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2013 News

News items from 2013 related to energy and planning.

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The Two New Hampshires

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.


Location Affordability Portal

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.

Housing affordability encompasses much more than the rent or mortgage payment and includes the impact of transportation costs on housing location choices. The LAP will help consumers and communities better understand the combined costs of housing and transportation associated with living in a specific region, street, or neighborhood and make better-informed decisions about where to live, work, and invest.


Increasing Energy Efficiency In New Hampshire: Realizing Our Potential pdf file

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.


What's old is new in N.H.: Wood, pellets gain steam in energy market

By Rik Stevens
The Associated Press
Saturday, November 16, 2013
(Published in the Concord Monitor on Sunday, November 17, 2013)

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.

Go to www.NHSaves.com to determine if your home qualifies for a $100.00 energy audit. If you qualify, your utility may pay for 50% of the recommended improvements. Liberty Utilities' customers may also be able to finance the balance at only 2% interest. This offer is for a limited time while funding is available. Loans must be approved 60 days from your energy audit to qualify for the 2% rate. Bring your quote for approved HPwES energy efficiency improvements to a bank branch today.

For a bank branch near you, call Merrimack County Savings Bank at 603-225-2793 or Meredith Village Savings Bank at 1-800-922-6872. Additional energy efficiency program information is found at Liberty Utilities or by emailing nhsaves@libertyutilities.com or calling 603-328-2799.

Note: The banks' regular Home Improvement loans, can be used for non-HPwES related work, are 6.745% APR for a 60 month term. Monthly payment per $1,000 is $19.68. Maximum loan amount is $10,000. Minimum loan amount is $1,000. A loan documentation fee of $60 is included in the APR calculation. For a limited time Liberty Utilities is buying down the interest rate to 2% for loans for HPwES approved work. The term of the 2% loan varies by loan amount. Terms on loan amounts of $1,000 to $2,000 are up to 2 years, $2,001 to $4,000 are up to 3 years, $4,001 to $6,000 are up to 4 years, and $6,001 to $7,500 are up to 5 years. Use your savings on your heating bill to help make the monthly loan payment and enjoy the comfort of your well insulated home today.


The Stewardship Network: New England

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 pdf file 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.


2012 Population Estimates

The 2012 population estimates for NH towns and citeis are available on the Population Estimates page.


NH's Wood Energy Support Team Receives USDA Grant

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.


Selected energy and planning legislation from the first session (2013) of the 163rd General Court

OEP has created a listing of selected energy and planning legislation that has been signed into law from the last legislative session.


Weatherization Program Annual Plan

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.


State Government Efforts to Reduce Energy Recognized

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.


New Hampshire CORE Utilities receive ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award!

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.


Four Berlin homes receive solar thermal systems

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.


$1 million loan from EAP is an option to help TCCAP

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.


The NH Energy Calendar pdf file

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.


Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy (EESE) Board calls for comprehensive energy policy highlighting energy efficiency and local renewable resources

The Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy (EESE) Board has completed its review of the independent energy policy study required by SB 323 (2010 Session).


Five Year Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan Released

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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