New Hampshire Economist and Chancellor of the Community College System Ross Gitell is looking at the major demographic and economic differences between the rural and more urban parts of our state - a divide he says is growing. We're talking about that, and his ideas on closing the gap.
U.S. Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Department of Transportation have unveiled the Location Affordability Portal (LAP), a cost calculation tool that allows users to estimate housing and transportation costs for neighborhoods across the country.
This report is the result of a study funded through a competitive grant provided by the U.S. Department of Energy's State Energy Program. The report assesses six potential ways for the state, its citizens, municipalities and businesses to realize the economic benefits that would result from policies that support more investments in cost effective energy efficiency.
By Rik Stevens
There's renewed enthusiasm in heavily forested New Hampshire for the idea of homegrown heating sources, primarily wood and – more recently – wood pellets.
For the first time, the state's Office of Energy and Planning is posting the cost of wood pellets to compare with other main heating sources. That outreach combined with a supportive regulatory structure have put wood back on the front burner as an environmentally attractive, inexpensive and local alternative to oil, gas and electricity.
Energy Efficiency Loan with 2% Interest Rate
Liberty Utilities, in partnership with Merrimack County Savings Bank and Meredith Village Savings Bank, is offering a 2% Home Improvement Loan to participants of our Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) program. This is an unsecured loan for adding insulation and air sealing to your home.
The Stewardship Network: New England is a new regional effort to increase the capacity of conservation organizations, agencies, and researchers to engage with volunteers in the care and study of ecosystems, lands and waters. The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension is leading The Stewardship Network: New England initiative, expanding the successful work of The Stewardship Network in the Great Lakes region, to meet the needs of our local conservation partners and volunteers.
UNHCE will be hosting regional meetings to learn more about the interest, capacity, leadership, enthusiasm and challenges for creating a local collaborative effort in your region. The sessions are designed to learn more and share ideas on how this initiative can meet your needs for stewardship of our lands and waters.
The 2012 population estimates for NH towns and citeis are available on the Population Estimates page.
On September 11th US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, identified NH as one of five states awarded funding to support the development and work of a statewide wood biomass energy support team. NH's Wood Energy Support team has been meeting since last January developing a program of educational, technical and financial services that will now be implemented. NH has had a strong network of organizations, institutions, businesses, agencies and individuals developing wood biomass energy for many years. This grant award represents years of work and will provide a new capacity to help NH residents, communities, institutions and businesses utilize wood biomass thermal heat technology that is right for NH.
OEP has created a listing of selected energy and planning legislation that has been signed into law from the last legislative session.
The Office of Energy and Planning held a public hearing on the state's Weatherization Program Annual Plan on May 23, 2013, at 9:00 at the Office of Energy and Planning.
On Friday, April 19th at the Annual State Energy Conference the Governor's Excellence in Energy Efficiency Awards were presented to the Police Standards and Training Council, state employee Jim Poisson of the Department of Environmental Services (DES), and the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery. Presenting the awards were NHDES Commissioner Tom Burack and Administrative Services Deputy Commissioner Mike Connor. The conference is held annually for state agency energy coordinators and facility managers, as well as other state employees interested in reducing energy use and energy costs.
On April 29, EPA and DOE honored businesses and organizations for their outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency at the 2013 ENERGY STAR Awards ceremony.
Berlin Better Buildings teamed up with BAREI (Berlin Area Renewable Energy Initiative) and PAREI (Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative) in a collaborative effort to install solar thermal systems in four Berlin homes to qualified homeowners.
Writing special legislation to authorize a one-time $1 million long-term loan from the Electric Assistance Program (EAP) to help Tri-County Community Action Program (TCCAP) is under discussion as a potential way to solve the agency's oft-reported cash-flow problems.
Provided by nhenergy.org, the NH Energy Calendar offers guidance to local energy commissions established under RSA 38-D for the advancement of an energy-related project at a traditional March town meeting in New Hampshire.
The Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy (EESE) Board has completed its review of the independent energy policy study required by SB 323 (2010 Session).
The Statewide Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) is a requirement of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) program which is managed by the National Park Service (NPS). NPS distributes stateside grants that are appropriated annually by the United States Congress.
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NH Office of Energy and Planning
Governor Hugh J. Gallen State Office Park
Johnson Hall, 3rd Floor | 107 Pleasant Street | Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-2155 | fax: (603) 271-2615