as well as the different methods that were utilized on these projects to overcome the financing issues and ultimately achieve project success. This will be an interactive session so bring your curiosity and questions! 1.25 AIA HSW CEUs. AICP CM Credits Pending Moderator: Rhonda Harmych, TRC Energy Services.Speakers: David LaPointe, Facilities & Project Manager, Monadnock Regional School District (SAU 93). Jane Fortson, Business Administrator, Monadnock Regional School District (SAU 93). Theresa Swanick, Effingham Selectman. Trish Taylor, Executive Chef, Grappone Conference Center. Presentation.
Beyond Gas & Diesel: Vehicle Choices for Today and Plans for Tomorrow. This session will explore the opportunities for municipalities to diversify the fuels they use in their vehicles as well as the programs and plans that are in place to expand those opportunities. With NH dependent on other states and regions for the majority of its energy needs, the state is exposed to the dynamics of global energy markets. However, there are current opportunities for cities and towns to manage that risk by diversifying the fuels used in their fleets. Some of these fuels can have immediate beneficial impacts on fuel costs and environmental impacts. This session will review the various fuels and the best options for the types of communities in New Hampshire. In addition, this session will investigate the state and regional efforts to develop additional opportunities and the role that municipalities can take to advance that development. As municipalities and the state work to increase alternative fuel use, there are ongoing efforts to reduce carbon emissions and miles traveled on NH's roads through transportation demand management approaches. One such approach that has grown in the last five years is Commute Green New Hampshire, which is an effort led by regional planning commissions, employers and transit agencies to encourage and incentivize people to choose transportation options other than driving alone. This presentation will outline current technology, social marketing, and infrastructure efforts that CGNH partners and municipalities are taking, the upcoming CGNH Statewide Challenge launching in May, and discuss a new strategic planning effort underway to shift the paradigm of how we get around. AICP CM Credits pending - 1.25 hours. Moderator: Chris Skoglund, NH Department of Environmental Service (NHDES). Speakers:Dolores Rebolledo, Granite State Clean Cities Coordinator, NHDES. Felice Janelle, Mobile Sources Supervisor, NHDESPresentation. Nik Coates, Central NH Regional Planning Commission. Presentation.
Land Use and Transportation Planning: Realizing Social, Economic and Environmental Benefits. As New Hampshire emerges from a period of slow growth, the rate of community growth and development is expected to increase particularly in southern portions of the state. With growth, municipalities will be faced with choices that affect capacity to provide services, capital expenditures, and quality of life. The manner a community chooses to grow and develop will have implications for their economy, character and vitality, and environmental quality for decades to come. This session will explore the relationship between community development and the local economy and how long term comprehensive transportation and land use planning can guide community sustainability. We will examine the long-term benefits and values that integrated planning brings to a community and how participation and full use of local, regional and state programs and mechanisms can help communities be successful in achieving their vision and goals. New Hampshire’s Granite State Future project and Community Planning Grant Program and resources are examples of federally supported initiatives designed to help communities achieve those ends. 1.25 AIA HSW CEUs ; AICP CM Credits Pending. Moderator/Speaker: Julie LaBranche, Rockingham Planning Commission. Presentation. Speaker:Gerald Coogan, AICP, Lakes Region Planning Commission. Presentation.
Local Energy Committees and Town Officials- Working Together!. The most successful Local Energy Committees and Commissions (LECs) work well with their town officials, sharing information and resources to reach a common goal. This session will focus on successfully integrating your LEC into town government. Topics will include: The Energy Calendar, a unique application and resource tool developed by LEWG specifically for LECs, which provides monthly advice, guidance and key dates for LECs to consider when bringing an energy project to Town Meeting.Lessons learned from bringing an energy project to vote at a town meeting in Rindge as well as strategies for gaining critical support from residents for prospective energy projects. The importance of reporting the activities of your LEC in your town or city annual report, including a variety of examples from New Hampshire communities. AICP CM Credits pending - 1.25 hours. Moderator/Speaker: Linda Darveau, US EPA. Presentation. Speakers:Carlotta Pini, Rindge Town Administraton.Presentation.Pat Martin, Rindge Local Energy Commission Chair. Presentation. Session Handout-Annual Report for the Rindge Energy Commission. Presentation.
Community Initiatives: Bootstrapping our Way to a Clean Energy Future. Exploring the opportunities for local communities to leverage often overlooked resources and opportunities, this workshop will provide the local energy activist with examples of regular people making extraordinary change. Bob Walker will review various community-based social marketing strategies employed by Sustainable Energy Resource Group (SERG) to help the Thetford, VT Energy Committee promote home weatherization. Efforts include door-to-door outreach, local case studies, home energy tours, an energy expo and the current statewide, Vermont Home Energy Challenge. Lynn Benander will discuss Co-op Power's successful local economic development efforts, which have leveraged local capital and market demand for sustainable energy to create good local jobs, and community-based business development while reducing carbon emissions, lowering energy bills, and strengthening local communities. 1.25 AIA HSW CEUs; AICP CM Credits Pending . Moderator: Mary Downes, Unitil Corporation. Presentation.Speakers:Bob Walker, Sustainable Energy Resource Group. Presentation. Lynn Benander, Co-op Power. Presentation.
Using the Energy Efficiency Toolbox: Building Strategies for Your Town. A guided conversation with professionals in code enforcement, energy auditing, and building rehabilitation about how a Local Energy Committee can participate in improving energy efficiency in buildings in your town. A discussion of best practices, energy codes, upgrades to existing buildings, and dealing with historic buildings, this session will include plenty of time for audience questions. 1.25 AIA HSW CEUs; AICP CM Credits Pending. Co-Moderators: Autumn Curilla, GDS Associates and Mary Kate Ryan, NH Division of Historical Resources. Speakers: Bruce Buttrick, Code Official for the Town of Bow. Presentation. Margaret Dillon, Sustainable Energy Education Demonstration Services (S.E.E.D.S.). Presentation. Geoff Spitzer, Senior Project Manager, Chinberg Builders, Inc. Presentation.
Renewable Energy in NH – Making It Happen. Join this session for a look at some renewable energy options that have proven track records in New Hampshire and tremendous potential to foster energy independence for all residents, municipalities and businesses. We will explore how communities can stabilize local tax burdens through the installation of high efficiency pellet boilers that reduce heating costs for municipal buildings. This renewable technology builds our local and regional economy by keeping both jobs and heating dollars closer to home. We will review the collaborative Model Neighborhood Project in Berlin, NH, which has resulted in 40% annual fuel savings for average participants, and discuss how to “grow” the potential to be regionally self-sufficient. We will also cover the potential of photovoltaic and solar air and hot water installations – every day, the side of your building has the potential to generate huge amounts of energy. What does it take to bring this potential to light? Planning, collaboration, willingness to innovate and technical expertise. It can be done! 1.25 AIA HSW CEUs; AICP CM Credits Pending . Moderator: Barbara Bernstein, NH Public Utilities Commission. Presentation.Speakers: Joe Short, Northern Forest Center.Presentation. Clay Mitchell, Revolution Energy. Presentation. Mick Dunn, Shift Energy. Presentation.
Netzero Buildings! Really? Local energy committee members face many challenges. This session provides a step back from the details of conservation, efficiency, and renewable supplies to consider why it is essential to quickly transition to taking no more than we produce, in our buildings, our neighborhoods, our towns, and beyond (“net zero”). But how? Learn from our panelists how we can move to more comfort, less cost, healthier spaces, more stable indoor environments (“survivability”), and even a new concept of prosperity. We will outline what “Net Zero” means, why it is important globally and in our towns, and where there might be some opportunities for unexpected municipal collaboration to support funding and practices that move us toward net zero. 1.5 AIA HSW CEUs; AICP CM Credits Pending. Kate Hartnett, Hon. AIA/NH. Panelists: Chris Williams, AIA – Christopher P. Williams Architects, PLLC. Dana Mosher, Building Construction Dept Chair, Manchester Community College George Brooks, Appraiser, Brooks Real Estate Services. Peter F. Thompson, Lender, Bank of NH. Margaret Dillon, Energy Consultant, Sustainable Energy Education and Demonstration ServicesPart 1- Presentation on Strategies to Achieve NetZero Part 2 - NetZero Examples Loop. Handout - NetZero-Related Definitions
Creating Community Resilience – Transition Towns, Suburbs, Cities, Regions…How do we increase our resilience and community well being as energy costs rise and economic and environmental problems deepen? Transition Towns catalyze community-building and projects on local food, energy, economy and culture -- bringing people together for positive, creative action and fun. How does the process work? How does it support existing local groups and leaders and engage more people in practical action? We'll share experiences and stories of successful projects across the Northeast, and globally. 1.5 AIA HSW CEUs ; AICP CM Credits Pending. Workshop Facilitator: Tina Clarke
Turning Ideas Into Action: Drafting a Local Energy Committee “Action Plan” This interactive workshop will give local energy committee members and other local volunteers and officials the opportunity to develop an energy action plan. Participants will work through a series of planning exercises that help identify gaps and opportunities in energy project planning or implementation. Experienced facilitators will work with participants to draft action plans; tangible, realistic next steps in their community energy work. The New England Grassroots Fund will be on hand to brainstorm how the Grassroots Fund’s small grants program can help community groups in implementing their plans. AICP CM Credits pending - 1.5 hours. Workshop Facilitators: Beverly Edwards, Temple Economical Energy Committee. Linda Darveau, EPA-Region I. Cheryl King Fischer, New England Grassroots Environment Fund Action Planning Worksheets:Local Energy Committee Project Priority Ranking Table;Energy Committee Final Assessment Tool; Energy Committee Action Plan Worksheet. Additional Handouts: Temple NH Case Study; Temple from the Ground Up
Community-Owned Renewable Energy. New England towns each had their own energy resources 100 years ago. They relied on the town's water wheels, animal power (fed from local fields), and wood heat. As we think about our energy future, returning to more community-based, local energy resources provides us with stable prices, energy security, and clean energy resources in the face of climate change, peak oil, and economic instability. These local energy resources can also provide income to support other local needs. Come learn how you can develop local energy resources for your town, beginning with a public planning process that helps people in your town choose the best types of energy generation, through business planning, capitalization, and project management. See what other towns have done to ensure they have affordable, clean energy for all in their community. AICP CM Credits pending - 1.5 hours. Workshop Facilitators: Lynn Benander, Co-op Power Presentation. Kate Epsen, NH Sustainable Energy Association