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June 2016
ENERGY NEWS

Grid Modernization in the Granite State

Grid Modernization in the Granite State event took place May 25th in Concord, NH. The event discussed how grid-mod can be a win-win-win: for utilities, for citizens, and for the state as a whole. So where does the conversation go from here? The NH Clean Tech Council gathered responses from the audience and topics included but were not limited to: favorable net-metering for continued distributed energy, innovative pricing mechanisms, and opportunities for partnerships and third-party involvement. For more information on grid modernization, check out the Grid Modernization 101 overview at: http://www.nhsea.org/sites/default/files/Grid%20Modernization.pdf

Recent Renewable Energy Project Grant Awards
The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission recently awarded $1.025 million to fund four renewable energy projects in New Hampshire. Funded by the State's Renewable Energy Fund, the grants help pay for a range of renewable energy installations which will contribute to reducing New Hampshire's dependence on fossil fuels and to achieving the state's renewable energy goals. The grant funds will be leveraged with an additional $1.9 million in project funds invested by the grantees. To read more, http://www.puc.nh.gov/Home/Press%20Releases/renewable_grants_2016.pdf

News From Office of Energy & Planning
Forward Thinking Utilities Using Distributed Energy Resources to Benefit Whole Grid
http://www.solarelectricpower.org/utility-solar-blog/2016/june/leveraging-customer-side-ders-to-benefit-all-utility-customers.aspx?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Issue:%202016-06-02%20Utility%20Dive%20Solar%20[issue:6087]&utm_term=Utility%20Dive:%20Solar
 
Federal Energy Outlook Report Raises Renewable Capacity Predictions Significantly. To read more, click on the link http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=26492&src=email
 

Monadnock Sustainability Network
May 25th saw the start up of the 43.5 KW community supported solar (CSS) system on the Monadnock Food Co-op in Keene. This locally owned PV system will provide an estimated 48,000 kWh/ year of sustainable power to the Co-op. Based on this project MSN published the New Hampshire Community Supported Solar (NHCSS) Guide. For more information see http://www.greenmonadnock.org/monadnock-community-solar-initiative/

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
Under the program 'Design Solutions for Coastal Resilience', a total of $300,000 is available for projects that enhance coastal resilience to current and future hazards. The proposed work must take place in one or more of the 17 N.H. coastal zone communities. Eligible applicants include municipalities, state agencies, regional planning commissions, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations. 

Proposals must be submitted electronically by emailing kirsten.howard@des.nh.gov by 4:00 pm EDT on Thursday, July 21, 2016.  For more information on eligibility and submittal requirements, view the full request for proposals at http://m1e.net/c?206077407-L5uIShTZGwdLw%40387159307-00EHq1Bhgzppw
For further assistance, please contact Coastal Resilience Specialist Kirsten Howard at (603) 559-0020 or kirsten.howard@des.nh.gov   

 

EVENTS CALENDAR
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LES WORK GROUP MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
   Each month we shine the light on a LES Work Group Member.
This month it is Scott Albert, Principal, GDS Associates. 
To learn more about Scott, click here
ABOUT THE LES WORK GROUP
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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