|2010 News Items
U.S. Census Releases 2010 Population of New Hampshire
Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released population totals for all states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. This first release of 2010 Census data is used to determine the future apportionment of congressional seats. New Hampshire’s total population at the 2010 Census was 1,321,445, with a resident population of 1,316,470. (The difference of 4,975 persons represents the overseas military and federal civilian employees and their dependents living with them for which their parent agencies have provided counts.) New Hampshire’s resident population grew by 80,684 from the 2000 Census, for a growth rate of 6.53%. The state’s percentage growth was the highest in New England, but the numeric growth was third, behind Massachusetts and Connecticut. Tables and maps depicting the changes in population and in congressional representation can be viewed and downloaded from the U.S. Census Bureau website. Detailed results (known as the Redistricting Data Summary File) from the 2010 Census, including populations for all political subdivisions, census tracts and blocks in the state, will become available in February or March of 2011.
2005-2009 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates
The U.S. Census Bureau releases today the 2005-2009 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates. The release covers, for the first time since the 2000 Census, estimates of population characteristics for the smallest geographic areas, including census tracts (units of about 4,000 people) and block groups, which are even smaller. As with previous ACS releases, these data report characteristics that used to be collected (through 2000) via the Census long form. The estimates are averages of survey data collected over the entire 5-year time period of January 2005 to December 2009. From this point on, a new 5-year estimate will be released every year. This is the first time that ACS data will be available for every municipality in New Hampshire. The data can be accessed directly through the U.S. Census Bureau website, and OEP will post selected portions of the data in the near future in the State Data Center. more...
My Energy Plan Video Challenge 2010
The New England Carbon Challenge (NECC), a joint initiative of the University of NH and Clean Air-Cool Planet, and its partners including NHSEA, is proud to announce the My Energy Plan Video Challenge 2010 for NH residents.
Governor and Council Approve New Round of Funding for Green Launching Pad
Federal Energy Stimulus Funds Will Be Used to Help Additional Innovative New Hampshire Companies Bring Products to Market, Create Jobs
CONCORD – Governor John Lynch and the Executive Council today approved an agreement to use an additional $750,000 in federal energy stimulus funds for the Green Launching Pad, which will be used to help additional companies bring their green energy products to market.
Federal heating aid sliced in half
By CAROL ROBIDOUX
New Hampshire Union Leader Staff
DERRY – Three weeks and counting -- that's how long before the winter heating season officially begins here and, unless something changes, the annual federal funding stream that warms New Hampshire's neediest households will only be half of what it was last year.
According to Joanne Morin, director of the state Office of Energy Planning, the proposed federal budget that funds New Hampshire's share of the Low Income Housing Energy Assistance Block Grant was slashed this year by nearly $2 billion, down from $5.1 billion for the previous winter.
"What that means for New Hampshire is that fewer people will be getting help," said Morin. "We're looking at getting about $19.7 million for the program, which will provide an average of $703 to about 25,000 households." That's compared with last year when the state received $40.8 million, providing an average of $925 to about 47,000 households. more...
Fall 2010 Census Data Releases: Keeping it all Straight
The results of the 2010 Census are eagerly awaited by many of us. The detailed data releases that begin in December and go right through to 2014 will provide many researchers and demographers with a suite of statistics that will be used to report on many of the characteristics of our population. Before any results from the 2010 Census are available, the Census Bureau has also planned several other releases this fall so it’s important to understand how they differ. more...
2010-2011 Zoning Amendment Calendars
OEP has posted zoning amendment calendars for towns with traditional and official ballot ("SB2") town meetings in March on the Zoning Amendment Calendars page in the A-Z subject list. The page also contains a link to the LGC calendar for additional dates of municipal activities beyond zoning amendments and for towns with April or May town meetings. more...
"Current Estimates and Trends in New Hampshire’s Housing Supply: Update 2009"
This October 2010 document shows residential building permits issued by towns for the calendar year 2009. more...
EPA Technical Assistance Will Help Concord, New Hampshire with Sustainable Growth and Development
Recognizing local governments' challenges in addressing infrastructure constraints, protecting water quality, setting development standards and creating options for housing and transportation, EPA has chosen Concord, New Hampshire as one of eight recipients nationwide to receive targeted technical assistance on growth and development issues. The project will receive approximately $65K in consulting services in addition to direct assistance from EPA staff. more...
EPA to Provide Technical Assistance on Sustainable Growth and Development
$206,618 awarded to the City of Claremont and the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission
In an unprecedented collaboration between two federal agencies, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today jointly awarded $206,618 to help stimulate a new generation of sustainable and livable communities in New Hampshire, connect housing, employment and economic development with transportation and other infrastructure improvements. The joint HUD-DOT funding will support 62 local and regional partnerships seeking to create a more holistic and integrated approach to connecting affordable housing, job opportunities and transportation corridors. more...
Notice of Public Hearing
The Office of Energy and Planning (OEP) will be conducting a public hearing on Monday, November 1, 2010, to take testimony and comments on the Weatherization Assistance Program Sustainable Energy Resources for Consumers grant award. This award is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and will involve amending the ARRA Weatherization Assistance State Plan. The grant period for this award ends on March 31, 2012. more...
Citizen Planner Collaborative Seeks Website Testers
The Citizen Planner Collaborative is seeking municipal Planning and Zoning Board members to participate in a beta-testing process in October. The Collaborative is seeking feedback from "Early Adapters," who are potential users of the newly developed (but not yet publicly released) Citizen Planner Collaborative Web site. The Collaborative is looking to secure feedback regarding the design, delivery, and support of the information and activities housed on the Web site, including: the Web-based training modules, training calendar, discussion forums and resource materials. more...
U.S. Energy Use Declines, Renewables Increase
Renewable Energy Weekly, August 26, 2010
A new government study shows that Americans are using less energy overall and making more use of renewable energy resources. The United States used significantly less coal and petroleum in 2009 than in 2008, and significantly more wind power. There also was a decline in natural gas use and increases in solar, hydro and geothermal power according to the most recent energy flow charts released by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. more...
Energy firm has an eye on Hinsdale
Hinsdale could become home to the first-of-its-kind recycling facility in the country. The proposal for a plant that would recycle organic material and turn it into energy comes from the Waltham, Mass.-based alternative energy company Harvest Power Inc., which has teamed up with Triple T Trucking of Brattleboro to make their pitch to Hinsdale. "We’re still in the exploratory stages," said Kate Wattson, Harvest Power’s director of business development. "We have looked at a few other communities, but at this point Hinsdale is our first choice." more...
Spotlight on New Hampshire Appliance Rebates
The State of New Hampshire is implementing a mail-in rebate program that will help residents replace older, inefficient hot water heaters and heating systems with new, ENERGY STAR qualified models and certain solar thermal products and indoor boiler reset controls that fall outside the ENERGY STAR scope. Advance rebate reservations are required for the solar thermal products. more...
Energy Technical Assistance Now Available
Energy Technical Assistance and Planning for NH Communities (ETAP) is a two year program providing energy efficiency technical assistance free of charge to NH communities and counties. ETAP's goal is to advance energy efficiency in all NH municipalities and provide the tools communities need to monitor energy performance.
Wire Belt Unveils Largest Solar Array in NH
99.3-kilowatt system, installed by Nexamp, generates 20% of Wire Belt’s electric needs
LONDONDERRY, NH (May 11, 2010) – Wire Belt Company of America brings energy conservation to great heights, recently installing a 99.3-kilowatt roof-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) system that is the largest solar array in New Hampshire. The new PV system, installed by Nexamp of North Andover, MA, will offset approximately 20% of total electricity consumed each year at Wire Belt. It is comprised of 473 rooftop PV panels covering 3,784 ft². more...
New Hampshire Climate Action Plan Annual Progress Review
The New Hampshire Climate Action Plan was completed in March 2009 with the help of the NH Climate Change Policy Task Force developed by Executive Order of the Governor in 2007. For the past year, the NH Energy and Climate Collaborative volunteered to track, report and communicate progress towards implementation of the recommended actions outlined in the NH Climate Action Plan and to discuss the gaps and challenges implementing partners face within their sector. The results of our collective efforts and our state’s progress on implementing the goals of the Climate Action Plan are outlined here in the Climate Action Plan Annual Progress Review 2010. more...
Bill creates energy districts
By JOHN P. GREGG - Valley News
The "property-assessed clean energy", or PACE, program would allow municipalities to form voluntary districts that would enable homeowners and commercial property owners to finance retrofits through their property taxes over 20 years. more...
USDA Invites Applications for Renewable Energy Funding
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking applications to increase the production and use of renewable energy sources. Funding is available from four USDA Rural Development renewable energy programs authorized by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill). USDA is accepting applications for grants and loan guarantees in the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) until June 30, 2010. More information on how to apply for funding is available in the April 26, 2010 Federal Register. The Rural Energy for America Program provides funds to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. more...
Action Plan Contracted for Coos Loop Transmission Lines
The New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning (OEP) is pleased to announce the selection and contract approval of KEMA, Inc to develop an Action Plan and Cost Allocation Methodology to address the upgrade of transmission lines in Coos County to encourage additional development of renewable energy generation.
Governor Lynch Announces NH Awarded $10 Million for Its Beacon Communities Project - Federal Grant Will Help Communities Become More Energy Efficient
Governor John Lynch today announced that New Hampshire has received a $10 million federal grant for its Beacon Communities Project, which will allow the state and local communities to partner to make homes, businesses and local public buildings more energy efficient.
2007 NH Energy Facts
The Office of Energy and Planning has released the 2007 edition of NH Energy Facts, a collection of information about energy usage in New Hampshire in 2007. more...
NHPA Awards - Deadline Extension
The deadline for NHPA Awards nominations is being extended until March 12, 2010. NHPA would like to recognize the hard work and accomplishments of the New Hampshire planning community with the presentation of a series of awards. Nominations will be accepted for the following categories: Professional Planner, Citizen Planner, Plan of the Year, and Planning Project of the Year. Presentations of these awards will be at the New Hampshire Planners Association Professional Development Workshop on April 22, 2010. Award winners will also be submitted for consideration in the 2010 NNECAPA awards. The deadline for nominations is now Friday, March 12, 2010. The nomination forms and award criteria can be found at: www.nhplanners.org. Please submit an electronic copy of your nomination(s) to Jillian Harris and Mikaela Engert at email@example.com. more...
State of New Hampshire Broadband Data and Development Grant Program Project Summary
The New Hampshire Broadband Mapping Program (NHBMP) is a coordinated, multi-agency initiative to inventory and map current and planned broadband coverage available to the state’s businesses, educators, and citizens. The program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), is part of a national effort to expand broadband access and adoption through improved data collection and broadband planning. more...
State, UNH launch Green Launching Pad for commercial environmental projects
The University of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning have just announced a new initiative, The Green Launching Pad, designed to use UNH resources to help launch new "green" businesses in the state. The Green Launching Pad will connect entrepreneurs and private industry with the technical, scientific and business faculty and staff of UNH, with a goal of creating a competitive green energy technology commercialization program. more...
Orton Blog Breaks New Ground - Cornerstones raises provocative ideas about building communities that last
Middlebury, VT - Ever wondered how health might be linked to planning, how 20-Minute Neighborhoods could save the world, or what we can learn from the revival of a Gulf Coast town in Mississippi? These are just a handful of topics raised on the Orton Family Foundation’s new blog, Cornerstones. more...
Weatherization at glacial pace - Program has spent fraction of money
The state's weatherization program has gotten off to a slow start - but is now on target to go full steam ahead. more...
Recreational Trails Program Grant Proposals Due January 29, 2010
Does your town's master plan express a desire to improve or build a local trail or trail-related facility? Are you looking to create a trailhead in town for residents or to attract tourism for the local economy? If you have a trail development project, please be advised that the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development Bureau of Trails is currently soliciting applications for trail projects through the federally funded Recreational Trails Program. Grant applications can range between $1,000 and $25,000 and are due on Friday, January 29, 2010 by 4:00 p.m. Funds may be used for maintenance and restoration of existing trails, purchase and lease of trail construction and maintenance equipment, construction of new trails, development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities, trail linkages, and acquisition of easements or property for trails. For more information, please go to http://www.nhtrails.org/grants-and-programs/recreational-trails-program/ or contact Bill Gegas, Program Specialist, Bureau of Trails at (603) 271-3254 x227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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