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2014 News

News items from 2014 related to energy and planning.

 
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8/21/2014

The Office of Energy and Planning (OEP) will conduct a public hearing to accept testimony and comments on the State of New Hampshire's State Plan for: Low Income Home Energy Assistance Block Grant (LIHEAP).

This grant is effective for the fiscal year October 1, 2014, to September 30, 2015.

Date: Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Location: Office of Energy and Planning
107 Pleasant Street
Johnson Hall
Concord, NH 03301-8519

THE ABOVE LOCATION IS HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE

Those persons wishing to present testimony for LIHEAP should notify the Office of Energy and Planning, 107 Pleasant Street, Johnson Hall, Concord, NH 03301, in advance and submit a copy of the testimony. A copy of the proposed plan for LIHEAP may be obtained by contacting OEP, or may be viewed at the location on the day of the hearing. Please contact Celeste Lovett at OEP, (603) 271-2155 for further information regarding LIHEAP.

(Published in the New Hampshire Union Leader on Aug. 14, 15, 17)

7/18/2014

The Trust for Public Land Has Released the New Hampshire Return On Investment in Land Conservation Study

The Trust for Public Land conducted an economic analysis of the return on New Hampshire's investment in land conservation through a variety of state programs that funded land acquisition statewide, and found that every $1 invested in land conservation returned $11 in natural goods and services to the New Hampshire economy. In addition, land conservation funded by the State of New Hampshire supports key industries that depend on the availability of high-quality protected land and water. New Hampshire has also been successful in leveraging funding support from federal, local, and private sources, expanding the impact of the state's investment. This report presents a summary of the key findings and the benefits of open space investments in the state.

6/2/2014 Public Meetings on the Draft State Energy Strategy pdf file
Senate Bill 191 of 2013 required OEP, in consultation with the State Energy Advisory Council, to develop a strategy "to ensure that the state’s energy policies and programs support the state’s economic, environmental, and public health goals."
5/19/2014

Local Energy Work Group Launches EnergyBenchmarkNH.org to Help NH Communities Track & Utilize Energy Consumption Data

Benchmarking or tracking your municipality or school's energy use is an important first step in developing a plan to reduce costs, and ENERGY STAR's new Portfolio Manager software makes it easier than ever to build a baseline of energy use. Learn more, join BenchmarkNH and learn how communities are leveraging their energy data.

5/2/2014

UNH Updates Coastal Flood Hazard Maps for NH Communities

DURHAM, N.H. –– Based on work conducted by the University of New Hampshire, coastal New Hampshire communities in Strafford and Rockingham counties have received updated preliminary flood hazard maps as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) nationwide program to update coastal flood hazard maps.

5/1/2014

Weatherization Assistance Program Annual Plan - Notice of Public Hearing - May 12, 2014, 2:00PM

The Office of Energy and Planning (OEP) will conduct a public hearing on the State's Weatherization Assistance Program Annual Plan to be filed with the US Department of Energy (DOE). Upon approval by DOE, the Plan will be in effect from April 1, 2014, through March 31, 2015. Written testimony may be sent to:

Office of Energy and Planning
107 Pleasant St.
Concord, NH 03301

Written testimony must be received by OEP by the opening of the Public Hearing, which will be held on:

May 12, 2014, at 2:00 PM at the Office of Energy and Planning, 107 Pleasant St. 3rd floor Conference Room, Concord, NH 03301

THIS LOCATION IS HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE. Copies of the proposed plan may be downloaded from the Weatherization Assistance Program or obtained by calling the Office of Energy and Planning, and will be available at the hearing. For more information contact OEP at 271-2155.

4/22/2014

Alert to Liberty Utilities Customer: Historic Data Expiring

If you are a customer of Liberty Utilities who has been thinking about benchmarking your building's energy usage, the time to act is now! On May 23, Liberty will be transitioning their database systems, and historic usage data will be lost.

4/9/2014

Shifting Demographics Challenge New Hampshire's Housing Market, Study Finds

Changes in how the population views homeownership, a mismatch between existing housing and housing preferences, and obstacles to creating a balanced housing market may pose challenges for New Hampshire's future, a study finds.

4/3/2014

UNH Reports: New Hampshire Getting Warmer, Wetter as Climate Changes

DURHAM, N.H. – As heat-trapping gases from the burning of fossil fuels and other human activities continue to accumulate in the atmosphere, average annual temperatures in New Hampshire will likely rise by 3 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit and extreme precipitation events will likely double by mid-century, according to two University of New Hampshire reports released today.

1/28/2014

Commercial & Industrial Bulk Fuel-Fed Wood Pellet Central Heating Systems

This program offers a rebate payment of 30% of the heating appliance(s) and installation cost, up to a maximum of $50,000, for investments in non-residential bulk-fuel fed wood pellet boilers and furnaces of 2.5 million BTU or less, that become operational, serving designed intent and installer-certified on or after December 18, 2013. Additionally, a rebate of 30% up to $5,000 is available for thermal storage tanks and related components. This program is open to businesses, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, governmental or municipal entities, or multi-family residences of 4 units or greater, that do not qualify for a rebate under the residential wood pellet rebate program.

See additional Renewable Energy Rebates.

1/27/2014

Building Operator Certification Training with a 50% Tuition Award pdf file

Lakes Region Community College is again offering its 8-day Building Operator Certification class running every other Friday from February 14 through May 23, 2014. Experienced facilities management staff who successfully complete this program are awarded the nationally recognized Building Operator Level I Certification.

New Hampshire customers of PSNH, Unitil, NHEC or Liberty Utilities are eligible to receive a 50% scholarship, reducing the tuition from $1,480 to $740. Please reply for registration details. If you miss this one, the next twice-yearly LRCC BOC class is planned for August 2014.

1/17/2014

Network New Hampshire Now

This exciting project will ensure that residents of 10 counties in New Hampshire will be able to plug into a powerful future with Internet connectivity. Network New Hampshire Now was funded by $44.5 million in economic stimulus money and matched with $18.3 million in private and in-kind funding. See the project video.

1/7/2014

State Opens Hotline for Fred Fuller Customers
Customers Who Are in Imminent Danger of Running Out of Home Heating Oil Can Call 603-227-0002

CONCORD – In response to the increasing concern from customers of Fred Fuller Oil Co. who have not been able to receive scheduled heating oil deliveries, Governor Maggie Hassan announced today that the state has established a 24/7 emergency hotline for residents who are in imminent danger of running out of home heating oil.

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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